Plantidote of the Day 2011-08-01
How can it be August already? Wasn't it just a couple weeks ago that spring was in the air and gardens were just getting started? Now it's almost fall. How did that happen?
Anyway, chrysanthemums are turning up in stores, so autumn is definitely around the corner. "Mums," as they're commonly called, start blooming in summer, but they're such popular fall flowers that they're practically synonymous with autumn.
The spider mum (above) is one of my faves, just because it's so goofy. It looks like it was designed by Muppets. Maybe it's too silly looking for you -- if so, no problem! There are more than 160 different species of mums, something for every zone with different colors, shapes and growing habits available. If you'd like to learn more, the National Chrysanthemum Society website has plenty of detailed information to help you get started.
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