Asters (as they were known then) and other endemic Central Basin natives grew with happy abandon in the forested woodland where C and L now stands. Sixty years ago a neighborhood was carved from the woods and a house was built. Homeowners came and went, while the asters grew quietly on the woodland edge. Twenty five years ago this brand new gardener fell head over heals in love with the blue clouds of flowers that were covered with bees and butterflies in the yard of her new home. They so captured my heart, that I built a garden around them. I've allowed them to root and seed themselves with abandon. Symphyotrichum shortii, Symphyotrichum cordifolium, Symphyotrichum dumosus, Eurybia divaricata, Symphyotrichum lateriflorum, Symphyotrichum priceae, and Symphyotrichum ericoides var. ericoides have spilled into the paths, crept into the wildflower beds and cozied up to the benches all over Clay and Limestone.
They spill over into the paths,
Isn't nature grand!
More on Clay and Limestone's asters
Little Asters Everywhere (here)
Natives For Fall Color (here)
This Is The Place To Bee (here)
Central Basin Wildflowers (here)
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