Thursday, October 18, 2012

Magnificent Mums

If you follow my blog, you know that I'm not an "annual person." And it's not because I don't like them, I'm just no good at keeping things watered. But when I saw these massive, half-bushel mums at my plant supplier, I had to have one. And, I'll be making them available to my local customers next year.

These mums are HUGE! Mine is about 36 inches in diameter, and makes such a bold statement in the front yard gardens when not much else is blooming.

Technically, these garden mums are not annuals, they are perennials. However, it's tough to get your hands on them early enough in the year to get them planted and established before winter. If I were to plant this one in the ground now, it would be very unlikely to return, since it is using most of it's energy on blooming, not on producing roots. So I'll enjoy it for the season, then will plant it just for the heck of it. If we get another winter as mild as the last, I may see it again in spring!

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