Every year at this time the Jerusalem artichokes begin to flower.
They look quite amazing in the garden.
The tallest that are supporting themselves on the dead Leylandii must be well over 2 metres tall. I find it impossible to thin the tubers out enough to get a harvestable crop, but I do enjoy the flowers as it is lovely to have something different at this time of year.
The other September flower is of course what we used to call Asters (that’s what I’m still calling them). Here they are even called Setembrini.
So I filled a large vase with just these two flowers.
Placed on the mantle shelf in the sitting room, I’m enjoying this splash of colour very much.
Both lovely flowers, and I still call them asters. xx
I’m so glad it isn’t just me that wants to live in the past with plant names.
That is a very cheery combination. It is nice to have Fall flowers.
In some ways they are more special than spring because there are fewer of them.
It’s a lovely combination, Christina. It’s nice to get a glimpse of your garden again too.
We’ve had some substantial rain in the last couple of weeks so the garden has come back to life. I will post a few images.
Christina, what a joy to see your blog again. Jerusalem artichokes are divine, they have a beautiful golden yellow color. The Asters (I still call them that) lila I really like them. Both flowers together make a magnificent bouquet, fabulous and cheerful, I love how the flowers are in the vase. Christina I’ve missed you so much. I hope you are in good health and mood. Enjoy your wonderful garden. I send my best wishes full of love to a good friend. Take care. Affectionate greetings from Margarita xx
I did try to email the address you gave me but it didn’t work. Perhaps you can tell me again. It is lovely to hear your comments.
Nice to see your post, Christina. You’ve been missed. 🙂
Thanks for the beautiful pairing here with ‘September’ written all over it!
That’s kind Eliza. I’ve still been reading all your posts.
Yep I still call them asters. Joyful mix
I’m glad to hear it isn’t just me.
The Jerusalem artichokes look fantastic in your garden. Best kind of seasonal vase!
Love your Autumnal vase and the Italian name for Asters, wonderful. Did your Leyland Cypress get Bot rot?
Not sure what that is. All the Leylandii are dying, I’m not sure if it is due to drought, mole activity or bad pruning.
Botryosphaeria canker has decimated the Leylands here. They used to be the go to screening plant and they are all going to be gone soon. It is hard to find but you can see the cankers on the trunks. There is another Seiridium canker that affects the Leylands. We started using Cryptomeria instead and then they got it.
I’ll check but I think it is more due to stress. I think people in the UK would be thrilled they have something that decimated them.
Same here, though now Green Giant Arborvitae is the favorite.
Lovely flowers. I have never tried Jeusalem artichokes but hear they are quite tasty. Did the Leylandi succumb to drought? Hope all is well with you Christina, and your summer has been a good one. 🙂
They taste mildly of artichokes, because mine are always do small they are a pain to prepare.
A perfect combination Christina.
Asters, certainly. They are beautiful, and the bees love them. They look great with the artichoke flowers.
Sadly the new flowers on the Asters haven’t opened in the vase, I thought they would.
I grow lots of these, and pick them at this time of year, I have noticed the same thing.They don’t like to open once picked.
That’s odd isn’t it?
I remember your Jerusalem artichoke flowers from other years, Christina, and how pretty they are; with the asters they are a perfect combination. Good to have a vase from you – they have been missed
They are a regular prolific performer but a bit of a nightmare in the way they spread.
Yes, I grew them for a couple of years too – but they weren’t quite so prolific that I couldn’t dig them all out!
I think that would be impossible here.
Thanks for reminding me of how pretty they are. They can be such ardent travellers in a garden bed that I forgot how lovely their flowers are.
That is there draw back.
Your Jerusalem artichokes are planted both as a crop, and as a windbreak at our Neighbourhood Farm.
Mine don’t work as a wind break as I need to support them.
I was impressed that they could use them against our Southeaster. They were densely planted, almost a wall of them.