Michaelmas Daisies or Asters are now coming into flower in the veg plot and herbaceous perennials borders. Another garden plant like the Sedums that reminds us that Autumn will soon be here. The nights are starting to get longer than the days.
Michaelmas is the festival of Saint Michael. Celebrated in the both the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches on the twenty ninth of September. It was a time for paying rents, the end of the harvests and deciding which animals would be slaughtered at Martinmass (Nov11) and also Armistice Day. The end of the Great War of 1914 to 1918.
Goose was traditionally ate at Michaelmas and a cake or pie would be made with a ring it. The lucky recipient would be given the ring for their wedding the following year.
Michaelmas is also the traditional time for new terms to start in colleges and schools.
I like Michaelmas Daisies and I propagate them by division. I have also grown them from cuttings in 'Portugal' my three hooped plastic pale or polytunnel even.