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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ABC Wednesday: A is for Asters and Archives

I couldn't believe it when my fairy asters started blooming in late June this year.
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Although we had a very hot June, we had a chilly spring and fairy asters never bloom before September where I live in NC.
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They bloom after most flowers are dying back and sometimes don't reach full bloom until they get hit by an October frost.
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To make sure my memory was correct I went to my archives. The first two shots are in late June and early July of this year (2011). The shot above and below are from mid and late September of 2010.
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My archives are arranged by date and I also have put in names for what are in the folders to make searching easier.
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The shot above and below are from mid and late Septemeber of 2009
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The next shot of my fairy asters was taken in late September of 2008.
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The last two aster shots were taken in mid to late September of 2007.
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2007 wasn't a good year for these asters because they weren't in full bloom until they got hit by an October frost. This year is even worse because they aren't able to deal well with being in bloom in the heat of the summer and are already looking dreary.
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34 comments:

Mama Zen said...

They are really lovely!

Gigi Ann said...

The Fairy Asters are lovely, and, until today I always called them some kind of Daisy. We live and learn so much from our visits to ABC Wednesday.

Sylvia K said...

What lovely flowers and marvelous captures for the A Day!! Hope your week is going well, Carver! Enjoy!

Sylvia

Jane and Chris said...

I love the name 'fairy asters'.
Jane x

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

ah asters - they look like big daisies to me.

Roger Owen Green said...

How horticulturally organized you are. Yes, the weather patterns of the past don't predict the future at all..

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Kay L. Davies said...

You're right. This year is right off the charts as far as weather is concerned. Everything is out of synch and behind schedule, including your lovely Asters.
Very pretty, though, Carver.

—Kay, Alberta, Canada

jane said...

What gorgeous little flowers - I have something similar in my rockery but it has a darker leaf - I am well impressed with your archives - I have started a gardening blog called Marigold - which I shall use to refer back to - when I can get it up to date!

photowannabe said...

That is such a great name for the lovely flowers.
Like Gigi Ann, I would have called them daisies.
It seems my plants don't know what time of year it is either. Crazy weather does strange things to the growing cycle.

Wanda said...

Oh what lovely "asters"...I always thought of them as daisies.

Leslie: said...

Beautiful ASTERS! They look a bit like the daisy (are they related?) I especially love the closeup photo. Have a wonderful week,

Leslie
abcw team

Tumblewords: said...

This is the second 'most unusual' year we've had and things are blooming early or late - seems like the clocks have all gone awry. Your archiving is admirable!

Meryl said...

Absolutely fascinating! This has been a very weird weather year and you have proof right here.

Carver said...

Thanks to everyone for visiting. To answer the questions about fairy asters they are - Fairy Aster (Aster vimineus) is in the Family: Aster (Asteraceae). In terms of the relation to daisies - "Asteraceae or Compositae, (the aster, daisy, or sunflower family), comprise the largest family of vascular plants."

"Aster (syn. Diplopappus Cass.) is a genus of flowering plants in the family Asteraceae."

Here's a link to more information about fairy asters - http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/plants/floramw/species/astevimi.htm

Dishita said...

Your asters look lovely.
Isn't it a good sign that they spring up when other flowers die, i guess it likes the "fame".
I liked the idea of archiving pics by dates, used to do on hard copies when young.

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Those are beautiful!

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Paula Scott said...

Yes, agreed. Ours here blooms in the fall. Except, yours look white. Ours are this wonderful shade of lavender/purple. I am perplexed as to why your asters there are already blooming.

Ms. Burrito said...

The butterfly is so beautiful!

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John said...

Gorgeous blooms.

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Hildred and Charles said...

Maybe this is just a little advance blooming, Carver, - my chrysanthemums do that sometimes - a sad display in July and then magnificence in September.

Hazel said...

Fairy Asters. What a charming name!

Jo Bryant said...

They are so beautiful. Love the shots

Reader Wil said...

Well that's interesting! Does that mean we are in for an early winter? I hope not.Anyway the flowers are very pretty!

Cezar and Léia said...

Adorable flowers, all pictures are very beautiful!
Léia

Ann said...

The weather changes, and nature is all confused.

Kate said...

Delicate and beautiful blooms.

Martha said...

Very pretty. In the fall I will have purple asters growing along the edges of my yard. They are one of my favorite wildflowers.

Elizabeth said...

Now that is a really interesting reflection and beautiful images, too. x

EG Wow said...

I hope you get enough rain for the asters to look splendid in September. I'm thinking it might not yet be too late. :)

Birgitta - foto CHIP said...

Lovely A flowers and you also got a butterfly :)

onangelwings said...

Is that what they are. Lovely collection of pretty flowers.
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Cildemer said...

Very nice entry for A day and your asters are lovely!
Mine are blue and they are blooming too!
Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my place and taking the time to comment;o)

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nonizamboni said...

Nice chronicle of those beautiful asters--my mom's favorite.
Happy new ABC round!

Indrani said...

Whoa! Truly beautiful captures.

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