Of all the Asters which we have grown, Frikartii Monch stands out as one of our favourites.
Although at the moment there is not so very much to tell you about our Cheshire garden, I can always continue with my plant profiles for the cooler temperatures of North East Scotland.
We may have left Aberdeen, however I still have many plants which we grew there and as yet I haven’t got around to talking about.
Whichever plant I talk about I will always make a point of stating whether it was grown in Aberdeen or our new Cheshire garden.
Many of the perennial Asters grown in Aberdeen, tend to be very late in the season before they come into flower. Frikartii Monch however, placed in a sunny position should flower from late July through till October. The pale Lavender blue flowers are quite outstanding, and this one does not suffer from the mildew normally associated with Asters.
The picture of Frikartii Monch above was taken twelve years ago. It was in the main border of the back garden, placed in a position where it received full sun, and by late July it did start blooming.
Three planted together will be more effective as I find Frikartii Monch although hardy, does not clump up readily, on the other hand this could be well to do with the fact that our soil was a bit too acidic.
Free draining soil is an essential requirement, however this does not mean it likes dry conditions, keep it well watered throughout the Summer.
Frikartii Monch was bred by a Swiss Nursery man named Frikart in 1918.
Frikartii Monch was reintroduced in our garden again in 2013, picture above shows it in early Autumn.
In spite of the numerous wider angled pictures which I took of Frikartii this time around, none of them were fit to publish, in fact even this close up above is poorer than my original old photo.
I so much wanted this perennial in our garden again, I ended up planting it in the only position available, which really was too shady. As a result, it didn’t bloom until we were into September, and to be quite honest if it hadn’t been for the spectacular Summer I think it may have struggled completely.
The Royal Horticultural society has given this plant there prestigious award of garden merit. Not that easy to find in local garden centres but definitely worth the search.
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Height – 90cm
Position – Full sun/partial shade (go for full sun in Aberdeen)
*** Aster Frikartii monch ***
We still seem to be at a stage where we seek familiarity of home. The picture below sums it up. Tubs and containers placed at the front of our new house are all very familiar to us.
I am quite fond of this large tree in our front garden. At this stage I have no idea what it is. The birds love it, well especially the food we hang from its branches, the squirrels are also very entertaining, I have seen five of them chase each other whilst the birds enjoy the offerings we give.
At the front window we have placed this bird feeder with fatty balls. I wasn’t convinced it would be used as back home they preferred to enjoy this treat from a distance. Well, I was quite wrong, seems like our feathered friends are much bolder down here in Cheshire.
The blue tit shares a meal with its cousin the great tit.
In the back garden, close to the house we have this choisya aztec pearl.
I have seen Choisya (Mexican orange blossom) growing in Aberdeen, but they can struggle to get through the Winter. This one below is looking very healthy alongside the Rhododendron, which indicates the soil is on the acidic side.
Unfortunately the Choisya will have to go, as it takes up a position where the house extension will be. I will try to save it but I am not too hopeful.
Finally, a few weeks ago I was contacted by a lady in Aberdeen who had come across my Aberdeen gardening blog. She was telling me that she was a very keen gardener and was looking to start up her own blog. She wanted to name it, My Aberdeen Garden and as the title was very similar to my site she was asking if I would feel miffed. My first thought was, hmm, I am not sure about this. Then I realised, who am I to object. Well anyway My Aberdeen Garden by Annette is not associated to Aberdeen Gardening but it certainly is worth checking out. Happy blogging Annette.
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