Today’s Thing I Can’t Grow, the New England Aster, has two threats to its existence: rabbits and me.

During the growing season, and especially when it’s first forming flower buds, the aster looks to me like a weed. If I don’t mark it carefully, I pull it by mistake by mid-summer. If it’s lucky enough to make it to August, then the rabbits discover it, and mow the plant down before it blooms.

I have enough chicken-wire cages throughout my garden, in an attempt to keep the marauding hordes from destroying my plants. I don’t need to add more, especially to shield plants that look unattractive until they bloom in fall. Hurrah for hardy chrysanthemums instead!