Tuesday View (23rd September)

Happy Autumn everyone!

The autumn equinox occurred at around 4.30am here, on Tuesday 23rd, although we have been well into the season for 3 weeks now. I just hope that doesn’t mean winter will come early too…

The view today, despite cloudy skies, still looks bright and cheerful. I think the golden Euonymous, which I tend to overlook, brings so much light to the rockery. I can recommend planting it so it can be seen from the house in winter. Ours has only frozen back once, dropping all its leaves, but didn’t seem any worse for it.

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My two favourite flowers this week are two of my asters… I always seem to be waiting so long for them to bloom, but when they do finally open they are beautiful, especially if captured in the sunshine!

The pink Aster novae angliae ‘Andeken an Alma Pötschke’

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And the delicate blue/mauve Aster, the name of which I no longer remember. (If anyone knows…?)

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I learned recently from Jason at Garden in a City that they are now referred to not as Aster, but as Symphyotrichum, which I can barely pronounce, let alone spell without looking it up! Isn’t that like changing the name of an old friend?! Really I should call them by the name we always used years ago: Michaelmas Daisies. This reminds me that they do flower so late every year, as St Michael’s Day is not until the 29th September.

A final picture for today, taken last week, shows the view I posted all through 2013… some of you may remember. The large acer is looking at its best with some blue sky behind it.

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Have a good week and a good start to the new season!

🙂

40 thoughts on “Tuesday View (23rd September)

  1. The garden is looking beautiful. I planted a golden Euonymus to lighten a shady spot and I know what you mean. Yours looks short. Is it the picture or is it something you can keep short? I’ve never cut mine. I put some asters in last year but I still need more. Yours are beautiful colours. Amelia

    • I think you can trim them quite drastically. Mine has sort of spread horizontally, but perhaps because of its position. I have chopped lots off it though. I should like more asters too, but as they do like some moisture when the buds are forming in summer I think my garden isn’t really ideal! (I do water them if it’s really dry).

  2. Pretty asters. It’s a shame they’re not more widely known as Michaelmas Daisies! And what a lovely long view you have, as well! I feel compelled to tell you that when I started doing my own Tuesday’s Views feature just a few weeks ago, I did not know you did one, so I hope you don’t feel like I stole your idea without giving you credit! Great minds, and all that. . .

    • Great minds indeed… I will be taking a look at your view later! I did a whole year of my long view, and am now coming to the end of a second year of watching my rockery! 😉

  3. You have certainly chosen a view that is perfect in every season; I can’t remember a week when something wasn’t flowering or looking beautiful. Here Asters (I can’t use that new name on the blog, even if I do when making plant lists now) are called settembrini (obviously based on the flowering month) As a family the flowering season is long from August for some of the earlies to mid to late October for some. I think I also have Aster novae angliae ‘Andeken an Alma Pötschke’, mine is just coming into flower. I need to move all of mine to where they have more water! Lovely to see the 2013 view again, it always seems so tranquil.

    • Thank you Christina. Keeping this weekly record has made me appreciate this side of the rockery more and make notes for improvement too.
      You have a lovely aster Monch that I should like too, but that’s the problem with asters – they really need plenty of water mid-summer!

  4. My brain/mind is numb. However… I think looking at your garden [through these photos] may jog my sluggish gray cells to life! 🙂

    I wanted to ask you something. You said “…golden Euonymous, which I tend to overlook…”

    It plucked at my curiosity. 🙂 Yeah, brain working!

    What I wanted to ask .. why do you think you tend to over look the golden Euonymous?

    🙂 I love your photos.

    • Strangely enough autumn seems to have slowed down after making such an early start, and not many leaves have fallen yet. Yes, there’s still a lot to enjoy and I do love autumn so much.

  5. Happy Autumn to you Cathy. I can’t keep up with all these plant name changes! They have always been and will continue to be Michaelmas daisies to me. My dear Dad would have been a Michael but for the fact that he arrived a day late into this world on the 30th.

    • I like the fact that a lot of people in Germany still celebrate their “Saint’s Day” in addition to (or even instead of) their birthday. And that many plants have common names linked to the saints’ days too. Another example is Scillas, called “Josefi Blümchen” for St Joseph here. 🙂

  6. Such a pretty yard 🙂 Happy Autumn Cathy over here it will soon be time to turn on the heat and add yummy items to a hot oven or it is how I will make it through lol no if I can just keep the weight I lost off 🙂

  7. Your last view looks spectacular Cathy, Is that a view from your house? I am appreciating Asters more and more for their late flowers, its good to be reminded of why they were called Michaelmas Daises in the first place.

    • Yes, I can see this from the picture window in our living room! 🙂 It is the west side of the rockery immediately below and the rest of the garden is just trees, grass, and lots of weeds… The acer at the bottom of the garden is stunning this year as it hasn’t dropped its leaves so quickly as usual.

  8. Our wild asters are in bloom now and goldenrod is on its way out. Fall came early here (Ohio) too. Will be interesting to see how the fall color is this year, but I don’t have great expectations.

    • Autumn seems to have slowed down now thank goodness! Our large acer has been a beautiful colour and is still hanging on to a lot of its leaves, but otherwise it still looks pretty green!

  9. I think we should just stick to calling them Asters, Cathy. Yours are absolutely beautiful. I hope winter doesn’t come too early, too, Cathy. It hardly seems possible that warm, summer weather has already slipped away. It seems to have gone by so quickly! You do have a beautiful fall garden, though. I love the colors! 🙂

  10. Thanks for the mention. I agree that all this renaming is very tiresome. And the new names are often just ugly. Aster is far preferable to Symphyotrichum, and did you see they replaced Dicentra with Lamprocapnos? I mean, really.

  11. There they go again switching names on us. But no wonder what you call it, it’s one of my favs. Here in the midwest, wish more people would use instead of the tired old obligatory mums. Love your blog. Will be sure to return.

  12. Lovely to see the old view again Cathy, do please do a tour of your garden one day, I’d love to see more! I am developing quite a thing for asters (I am refusing to acknowledge the name change), though many of mine start flowering much earlier, including the always wonderful Aster fricktartii Monch. I will be adding more in the coming years, I think, they seem to fit in well here.

    • I have seen quite a few pictures of the Monch aster recently and have also been thinking I could squeeze in a couple more asters… they do like water though, which is a problem in my summer garden! I keep thinking I’ll do a “tour” post one day… we’ll see!

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