The feast day of St Michael the Archangel on the 29th September coincides with the peak flowering season of autumn flowering Asters. Which is how they come by their common name, Michaelmas Daisy.
These pretty flowers were bought from the Old Court Nurseries and Picton Gardens in Worcestershire back in 2014 and have flowered every year since. If you want to read about these lovely gardens which holds the Plant Heritage National Collection of over 430 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies which are displayed in the charming 1.5-acre Picton Garden then please click on this link. There will have been many changes since my visit I am sure, but it really is a feast for the eyes at this time of year.
The New World species New England aster (Symphyotrichum novae-angliae) have now been reclassified in the genera Symphyotrichum but I think most of us will continue to call them Asters.
You had a lot of asters to choose from (I wonder if I will live long enough not to know a single flower name?) This classic colour is still my favourite.
The ones that I chose were all shorter varieties and suitable for a container as at that time I didn’t have a garden. I’d like to get some more of the pink ones, mine seems to have disappeared, as they do!
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