The time is here for the blooming of the blues. Not the Salvia farinacea ‘Victoria’ shown with the honeyed coleus growing in the wheelbarrow planter though, although that color is exquisitely sublime. It is the fall blooming asters in hues of the sea and sky of which we speak. A couple of years ago it was decided that the foaming bubbles of white wild asters that pop up all over the property needed some indigo to help the eye to find a place to rest.
Jindai’s species parent, Aster tataricus, a passalong from the Nashville garden of dear friend Gail, has much the same habit, only much taller. The ladder is hiding behind the shed, so you, dear readers, will have to settle for a shot of the underpetals by a height challenged photog.
This blue aster can be identified by the sheer volume of buds even before they open. It might need propping by a neighbor or metal structure to help keep the many blooms in view. We use both, finding shrub type roses to be very helpful to hold the wayward branches with thorny stems.
Here are the blue asters mentioned previously growing happily in the Gravel Bed tall back border. Grasses, white flowered asters and wild goldenrod, among others join the scene. It is impossible to take a photo of this bed that gives a realistic idea of how lovely it truly is to the eyes of the human gardener, so labels have been added to help. The names are to the left of each species except October Skies whose name is under the blooming blue blob. The blues are recognized more clearly with a human lens. I thought about drawing a circle around each bouquet to help them stand out, but maybe squinting is better. Or a vivid imagination.
This is just the beginning of fall blues. They should remain in bloom until frost, offering nectar for visiting pollinators including many butterflies. October Skies was chosen to join the pink Muhly grass that is just beginning to open by the driveway. If the unopened as yet buds are any indication, it should be a very big show.