A morning walk around the path revealed some new blooms that have emerged since cooler weather has come our way.
**Climbing Aster, Aster carolinianus,** is a native viny shrub that loves boggy conditions. Planted in the boggy area that hasn't been boggy this year, it is still looking happy and producing light lavender blooms.
Two specimens of this wetland plant started as seedlings this spring. The little seedlings were about 8 inches tall and just one spindly looking stem. Those stems grew to be four feet in height before putting out branches that now hold a profusion of flowers.
Fuzzy bees are all over these light lavender blossoms. As soon as the morning sun warms the air a bit, they fly in and begin nectaring.
Though the bottom half of these asters is a bit scruffy, they seem to be a good native choice for a difficult area of the garden. (Hmmm....the lemon grass thriving in the same general area could be placed in front of these asters to camoflage those bare stems.) Hopefully, they will re-seed with abandon and so will ideas for how to best use them in the garden.
** Since publishing this post I have learned that this aster is most likely another native, Elliott's aster (Symphyotrichum elliottii) rather than the one I named. It is supposed to sucker freely so I will probably be able to fill in my boggy area nicely. Here is a great link for more information if you are interested: http://hawthornhillwildflowers.blogspot.com/2009/11/elliotts-aster-symphyotrichum-elliottii.html