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Monday, January 5, 2015

Holding out against winter

Willowleaf aster/Symphyotrichum praealtum is still holding onto its color despite 22F temperatures this morning! The Arctic freeze that is blowing into town will put an end to its color, but it reigns supreme as my longest blooming rough and tumble wildflower!

If this doesn't convince you to plant it in your garden, I don't know what else I can do!

xoxogail

PS I've written about it many times, in fact as recently as last month, check out ~Willowleaf aster, a must for your garden!

Gail Eichelberger is a gardener and therapist in Middle Tennessee. She loves wildflowers and native plants and thoroughly enjoys writing about the ones she grows at Clay and Limestone. She reminds all that the words and images are the property of the author and cannot be used without written permission.

13 comments:

  1. You've convinced me and I've added it to my spring shopping list. Gorgeous shot!

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  2. I absolutely LOVE the late asters! I think they are my favorite of all the wildflowers for color, beauty, and ability to attract pollinators!

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  3. Love that it is still holding on.

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  4. It is lovely and wonderful to still be blooming in January!
    Have a great week!
    Lea

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  5. Wow, that's exciting, Gail! Lovely photo, too.

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  6. I love watching those last survivors. Due to your recommendation, I have put this one on my list of plants for 2015. I had a golden alexander that continued to bloom until our most recent cold snap. Pretty sure it is benefiting from the microclimate where it is planted but still exciting. I think this week will put an end to any remaining blooms in my garden.

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  7. You are fortunate to have just that spot of color. Love it.

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  8. How exciting to have anything holding out with this awful wind and cold.

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  9. Always ready to try a new aster, though I doubt it would still be holding out up here!

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  10. Oh to see an aster now would be so sweet...one of my favs.

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  11. Amazing! You've got to love anything this hardy!

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  12. Love that singing colour! Happy New Year to you and yours from North Wales.

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  13. Wow, that's quite amazing! I found a couple of pansies still hanging onto flowers well into December, and it certainly made me smile.

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