This is a tall pink Michaelmas Daisy called Harrington’s Pink. It’s a New England Aster and they are well known for producing large colourful flowers on sturdy woody stems. They are also resistant to mildew which other Asters are prone to.
There’s nothing subtle about this plant. It’s tall growing to around five feet or so. The flowers and all the insects that love these nectar rich plants are right in your face. Which is brilliant for taking pictures… no bending or crouching required!
This Aster has been renamed recently… the correct Latin name is Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Harrington’s Pink’ It’s a hardy perennial and flowers late in the season (usually September and October) making a good sturdy clump of tall stems with loads of buds. These plants are brilliant for providing food for insects when many other garden plants have finished flowering. Butterflies love them, Bees love them too.
I took these photos at lunchtime. It is better to choose softer light in the early morning or evening if you can for the nicest flower photos. I just loved the way the bright pink flowers shimmered in the sunshine and I’m a firm believer in taking the shot when you can. Besides all the insects are more active in the warm sun at mid-day too. I used my macro lens for all the shots and took 30 pictures in total so I could choose the best 7 for this post.
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