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Hello Mums!

‘Tis the season to start thinking about fall color. Because we grow them naturally, our mums bloom on their schedule. Our early bloomers are starting now and our very late bloomers will be blooming through October. This ensures that we can have fresh color available all season. It also means that we don’t get to see much color in the back because they move out to the stores as soon as they start to bloom.

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We have 8 new single colors this year.

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Celestial White: Midseason bloomer. The center has a slight ivory tinge when first open and then turns to the purest white.

Chelsey Pink: Midseason bloomer. Pink flowers. No picture available.

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Crimson Blush: Late season bloomer. Burgundy red flowers with dark green foliage.

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Fireglow: Midseason bloomer. Large, light orange flowers.

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Gold Riot: Late season bloomer. Rich golden yellow flowers.

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Key Lime: Midseason bloomer. Green to chartreuse blooms.

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Plumberry: Late season bloomer. Deep purple flowers.

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Red Hots: Midseaon bloomer. Bright red.

Plus, we are growing a new series, Paradiso, for our tricolor tubs. They will be a mix of bronze, pink and yellow.

I’m super excited to see ‘Key Lime’ and ‘Fireglow’ bloom. I have never seen a green flowering mum and I love that color of orange.

Fall is also the time we get ready to cover the greenhouses with plastic. Before we cover, we must make sure all the wood is sound and all the nuts and bolts are tight. Luckily, we have people working with us that know their way around tools.

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By the time they are done, Hayden and Gordy will have made 10 new doors for the greenhouses.

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Old door.

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New doors!

We have also been reinstalling weed fabric between the Perennial greenhouses. This will help keep the weeds down and it gives us an extra place to stage plants during the summer.

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Of course, when you are talking about fall color, you can’t forget about Black Eyed Susans! Haven’t they been gorgeous?

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This is ‘Goldstrum’ but there are many different cultivars of Rudbeckia. I’ll go into the differences in my next blog. See you next time!

 

 

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Cathy Maxson is Sargent's Gardens Perennial Growing manager. In addition to making sure Sargent's grown plants thrive, she enjoys growing in her own garden, canning fruits and vegetables, traveling, and walking her dogs.