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Aster Frikartii Monch — 26 Comments

  1. Alistair, somehow, your move passed me by… perhaps because we, too, are moving. We are relocating from the Atlantic (East) Coast to the West Coast in the heart of Wine Country, Napa Valley. We will miss our gardens but look forward to the adventure of building new ones.

    As for Frikartii, we have this growing in our rose island and it’s gorgeous… a solid bloomer. I find anything lavender in color … catmint, violets, ajuga, lavender, delphinium, bachelor’s buttons …. to be such a perfect fit as companion plants with roses. And this gives long lasting color…. trim it back and just keeps on blooming.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do in Cheshire!

    Cathy and Steve

  2. Hey Alistair,
    Must totally concur on a thumbs up for Mr. Friskart’s creation. Must be nice to have one’s name memorialized for generations to come. Can just imagine a tight-clustered pink variety or would the parallel be a species known as Aster alistairii, my friend?
    Best,
    Patrick

  3. Forgot to mention, as a marketing communications professional with over 25 years of experience, I’d highly recommend Annette find a more unique name especially when she’s casting herself in the shadow of your heavyweight (so to speak) blog. Will leave her a note in a comment. I do have some cultural heritage in this area as my grandfather emigrated from Scotland to Australia in the 1920s but then we continued our family’s extended voyage around the world by coming to Kansas in 1978. Maybe future generations will stay put6 for a while.

  4. Of course, I must have asters as they are a cottage garden flower. Mine bloom late which I love as there are few colorful flowers at that time. However, Frikartii Monch is a summer bloomer here and I think I must have it too. I see you have already begun to make your distinctive mark on your new garden! Love the blue-tits. P. x

  5. Hi Alistair,
    Thanks so much for the plug – can’t wait for the spring so I can really get going with my blog. I am very impressed that you could pull up a photo from 12 years ago. I suppose a good photo filing system is very important with blogging.
    I have not had much luck with asters so far, but reading your blog I don’t think they have been given enough sun. I will certainly try to find Frikartii Monch and try again.

  6. Hi Alistair, what a pretty aster – not sure if it will like my acid soil and rather shady garden but I am going to revamp one part of my south facing bed this summer which gets a least afternoon sun so I will be able to include some new plants. My wish list is getting longer and longer, there are so many plants I read about that I would like to have! (You can see my wish list on my blog, separate tab.)
    It must be wonderful although a bit daunting to start from scratch again with a new garden, looking forward to see what you do with it this year.
    Take care, Helene.

    • Helene, I think for us it will be a case of enjoying the garden for what it is this year. If the Summer temperatures get into the 80s, it will be quite a novelty putting on shorts and exposing my scrawny legs. Sure will take a look at your wish list when I pop over.

  7. Unfortunately I do not do well with asters in my damp shady garden and, although I tend not to grow anything which does not suit the conditions, your pictures have tempted me into possibly including asters with my container grown perennials for late colour. This way I can control the both the soil conditions and even the light to a certain degree.

  8. Nice to see that you are up and at it with the blog. I have tried Monch but was never able to keep it going. Acid soil and too much shade I guess. It is a great aster for its disease resistance though. Your containers are a great start to your new garden—some snowdrops in a container for late winter…just an idea.

  9. Hi Alistair, you have profiled one of my favourite plants, though I had to wait until our own move to plant it in the ground. Good luck savinf the choisya though I suppose if you don’t manage to at least you know it will thrive in your new location.

  10. Greetings for icy cold Kansas, Allistair! I am quite chuffed to see your new gardens, I am sure all kinds of artistic expressions of gardening grandeur is dancing in your head. he he. I must have a look so on this aster. Good to read from again. Salom,Greggo.

  11. The choisya is very pretty and definitely worth trying to save. The aster is beautiful. My problem with it, as well as other asters, is the height. I wish someone would come out with a beautiful aster half the size!

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