English: asters

Asters (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A few weeks ago, we made an afternoon call on Green Spring Gardens, a teaching facility and grounds in Fairfax Virginia. At that time, I posted photos I took in the gardens.  Here’s one I overlooked earlier showing a bed with autumn flowers in bloom.  In the fall, the Asters and other late bloomers come into their own. This bed hosts several kinds of plants, including Asters (in the far back of left bed), as well as specimen trees and shrubs in the far background. (click to enlarge photo)

Green Spring Gardens, 18 October 2013.

Green Spring Gardens, 18 October 2013 (ADS)

Star shaped Asters are named for Astarte, the goddess of the heavens in the ancient Near East.  She had many names, and evolved into Diana under the Romans.  She is mentioned in the RSV Bible as Asheroth (Judges 2:3:7). Below are examples of the flower and the Goddess from Wikipedia.

This post is linked to Michelle’s Nature Notes (Links left).  Thank you Michelle for this lovely meme.

English: Astarte with horned (moon crescent) crown

Went to Auburn Botanical Gardens this morning ...

Auburn Botanical Gardens (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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