This is a journal of my vegetable gardens. Skippy was my first dog and he thought the garden was his, even though I did all the work. Now Suzie and Charley follow in his footsteps. We're located near Boston (USDA zone 6A). I have a community plot, a backyard vegetable garden, fruit trees, berry bushes, chickens, and bees. I use sustainable organic methods and do my best to grow all of my family's vegetables myself.

Sunday, September 20, 2009

fall asters

fall asters

Sun (actually lack of it) dictates when asters bloom. They're obligate short-day plants, meaning they need several weeks of short days to trigger flowering. They're native New Englanders that are in full bloom now.

(BTW, I'm an obligate long-day gardener, meaning that I'd rather sleep all day in the winter. Like the aster, I am a native New Englander, at least as far back as I can remember.)


Anonymous Marian(LondonUK) said...

Beautiful, such a pretty and underestimated plant, the Bee is certainly enjoying it. I am going to put on my seed list an Aster that my friend Jan grew this year (Aster Duchess Mixed). The large colourful mix of flower heads resembled Chrysanthemums, great for cutting to bring a bit of late Summer indoors.
Marian (LondonUK)

September 21, 2009 9:15 AM

Blogger victoria T. said...

Beautiful picture, Kathy. The bee even throws a shadow! Little does he know his days are numbered now.

September 21, 2009 10:25 AM

Blogger kathy said...

Wow, I don't know if I've ever seen a bee shadow before!

I looked up how long honey bees live. They live 4-6 weeks. A hive will overwinter if it has at least 20-30 lbs of honey, but that's because the bees repopulate it. Guess that's what they do all winter, eat honey and repopulate. No more flowers til spring.

September 21, 2009 11:33 AM

Blogger Thomas said...

I've read that queen bees can live anywhere from 1 to 5 must be nice at the top.

September 21, 2009 2:29 PM

Blogger Thomas said...

I take that back...I'd rather snuggle up to flowers for 4-6 weeks then spend 1-5 years as a queen confined to my cell.

September 21, 2009 2:35 PM

Blogger Dan said...

Great shot Kathy. I planted asters in the urns out front this year, I am really pleased with them. The bugs really like them too as your photo shows.

September 21, 2009 9:26 PM

Anonymous Amy said...

Beautiful photo and asters (and even bee)!

September 21, 2009 10:40 PM


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