A sure sign of Autumn, the first potted Chrysanthemums have appeared recently at garden centers and home stores.
Is it time to remove the summer blooms that are thriving on the front porch ?
I’m never sure.
A few years ago, I started to purchase some of those “last minute” Spring flowers. It had to do with weather conditions, cooler than average temperatures caused the delay in flower shopping.
For some reason, I passed by the prime flowers in full bloom and noticed those discounted racks, full of less than perfect varieties.
The first one was a Vinca, with wilting leaves but promising new buds.
I took on the challenge. With a little fertilizer and daily watering, it turned out to be the most healthy and productive plant of the season.
I continued the practice for the next few years.
Sometimes, they could be saved. Sometimes, they failed.
They are still nearly perfect, gracing our very green environment with a splash of glorious red.
Those mums will just have to wait.