How to Buy Mums (Hardy Chrysanthemum)

OK, you might be thinking to yourself that this headline "How to Buy Mums" is about a topic we don't even need to discuss. Really, how hard can it be? You go to the nursery, pick out a full bushy plant full of blooms. You walk to the check out counter buy it and go home to plant it. If that's what you think then let me add one more thing to the purchase of your mums, don't buy the plants when in bloom! The Secret of How to Buy Mums The secret to long lasting chrysanthemum blooms in the fall is to buy your plants from the nursery when they are still in tight buds. If you look around at all the other mums on sale you can identify the colors you like then purchase plants that have little to no blooming. That way when you get them home…

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A Monarch Butterfly Visit

Yesterday we had the good fortune to witness a Monarch butterfly stopping by our 'Clara Curtis' mum for a fill-up.  Monarchs are on their way south now to find their winter homes and have to stop for nourishment along the way.  We usually see them a couple times a year passing through looking for places to lay their eggs or just stopping by for nectar from the flowers.  They love to use Aclepias purpurascens as a host plant for the larvae which is also known as purple milkweed.  It grows native near us but so far we don't have any in our garden.  We do have Asclepias tuberosa or Butterfly weed which is also another viable food source for Monarch caterpillars. Is it a Male or Female Monarch? If you look carefully in the above picture you will notice two black dots or splotches near the back of the Monarch…

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More Mums and the $50 Lowe’s Giveaway Ends Today!

Today I'll show you a few more pictures of the mums but I also wanted to remind you that today is the last day to enter the $50 Gift Card Contest to Lowe's!  The folks at Lowe's Creative Ideas are providing anyone who comments on the mums project posts this week an opportunity to win that $50 gift card.  All you have to do is comment on this post, or my wheelbarrow planter mum post, or my October 1st mum post!  Share an idea about using mums in the garden in the comments and you are entered to win! Here's another look at the mums in the wheelbarrow planter. Some red mums from the garden up close.  These are in the birdbath garden. I actually like the daisy flowered mums more than regular mums.  Here's a lavender colored one: This one is called Jessica Louise.  I don't know who Jessica…

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Mums and a Mailbox Garden Meet a Wheelbarrow

Is there a flower more typical of fall than mums?  Probably not!  There are definitely some flowers worthy of autumnal appreciation but the mum is the most common one you'll find this time of year.  I put together a little project for Lowe's Creative Ideas that uses mums and reuses my dad's old wheelbarrow.  The project was easy and I'm very pleased with how it's turned out. The wheelbarrow already had some drainage holes in it courtesy of some natural iron oxide action around the bolt holes. I filled the wheelbarrow with compost and some soil conditioner then I added several similarly tinted shades of mums together inside.  This time of year I'm very partial to the fiery fall colors.  The reds, reddish-browns, oranges, and yellows just scream fall to me.  So that's what I picked! To blend the wheelbarrow with the rest of the mailbox garden I put a…

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Reusing an Old Wheelbarrow and a $50 Gift Card Giveaway to Lowe’s!

A couple weeks ago I saw a picture posted on Facebook with a display of sedums all planted in an old wheelbarrow.  It was a pretty creative idea to re-use a wheelbarrow that may have just been discarded and turn it into something of interest.  This gave me an idea for my latest project for Lowe's Creative Ideas.  The theme is mums!  As I'm sure you're aware chrysanthemums are one of the most popular plant purchases this time of year.  The look great and offer a bushy burst of color which blends well with the Autumn season.  Today I'll show you a few of the items I'm using for the project.  The mum planting has all been completed but I'm waiting for a couple of the mums to break from their buds. Before I show you what I'm using for this project here are a couple tips for buying mums: When buying…

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