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Mums and More

by | Sep 3, 2016 | Market News

Hard to believe it is already September and the summer has come and gone. With the kids going back to school, it is time to start thinking about going back to your garden. Mums are a great addition to your landscape come fall. They are extremely hardy for the cool fall weather and add a colorful addition to your landscape. We offer several pot sizes ranging from a 9” plastic pot to a 1 bushel wooden wire basket. All sizes offering spectacular color such as yellow, purple, and burgundy. Mums are a great way to add fall color, but they aren’t your only option. We have a wide selection of Kale, Pansies, and Swiss chard just to name a few. Mixing these in with your fall colored mums will make the neighbors jealous!

A lot of work goes into these fall mums that we so much enjoy. There are plenty of scorching hot days that are accounted for during their growing process. With some days in the greenhouse reaching in the low hundreds. Imelda and Cynthia make all of this possible. They both take great pride in what they do, and the results are astonishing! Some days require multiple waterings, and with seasons overlapping there is plenty of cleaning up to do on a day to day basis. The fact that two people get all of this done and the greenhouse always looks clean and the plants look full and healthy is remarkable. We are lucky to have them and be sure to thank them when you stop in to buy your mums!

Another thing to consider, is your yard next spring! Bulbs planted in September and October provide color, form, and fragrance to next year’s garden.  Small bulbs, such as alliums, crocus, hyacinths, and scilla, as well as the large daffodil bulbs, should go in the ground by mid to late September.  October is traditionally the time of year to plant tulips and replant lilies.  Water the bulbs thoroughly to begin the rooting process well before the ground freezes.  Early root development can be aided by working a good measure of bone meal into the soil under the bulbs. It is not too late to dig, divide, and reset old iris plantings.  Select the strongest rhizomes and include a fan of leaves with each division.  Cut the foliage back to six inches.  Daylilies can also be divided this time of year.  Dormant plants can be dug, divided, and reset.  With good care and planning, bulbs can be used to extend and enhance interest in a range of planting designs.

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