I believe every plants man/woman grows some plants for sentimental reasons. Perhaps you too grow some old variety, or a plant your mother used to grow. Let me tell you about the plant I grow for sentimental reasons.
When - at the age of nine- I started gardening I asked my grandfather for a plant to grow in my garden. Mind you my grandfather had a large, beautiful garden, filled with plants, so he could easily spare me a plant. On a Wednesday afternoon – when the kids in Holland do not attend school - l biked to my grandfather’s house. He had already dug out a purple Aster for me.
What an excellent choice for a nine-year-old gardener! Aster is a very strong plant and grows in every soil. It flowers for a long period and aside from some occasional mildew it is THE trouble-free plant for starters.
I remember planting the Aster in my tiny garden. Of course I expected the plant to flower next week. It did not. As you might expect, at a certain moment the garden was neglected. I was just too young.
But after all those years I still have a soft spot for purple Asters. I grow many in my garden. Different varieties flower one after the other. So I have Asters flowering for a long period. I love the varieties with small flowers, like Aster ‘Little Carlow’. Another favourite is Aster Laevis calliope; that is the one with almost black stems.
Maybe you find me sentimental, but when the Asters are flowering I always remember being in my grandfather’s garden. And that is a happy memory!
|Aster ' Little Carlow'.|
|There is always a buzz around the Asters.|
|Different unknown variaties.|
|Not only me, but the butterflies love them too.|
|I like the soft purple color.|
|This is Aster Laevis calliope. With almost black stems.|
|In Autumn, I am never short in flowers.|
|They are beautiful together with Dahlia's.|
|Asters make me happy.|
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