Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Fall Means Mums

What is fall without mums?

Whether in the garden or in pots replacing spent summer annuals?

There are some in the garden which we do keep pinched back so that they bloom in late summer and early fall.     We buy a few small plants each year to add color to the garden NOW and added color to the garden in years to come.

There are always a couple of pots that I like to put mums in for fall color.     The rest of the pots get planted with pansies which not only add bright color spots in the fall but if we have a mild winter, they'll bloom all winter long.

We get our mums from good friends Brian and Tara.    They grow thousands and thousands of them and a few pots come home to Linderhof.    Bought early when they are in bud -- they'll last up to the middle of November and sometimes right up to Thanksgiving.

I'm always at a loss as to colors -- every color seems so perfect -- the bronzes, the reds, the rusts, the yellows, the oranges and even the whites.

But year after year, it seems that the oranges and yellows come home to Linderhof.    They seem brighter when seen from the street and also, I think, go better with the pumpkins piled here and there at Linderhof.

It's once again mum time and one small pot of yellow mums are on the back brick stairs.     The mums in the side garden are budding.    I've yet to make my trip to the Mum Farm but soon, several pots will join that first one in the garden and Linderhof will be abloom again.


Pondside said...

This year our mums are a deep brick red - gorgeous. Each year we also add a new colour to our collection. I think that the yellows are the prettiest - something so cheery about them.

Sam Hoffer / My Carolina Kitchen said...

I saw mums for sale at our farmers market last Saturday. I'm resisting for a little while more because I don't want summer to end. The yellow mums are my favorite too, but yellow is my favorite color.

Last fall instead of throwing the mums away we planted them just to see if they would come back. A couple did and that was rewarding.

Donna said...

Thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog! Your blog is lovely as well! I spotted some mums at the store the other day and they certainly made me smile. We got some grand copper colored ones a couple of years ago for the front porch entry. Love the variety!

I see that you are from Kansas! I went to college at Kansas State in Manhatten, many moons ago.

Unknown said...

Just love mums. I do silk ones.... our cool fall weather is not friendly to them.

Melinda said...

Hi Martha--

In the midst of illness we were able to get to the garden center for some mums--which I need to pot soon. They are soooo pretty and cheerful.

Have a great day!


Mary Bergfeld said...

Martha, the mums are gorgeous. I was so sorry to hear about your computer problems. I'm glad you were able to redolve them so quickly.

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Mums and the colorful trees are my favorite signs of fall. What a pretty yellow one you have!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh dear. Yes, it IS time for the mums, isn't it? I will make my annual pilgrimage to our former town, where there are 4 commercial growers who have amazing mums for sale, including some the size of Buicks.

I tend to favor the yellows -- they POP in the fall landscape. The russets and reds get lost among the fallen leaves, and the whites? They fade too soon.

Sigh. Hate to see summer go, but them's the breaks! On to Fall.

Anonymous said...

I have not bought my mums yet this year and really should get busy.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

It so wonderful to see the Fall mums blooming. I can almost feel the crispness in the air when I see them. I've never had much luck with planting them and having them come back, but may try it again this year. laurie