Sunday, September 30, 2012

Hello, Mum

The rosy petals and sulphur yellow centers of this chrysanthemum (an unnamed C. morifolium) have cheered me for weeks.  It has been blooming in my butterfly garden for nearly all of September.  You can see its baby picture here (at the bottom left of the top photo in the post).

I've been surprised and thrilled with how well chrysanthemums stand up to drought, pests and shade.  This one kept a nice shape and size (about 18" by 24") without pinching, and bloomed early--in the shade.  I'm sure you wouldn't be able to see the greenery for the blooms if I had put it in the sun and pinched it a couple of times, but I like it just like this.    

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I Love Chrysanthemums!