Phew! I'm glad I left these plants in this planter. I wasn't even sure they were actual flowers until last week, and have been rewarded with these pretty, light purple Asters.
This photo of the ceramic pot full of lush green leaves, above, ran in the blog on July 2nd. At the time, I knew I had planted a marigold in the center of it, but couldn't remember what the majority of leaves around it belonged to. They were coming up all around the perimeter, so were clearly meant to be there; they weren't just weeds. I left them, and last week was rewarded with lavender Asters. The marigold was quite large, with solid orange flowers, but in a recent torrential downpour, most of the stems were broken. There is just a small part of it growing out to the left now. I'll remember these Asters next year! As perennials, they withstood the winter's snow on the porch just fine and I'm sure they will be just as pretty next fall.
Other Asters Around Town
Cultivated pink Asters, found planted in front of a small business.
Wild mini white Asters creating a 4-foot high mound of bee-loving flowers next to the railroad tracks.
A small cluster of wild purple Asters growing about twelve feet off the side of a small road, right at the line where the woods began. They are only about 8-10 inches high.
The same cluster of wild purple Asters from a different angle. I pointed these out to several people walking by as I photographed them, and most didn't seem to care, lol.
This variety of wild white Asters is blooming all around town right now. There are literally millions of these roadside "weeds" abloom. I'm always surprised they make it to this floral stage. For 99% of the growing season, they are completely nondescript in appearance, just another green weed.