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.


  1. restlessjo says:

    Yes, a jewellery box of colour. That was a lovely post, Jude 🙂 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Did you pop over to the old post? Now that’s a lovely garden. One thing this country does well 😊

      1. restlessjo says:

        Yes, I did 🙂 🙂

  2. margaret21 says:

    Oh lovely. Let’s hope the cold doesn’t attack them too soon.

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s the rain that kills mine off.

  3. BeckyB says:

    Well there you go – never really thought about their name before, but so obvious now that you explain it!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think I always knew them as Michaelmas Daisies. My mother loved them.

      1. BeckyB says:

        They’re gorgeous. Hope the forthcoming rain doesn’t affect them too much

        1. Heyjude says:

          Mmm.. might be an idea to bring one of the pots into the conservatory tomorrow for a few days, this one however is too heavy to move very far.

        2. BeckyB says:

          Yeah I probably should be doing the same with some of my pots, although into the greenhouse for me as don’t have luxury of a conservatory. Hope you got them in before the rain arrives

        3. Heyjude says:

          Er… no. Rain began here at 5 am!

  4. beetleypete says:

    They are a lovely colour, Jude. My Mum always called them Asters.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      These pale blue ones are very nice, I don’t know what has happened to the equally nice magenta pink ones!

  5. Jo Shafer says:

    Asters were my mother’s favorite late summer/early fall flower in her garden. I didn’t realize that asters are the same thing as the Michaelmas Daisies I’d find in English poems/stories. Now I know.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Glad to have been of assistance 😁😁
      My mother loved them too.

  6. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Love it when I learn something new. Thank you

  7. Cathy says:

    Sadly, we were too early for peak aster blooming when we went to Picton. I haven’t any here, partly because the one I tried didn’t survive and most of them are just so TALL anyway. There’s a big clump at my Mum’s in poor soil in wet and mild west of Scotland, so they shouldn’t really be difficult though…

    1. Heyjude says:

      The ones I have in this pot are short varieties.

      1. Cathy says:

        Do you have a variety name?

        1. Heyjude says:

          I think this one is Aster novi-belgii “Little Man in Blue” or Symphyotrichum novae-angliae as they are now known. The Island series are shorter varieties too. I have one of those featuring on Saturday’s post.

        2. Cathy says:

          Worth having just for the name perhaps! Will look into it and the Island series too

  8. One of my favourites. After I lost all the originals in the drought last year, I replaced them all with cuttings from a friend and I’m pleased to report they are flourishing. I have purple, pink and burgundy flowers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I hadn’t thought of cuttings. I wonder when it is a good time.

      1. These were all pieces with roots on, so maybe not technically cuttings. I planted them all in April, so mid autumn here and they got going straight away.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Ah, OK. I will try and empty the pot in spring before they get going again and divide them. Hopefully I won’t kill them all 😂

        2. Heyjude says:

          Someone once suggested running water through a pot to wash out the soil so the plants can be removed without breaking the pot, so I may have to try that as they are well stuck in!

        3. It’s worth a try. Mine are in the border of the rose garden.

  9. Su Leslie says:

    They are lovely Jude: and I never knew about the naming either!

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are always changing botanical names these days, I’m stuck with the old ones though.

  10. Suzanne says:

    Thanks for the info as it was new to me. A popular one to gardens down these parts. They seem to always put on a show as did your photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lovely autumn flowers and the bees love them too.

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