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Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I'm grateful to have any asters at all, though.

Nice photo.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Thanks!

There were really quite a lot of butterflies on my asters this year. If it gets warmer again maybe more will show up.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

I worked hard to always have something pollinator-friendly blooming in my yard from April through late October. This worked as far as bees are concerned. They are plentiful. But there aren't many butterflies, though I saw one paying attention to my swamp milkweed.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Same here, that's why I bought a 2nd aster for next to the other and a smaller breed for the front yard. My earliest flowers (which I didn't plant) are snowdrops.

I also just bought and planted a Christmas rose. We'll see how that turns out. Not sure if it will even get flowers in the first year.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

Christmas rose is a hellebore. Rabbits and woodchucks won't eat them. They'll survive everything from full sun to deep shade. They'll also tolerate drought.

I've don't think I've ever gotten close to one of them. Do they smell nice?

I considered Hellebores when I was planting on the shady north side of my trailer. I ended up with Solomon's Seal, Wood asters, and May Apples. These may not be native to your area, though. I wanted flowers that our local pollinators would enjoy. They seem to love what I've planted. smiley - smiley I enjoy my flowers too.


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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

smiley - cool Sounds lovely!

I don't think they have a particular smell. I wanted one because it's one of the very few things that has flowers in winter.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

One of my New England asters bloomed in late December the year I raised it from seed. It was the only thing that still had green leaves at the time.

Right now the Montauk daisies are out in full force. The roses are reblooming, and we have an iris that has gone into a second bloom period.

I adore the aroma of irises.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Oh yes, the roses bloom again now. My irises however don't get flowers again at this time of the year.


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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

The iris was probably a fluke.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

Ah, I see. smiley - laugh


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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

An absolutely wonderful fluke. Irises smell like no other flowers I've ever smelled. I have a habit of trying to see how things smell. Sometimes this brings me to grief, but the really good-smelling things make up for it. There's a blackeyed Susan that smells like almond biscotti. I buy garbage bags that smell like cinnamon. Coneflowers smell like ripe peaches. On the down side, the river wetlands near my house smell, well, rotten smiley - yuk. And I hate it when my shoes get wet and smell like fungus.


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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Tavaron da Quirm - Arts Editor

I must say I never noticed my irises having any particular smell at all.smiley - huh


Gosh, my asters only get bumblebees

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paulh, making lemonade from the lemons that life has given me

Apparently some irises have more of a scent than others

http://www.pacifichorticulture.org/articles/fragrance-in-wild-western-gardens-irises/

We have bearded irises. They usually smell nice.


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