New England Aster and pollinator

As autumn approaches, the Asters come into their own with the rich purples and pinks of the New England Asters, the diminutive and subtly tinted Amethyst Aster, and the popping sprays of white or the heath aster, also called the many-flowered aster.  These contrast so


wonderfully with the Black-eyed Susans and the Goldenrod – not to be confused with ragweed as National ABC and local KCRG-TV did. Honestly, goldenrod is gold and rag weed is totally non-descript.  Big and annoyingly allergenic, but not the same.  Goldenrod also is insect pollinated not wind pollinated.  Only someone pushing his/her nose into the pollen would be affected.  Not many people do that.

Since our privet hedge will soon be dug up to accommodate the ditch and rain cell and swale then the asters needed a new home.  I dug some out and put them on the outer rings of the labyrinth.  Next year I hope we have good color and excellent stands of grasses surrounding the labyrinth.

About marionpatterson

From the Heartland: Marion is a master educator, writer, Veriditas Trained and Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, a member of the Veriditas Council, creator and workshop promoter, and environmental educator. A Holy Fire II Usui and Holy Fire II Karuna Reiki Master Teacher, Healing Touch Spiritual Ministries Certified Practitioner (HTSM-CP), Advanced Integrated Energy Therapy practitioner she seeks to connect with others in their knowledge and spiritual quests. She leads Healing Talking Circles using the principles embraced by indigenous populations and in Restorative Justice Circles. She and her husband, Rich, co-own Winding Pathways LLC and live in Eastern Iowa. "Encouraging people to create wondrous yards." Go outside and Play!
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