The GPAP – Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’

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This Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’ breaks several of my self-imposed rules of acquisition.  In fact it not only breaks them, it grinds them into the dust with the heel of its steel tipped cowboy boot.  This list (in no particular order and compiled after much soul-searching) includes but is not confined to the following:

I will never ever acquire a plant

  • The name of which I can’t pronounce without inciting extensive sniggering from others, even after prolonged practice on my part.
  • Whose moniker does not fit onto a standard plant label however weeny you write.
  • That has been renamed to the detriment of the sensitive gardener (in the good old days when it was simply “Aster” life was so much easier).
  • That has designs on world domination.
  • That is best friends with powdery mildew.

I can’t even stick to my own rules, there really is no hope.  She is rather pretty though, don’t you think?

14 thoughts on “The GPAP – Symphyotrichum novae-angliae ‘Andenken an Alma Potschke’

  1. Very pretty. I wonder if you couldn’t dispense with the rule about plant names having to fit onto standard plant labels? The labels always seem to get lost or crumble into bits anyway.

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  2. It is not poor old Alma’s fault that she got stuck with such a long name, mine came from Great Dixter in 1998, survived some dreadful winters in Yorkshire, two even more dreadful winters down here in Devon is a small cramped pot and yet now blooms her little bright pink socks off every year and has never had mildew. Let’s rebel and just call her ‘Aster Alma’, she deserves her space in my garden.

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