Asterzilla vs. Mumthracomments (4) November 1st, 2012 in blogs
Clearly, I'm an aster person. I wouldn't have named my blog (and most of my life) Kiss My Aster if I didn't love them. But didn't always love them, I didn't even know their name when I first met them. I came up with "Kiss My Aster" as a mnemonic device (I slip and say "pneumatic" sometimes) to remember them when I worked in the perennials department of a garden center a long time ago, in a galaxy far away. Since it was summer and I hadn't seen them bloom yet and they didn't look like much sitting there on the bench, I needed something to help me remember them. I came up with Kiss My Aster and never forgot them again. I've grown to really love them, something about the depth of color and fuzzy habit/bloom make them seem rich, elegantly weedy and romantic to me. Even if they're blooming in a roadside ditch.
For me, they are CLEARLY the choice for fall blooms.
But so many people are stuck on mums. Ew. I think they are tacky, break easily, look awful once the blooms start to fade a little. They can become a hard-to-get-rid-of nasty weed, in a worst case scenario. I hate their lumpy, cold gravy shape. I'm not into mum colors either. I don't need flowers the same exact color as the leaves in the trees. That's just goofy. Gimme contrast, bud!
I sorta like the smell though…
Are you and Aster or a Mum?
posted in: Kiss My Aster, Garden humor, asters, mums, fall flowers
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Big, loud and fun, Amanda Thomsen landscapes by day and blogs at night. Her blog, Kiss My Aster, has alienated/enraptured dozens for at least 6 years.
She is the less popular half of the podcasting team, Good Enough Gardening, which makes her feel like the "Roy" of of Siegfried and Roy, but without the mauling. She lives in Chicago and does not EVER put ketchup on hot dogs.
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