Monday, October 10, 2011

Fall Wildflowers: Asters Native to the Catskills



Vintage wasp catcher from France, $60 - Dreamy Whites



















Summer passed
firefly-fast
Now dancing asters
have a blast
as golden roadsides
roll in shawls
of fuzzy faces
soft and small

Violet
fireflake
snowworks call

Love now
We will not last
It's fall

Asters by Amy LV






Daintily branched all the way down the stem, and covered with tiny starry flowers with violet eyes, these beauties grace dry meadows and roadsides in late September.  The Small White-Flowered Aster and Calico Aster (Symphyotrichum racemosa & Symphyotrichum lateriflorum) are known to inbreed readily, so it’s not uncommon to see variations.   I transplanted a few plants from the side of the road two years ago and I’m rewarded with bloom without further fuss.

What is your favorite aster?



Until next time, stay shabby!



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33 comments:

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Beautiful images, Sandy. I have flowers very similar to those that pop up in my yard, along with other wildflowers. I'm a neglectful gardener, so wildflowers work for me.

June said...

These are my favorite of all the asters. I have them in my garden as well and they are blooming beautifully. Such a sweet bloom and hardy plant. Your photos are so lovely Sandy. I always love your posts.

Mariette's Back to Basics said...

Dearest Sandy,

For years we used to have a rather big and healthy wild aster plant but this year's drought has killed so many. So glad to see them in your post of today! LOVE these tiny, but very strong flowers.
Love to you,

Mariette

It's me said...

I like all flowers my dear Sandy...that's my life !! flowers.......enjoy a happy week...love from me...xxx...

Anna at the Doll House said...

They look gorgeous Sandy. I love their fluffy, frothiness.
However, today's favourite photograph has to be the medicine bottles. I have a bottle from the American Owl Company Pharmacy and after seeing your picture, I think it would look beautiful with wild flowers too. So, thanks for your inspiration.

Anna

A Cozy Cottage in the City said...

Hi Sandy!!

OMG!!! I saw your lovely decorated cabin for the first time in Rachel Ashwell's latest book {attended her book signing last Thursday}. Anyway, as I was reading through the book this past weekend, I saw the description/pics on your place, and was just so inspired...then found your blog at the end of her book. I haven't been blogging too long {a few months}, so I am so excited to find such an inspiring blog - I am your newest follower!!! :) Take care and have a most wonderful week.


XO's,
Jessie

The Vintage Farmhouse said...

Every time I see your photos of outdoors I miss the East Coast sooooo much.

Katherines Corner said...

This is a beautiful post sweetie. I don't know if I have a favorite aster. But the ones in this post are lovely. Hope your weekend was a sweet one. Happy Monday xo

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

Hi Sandy! I have the same lovely wild asters all around my yard...I am gathering a big bunch today to bring inside. I also have the cultivated ones that I bought from a nursery, and in five years they have spread like a ground cover. Lovely pics!!

Rhonda said...

I love your asters, Sandy. It's still warm in Arizona, so my flowers look wonderful.

Of course, I can hardly tell the difference between my rosemary bush and my lavender, I'm no gardner.

I do enjoy growing, nonetheless.

Have a happy week, Rhonda

Cindy said...

Ohhh they're precious. I love asters. We have blue ones that bloom down here in North Carolina. So many times i have wanted to pull off the side of the road and dig some up.

Cindy

Sizzle and Zoom said...

These are beautiful asters with little purple centers. Love your photos.

LizlovesVintage said...

Hi Sandy,
I have a black thumb, no matter how hard I try. Honestly! They are just so dainty. Great way to display them.
xxx Liz

Amy LV said...

What a delight to have my little asters poem visiting your delightful blog. Thank you for inviting it in... I look forward to coming back to this beautiful space! A.

vintage-rose Cottage said...

Hi Sandy,,the flowers are so beautiful,,and the picture ,,hmmmmmm..i wish you a very nice week,Belinda

A Cottage Muse said...

How beautiful!
I bought a pot of purple asters this year for my front steps instead of mums...love them!

BiancoAntico said...

A very nice blog...finally.
Elegant, simple.
Compliments!
I'm Viviana from Italy,
nice to meet you.

Ciao

Vicki said...

I have seen fabric termed "aster" in terms of the purple-red color but I have never seen an aster flower, so thank you for posting about them; so lovely. In the coastal west, our roadside flowers in spring are orange-red poppy, blue-purple lupine, yellow coreopsis and yellow mustard. To me, they seem hardy; your aster is much more delicate. Our foothills now are arid and dry; I don't see fall wildflowers, but maybe I'm not looking hard enough.

I agree with the other commenters; your photos are so pleasing to the eye. Calming. And I enjoy your accompanying poems or quotes. Little treasures.

Thank you for the nice post.

Vicki Again said...

Wow, how could I have missed that you are featured in Rachel Ashwell's latest book? Tell us more or repeat for those of us needing to catch up. I have her book on order.

flammables storage cabinet said...

I saw your beautiful decorated cabin for the first time in Rachel Ashwell's latest book. Anyway, as I was reading through the book this past weekend, I saw the description/pics on your place, and was just so inspired, then found your blog at the end of her book. I haven't been blogging too long, so I am so excited to find such an inspiring blog - I am your newest follower.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Good morning Sandy,
I love the simplicity of your blog.
The white asters are lovely and look so sweet in the bottle. Thank you for a delightful post. Wishing you a beautiful day.

Blessings,
Sandi

Wendy said...

I just love these pictures! You have a great style!

A Gracious Home said...

Beautiful blog and pictures. I enjoyed them very much. Doylene

Grace InAZ said...

Ohhh, I just love your photos...every one of them! But the old house might be my favorite. Thanks, GraceinAZ

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Sandy, what a GORGEOUS blog you have!! So many stunning images! I am now following you via Katherine's blog hop party. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!!

Bring Pretty Back said...

From the side of the road... that is the very best part! I am transplaning things from my friends yard this weekend and I can't wait.
Your astors - beautiful.
Have a pretty day!
Kristin

Caterina said...

Wonderful images....i love flowers!!!
xoxo
<3 Caterina

Kathy said...

I love all Asters...mostly all the pirples...purple is my favorite country of course!!!Enjoy the Fall!!!!

Shabbily By The Sea said...

Hi Sandy,
They look wonderful displayed in your vintage wasp catcher and i love that you harvested from the roadside,they are so pretty.
Here in England they have to let the road side flowers seed before cutting them now and we have wonderful displays and thank you for making me look at wild flowers in your shabby streamside way and seeing their beauty xx

Mariaelena said...

Hi Sandy...those asters are GORGEOUS!!!...simply beautiful...love your blog and photographs....I live in the Hudson Valley...stop on over...Happy Sunday, Mariaelena

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh these are so pretty!

Anonymous said...

Beautiful blog. Love the cottage photo. Sounds life a piece of heaven. New follower...looking forward to stopping in again!

life just saying said...

Just posted as a new follower...not sure why it said anonymous!!!

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