Sunday, October 2, 2011

Michaelmas Daisies

This last Thursday was Michaelmas--the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, and one of the "quarter days" in the Regency year, when important business was conducted. Followers of JASNA Syracuse already know or will have realized that we schedule our meetings for the Saturdays nearest several of the Regency "quarter days" and "cross-quarter days." The others are All Hallows or All Saints Day, November 1 (cross-quarter); Christmas, December 25 (quarter); Candlemas, February 2 (cross-quarter); Lady Day or the Feast of the Annunciation, March 25 (quarter); May Day, May 1 (cross-quarter); Midsummer, June 24 (quarter); and Lammas Day, August 1 (cross-quarter).

In honour of Michaelmas, and just for fun, here are some photos of asters from Syracuse gardens. Asters are better known as "Michaelmas daisies" in the United Kingdom, and, there as here, they bloom on or about Michaelmas. These fine purple New England asters, we think, are every bit the equal of their British cousins!

And these small white asters, though less showy, make a very attractive display against this brick wall.

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