Mums The Word This Fall

September 8, 2014 – 04:08 am

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Mums The Word This Fall
A Chrysanthemum Craze Is Sweeping The North!
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James Kohut, Staff Writer

Hot autumn colors of Jeffries' new 'Tiger Tail' mum

MinngopherDoes your garden bloom vigorously right through into October? There's no excuse for it not to, especially when you have chrysanthemums in your gardening palette!

Yes, the mighty garden mum, the "official" flower favorite of fall, has taken the gardening world by storm. That's really no surprise, because this plant literally sells itself; it blooms from late summer right until the harshest frosts put an end to all vestiges of gardening for the season, it is floriferous to a fault, it comes in an unimaginable range of colors, and it is almost boringly easy to grow!

And yet many northern gardeners and landscapers remain on the outside of this hot new trend. !Morden Cameo e explain this apparent paradox?

After much research, discussions with professional landscapers and some late nights fueled by too much coffee, I think I've got the answer. I believe that while most everyone knows of this flowering wonder and its many attributes, many northerners cling to an old perception that mums aren't hardy, and so they don't have them in their gardens. And this perception they hold would have been correct, at least until recently.

You see, time was when chrysanthemums were the domain of the local florist in cities and towns across the North. On many occasions where a potted mum was presented as a kind gift, it would be planted out into the front garden with the sincerest hope that it would settle in and contribute to the landscape for years to come.

The U of Minn's popular 'Minngopher' chrysanthemum

Often times it would survive the harsh northern winter by some stroke of luck and sprout again late the next spring, but then the real disappointment would set in. The patient gardener would watch and wait for the repeat performance, but it would never come. The survivor would grow bushy, but it would only start developing flower buds just as the fall frosts hit, never actually flowering before old man winter came and put an end to that vain attempt.

Showbiz hardy mums My Favorite Coral


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Growing without any Digging

Hi all,
I grew a terrific garden last summer without any digging at all (I live in an apartment in Connecticut.)
We had fresh vegetables all summer and fall -- it was quite wonderful.
My blog at has more details. I must admit, the flowers that grew brought the most happiness. Friends who stopped by were frankly amazed!

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