I’m a bit of a crossword fanatic, been doing them about every day since I was 15. One of the more hackneyed clues I used to come across (now thankfully edited into oblivion by the venerable Will Shortz), is “Fall Bloom”, five letters long. As you all surely know, this is a vague and botanically questionable reference to “ASTER”. As summer wanes and the evenings dip into the 50’s our only blooms are the ever-reliable aster family members.
The inscrutable title to this post refers to another hoary crossword clue. “Ad Astra Per Aspera” is Kansas’ state motto and is loosely translated as “To reach the top you’re gonna have to crawl through sh*t”, or something like that.
Now that I’ve digressed you into virtual catatonia, enjoy the following aster family members I spotted on a brief hike yesterday.
Don’t forget, plant sale 10/17, I will have a preview post sometime soon.