Sneak Peek: Ayumi Horie

by Ken Greene

Ready for more sneak peeks? Here's the bottom flap of Ayumi Horie's new seed pack but you can see the whole pack at her Studio Sale today and tomorrow!

ayumi horieStudio potter Ayumi Horie loved working with her hands early on as her Japanese family gardened and cooked in Maine. Most recently, she co-organized Handmade For Japan which has raised over $90,000 so far for disaster relief in Japan.

Here's the seed story for this variety. Any guesses what this one might be?

What’s in a Name?

This flower has a long, involved name that reflects its long, involved journey from Asia to your garden. Let’s break it down. The Latin shows that this is not a true aster but a flower originally from China. “(guess)” represents the claw-like in-curving quilled petals, and suggests the (guess) constellation in Chinese Astrology that symbolizes the west and autumn. Result: This flower crossed the seas from East to West to bring its tiger claw petals to your late summer and fall garden. Let it roar!