Other flowers in the front yard


  1. That Bluebird aster is something! I love it. I’ve not heard of that one before, and I’ll be looking it up to see if I can get one.

    1. Thanks for commenting, Lisa! If you add Aster laevis ‘Bluebird’ to your garden, let me know how you like it.

  2. Your October garden looks great. What you and I grow are very different but then so are our climates. I love asters, even though I attempted to remove Symphyotrichum chilense, a California native, 2 years ago. It spreads by rhizomes but this was supposed to be “manageable” in low water gardens like mine. It behaved for several years but, when we had a good rain year it spread like crazy, then fried in the late summer heat in subsequent drier years. My attempt to pull it out has been only semi-successful. It rebounded somewhat this year as we had an extraordinary “water year,” registering almost 24 inches between October 1, 2022 and September 30th of this calendar year 😉

    1. Thanks for your comment!
      Not much seems to become unmaneagable here in NH 🙂 except some weeds, mostly those introduced from other places recently, like Asian bittwersweet, knotweed, glossy buckthorn trees. Jewelweed and goldenrod, both natives, popped up EVERYwhere this year but they are easily managed and I left most of them for insects and habitat. I’m trying to think of natives that are too spready here and coming up blank …. Lupine spreads all over but most people like that. Wild geranium is very spready but it’s easy to pull up and it grows where a lot of other things won’t. I grow crocosmia, not a native here, and it sure spreads, but again, I like that.
      I’m not sure how much rain we got over the year-span but from June through Aug, it was almost twice as much as usual for us (about 20 inches vs. the typical 11 inches). For Southern Calif., 24 inches does seem like a lot of rain!

    1. Thanks, Jerry. I appreciate your commenting.
      I love the late-season insects and plants. I’ve intentionally planted more native (and non-native) plants that bloom or offer pollinator value (as well as habitat) on the edges of the seasons, early spring and early fall, to give insects and the birds and others that feed on them a better chance of thriving, and to give migrators more energy to get them where they’re going.

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