Yesterday, our high temperature was 83. Today, our high was around 70, which was the temperature at 6:00 AM and then it went down from there as a cold front moved through and brought more rain. If we are to believe the 10 day forecast, we will not see temperatures above 70 until mid-next week. Time for a jacket!
But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves, there are still at least 6 or so good weeks ahead before it gets really cold. And in this next 6 weeks, we are going to see some amazing colors, like the color of this aster pictured here.
For most of the spring and summer, asters are just one of those plants that is straggling and weedy, and I wonder why I put up with it. Not only does it not look all that great, it self sows itself pretty well.
But then as other plants begin to fade, ta-da, these lovely purple asters start to bloom. I’ve heard them referred to as Michaelmas Daisies because they generally reach their peak bloom around September 29th, which is Michaelmas or the Feast of St. Michael. And these blooms will soon be covered with all kinds of butterflies. It’s an amazing display.
This is probably Aster novi-belgii. It’s also a passalong plant that I got from my aunt, who said she got it from my dad, but I don’t remember him growing these. I’ve hauled starts of this plant around to three different houses now, and I know two of my sisters have it in their gardens. (This picture, by the way, is actually from my younger sister’s garden, not mine.)
This is just the start of the end, a whole new season to enjoy.