Gardening & More: Plant September’s flower, the aster, in your flower beds
My aster just started blooming, about two weeks ago, and is a welcome sight. I expect it will continue to bloom for several more weeks.
“Asters add a nice, bright pop of color that’s different than mums,” said Tara Perrin, assistant manager at Murray Brothers Nurseries, located at 4735 Transit Road, at the corner of 20A in Orchard Park.
Asters like drier conditions, so you do not have to worry about spending a lot of time watering. They are perennials and overwinter easily.
Murray Brothers has asters in pink and blue in stock. They grow about 1 – 2 feet tall and some can get taller.
The name aster comes from the Greek word for star. The aster’s petals look like rays of starlight reaching out from its warm, yellow center.
There is much folklore surrounding asters. In ancient times, it was believed that burning aster leaves would drive away evil serpents. It is said that the plant is ruled by Venus and is useful in love potions.
They symbolize many different traits: contentment, patience, variety, daintiness, faith, wisdom and valor.
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens will hold its annual succulent show from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. through Sunday, Oct. 7.
The succulent show, designed by Julie Hughes and Teresa Mazikowski, gardeners at the Botanical Gardens, was a visitor favorite last year.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. Members and children under 3 attend free.
Connie Oswald Stofko is publisher of Buffalo-NiagaraGardening.com, the online gardening magazine for Western New York. Email Connie@BuffaloNiagaraGardening.com.