The early days of October bring with them the best bloom of the Michaelmas* Daisies, the many beautiful garden kinds of the perennial Asters. They have, as they well derserve to have, a garden to themselves. Passing along the wide path in front of the big flower border, and through the pergola that forms its continuation, with eye and brain full of rich, warm colouring of flower and leaf, it is a delightful surprise to pass through the pergola’s last right-hand opening, and to come suddenly upon the Michaelmas Daisy garden in full beauty. Its clean, fresh, pure colouring, of pale and dark lilac, strong purple, and pure white, among masses of pale-green foliage, forms a contrast almost startling after the warm colouring of nearly everything else; and the sight of a region where the flowers are fresh and newly opened, and in glad spring-like profusion, when all else is on the verge of death and decay, gives an impression of satisfying refreshment that is hardly to be equalled throughout the year. Their special garden is a wide border on each side of a path, its lenght bounded on one side by a tall hedge of filberts [corylus maxima / lambertshasel], and on the other side by clumps of yew [taxus / eibe], holly [ilex / stechpalme], and other shrubs. It is so well sheltered that the strongest wind has its destructive power broken, and only reaches it as a refreshing tree-filtered breeze. […] Tall-growing kinds like Novi Belgi [symphyotrichum novi-belgii syn. aster novi-belgii / glattblatt-aster or new york aster], Robert Parker, are kept rather toward the back, while those of delicate and graceful habit, as Cordifolius [symphyotrichum cordifolium syn. aster cordifolius] elegans and its good variety Diana are allowed to come forward. The fine dwarf Aster amellus [berg-aster or european michaelmas daisy, manchmal als vergils aster – cf. ‚georgica‘, IV, 271 ff. – bezeichnet] is used in rather large quantity, coming quite to the front in some places, and running in and out between the clumps of other kinds.
gertrude jekyll, ‘wood and garden – notes and thoughts, practical and critical, of a working amateur’, london, 1899. Weiterlesen