Photographed at The LaGuardia Corner Gardens in New York City.
I had a heck of a time identifying this flower, Tatarian aster (Aster tataricus ‘Jindai’), last night. Thanks to everyone who chimed in to help out. For some reason I refused to believe it is an aster. But really, what else could it be?
I took this photo a few days ago on the new High Line Park in New York City. They’ve posted an October bloom list on their site that confirms my identification. I will do a full post about my visit soon, once I have a chance to dig through the millions of photos I took.
I made this batch into a plain salsa and canned it for use later this winter.
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Doesn’t it remind you of some kind of kids’ building toy?
Yes, all of that fuzziness in the background are dozens of tiny pots of unusual cyclamen — all grown from seed! Barry explained that they are on their forth winter, which I thought showed quite a big commitment and dedication. Can you imagine the work involved in seeding all of those pots and then taking each plant through their growing and dormancy seasons for four years running? And let me tell you they are all healthy and near-perfect. Every single one.
But according to Barry, each year has offered some new stage of development in the tiny plants that has held his interest and excitement through to the next.
Dear god, I think I might be getting into cyclamen now. But what plant genus isn’t worth getting excited about, really? They all have their merits on some level. And to top it off, it’s hard not to catch Barry’s contagious enthusiasm for his plants. Thankfully I can live out this particular interest vicariously through Barry’s hard work. No need to bemoan the fact that I do not have the space and skill (or patience) myself.