My garden is still having trouble recognizing that winter is on it’s way.
There are still a few roses and Asters happily blooming away, but most of my plants are finally starting to go dormant for the winter. A few other late bloomers like the Monkshood and Toadlilies only stopped blooming sometime last week.
I guess, after looking out my kitchen window, I could say that the New York Asters are mostly gone now too, but there are still a few blooms on the plant. Maybe a quarter of the plant is covered in flowers now (which means there are still about 100 blooms!).
The picture above was taken during the last week of October when the Asters were just starting to die down a little bit. They still looked gorgeous and vibrant from a distance, but as you got closer you could see a few dead or dying blooms beginning to show here and there.
I grow some roses near the New York Asters (correction- I grow roses near all my plants! I have 60+ rose plants!). Here’s a photo of a fading Scent-Sation Hybrid Tea rose blooming near the Asters.
Scent-Sations pink, rose and creamy white petals look lovely beside the pale mauve asters, don’t they?
Has your garden finally become dormant in preparation for winter or do you still have a few plants blooming away?