Mum’s Not the Word

Aster Alma Potchke in A Garden For All by Kathy Diemer

Aster Alma Potchke (photo credit: Kathy Diemer)

My horse’s coats are starting to thicken up, a sure sign that colder weather is approaching.  For those without horses, there are mums popping up at every nursery, grocery store, gas station and diner.  It’s just what everybody is programmed to do.  Like Stepford Wives, we obediently wander in a daze looking for mums to plant once fall arrives.  But, it doesn’t have to be that way. There are so many alternatives . . .

I confess to giving in to the habit of purchasing a few mums each year, but once the blooming ceases, again I wonder why I didn’t get something more permanent.  And this is the dilemma.  The mum cultivators are producing more and more beautiful selections with hard to resist colors, using the term “hardy,” implying they can be planted and will come back again next year, which is rarely the case. [Read more…]

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