Friday, October 26

Fickle Mickles

We planted two types of Michaelmas daisy in the front garden. One of the varieties Aster × frikartii 'Mönch' has been flowering since August.
The other variety Aster novi-belgii 'Purple Dome' is really struggling to produce any flowers. It's not that it isn't a healthy looking plane, nor that it hasn't produced any flower buds. It's just that the flower buds don't want to open and who can blame them? The few flowers that have been brave enough to open have been drenched.








The centre of this flower had it's own insect-sized swimming pool.


14 comments:

  1. They're both a lovely colour. They're usually so reliable for their blooms, though you can't blame them for wanting to keep their buds tightly shut this year.

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  2. hehehehe - nectar, a pool and a pretty view; great holiday spot for a bee :)

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    1. They'd have to snorkel for the nectar, Carrie

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  3. a pool?.... bees would dive in!!

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    1. Maybe they have water-wings Bangchik

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  4. What good is a swimming-pool if there is no sunshine? The Bees evidently went abroad for their hols this year...

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    1. Just to another plant, Mark But I guess that is abroad in bee terms.

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  5. Very pretty flowers! I like asters but the ones I have don't seem to flower very long. I bought them by mail order years ago and back then I didn't keep plant labels, as I thought all plants could just be put in the ground and would thrive naturally. :)

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    1. The first one has been flowering for ages Kelli. Wouldn't it be great if you planted something and it grew perfectly every time.

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  6. Pretty flowers Sue....hopefully next year will be a little drier and they will be much happier to come out and play!

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    1. Purple Dome still isn't fully out Tanya.

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  7. Purple Dome is a lovely plant What a pity it is so late and does not always escape the cold.

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    1. It is a lovely plant Roger and is still trying it's very best to flower - it has lots of buds. Maybe next year will be kinder to it.

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