Saturday, November 15, 2008

Aster 'Miss Bessie'

Aster 'Miss Bessie' came to my garden from Niche Gardens. After reading this description, how could I not try it? This is from their 1998 catalog:

"A warning -- I am crazy about Aster 'Miss Bessie'! During the fall I watched this mysterious tall Aster budding up in our roadside garden and assumed it was Wild Frost Aster. On an overcast Halloween morning, buds opened into hundreds (thousands?) of 1" medium purple, star-like blooms, floating at 4' and weaving with the tops of ornamental grasses. Bloom lasted for 3 weeks through light frosts -- an incredible late treat in the garden. 'Miss Bessie' does spread vigorously; plant her in the meadow or back of the border with plenty of space to run, and pull out wanted shoots in spring. A foundling in a Deep South garden, 'Miss Bessie' is of questionable parentage."

Just starting to open up

Covered with dew


  1. I have to say that I Love YOUR last photo and that Claude Monet had these growing in his garden!! YES!!! I have photos but I did NOT post in my MOnet post! Nice to meet you!

  2. So very beautiful, the dew is so delicate!
    Sandra Evertson

  3. Welcome naturegirl and sandra, and thank you. It's so interesting that you saw this aster in Monet's Garden.

  4. Sweetbay ~ This aster is beautiful. The dew on the blooms adds to their wonderful color. To think that Monet had these growing in his garden is really neat.


  5. Thank you flowerlady. I think it's neat that these are growing in Monet's Garden too. I'd love to know the origins of this aster.


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