Sunday, March 22, 2009

Today's Flowers

Garden Mum
Chrysanthemum 'Mammoth Twilight Pink'
Chrysanthemum hybridaMN98-E90-15

Is it too early to start thinking about the fall garden? These mums are actually recommended for spring planting so they have time to establish themselves. Truly a perennial and hardy down to minus 30 degrees F, they are a bit revolutionary. They can be grown as a single plant or in large fall blooming hedges.

Developed at the University of Minnesota (so you know it is going to hardy just about everywhere :lol: ) Mammoth Mums don’t require any special care. They can grow up to 3 feet wide and 6 feet tall with each plant being capable of producing up to 5,000 flowers!

Since it is Today’s Flowers day here is a bonus flower.

Autumn Catchfly
Silene schafta 'Persian Carpet'
(sy-LEE-nee) (SHAF-tuh)
Synonyms: Moss Campion

Here is another fall blooming plant (you can see where I am in archiving). This little flower puts on a show long after most Alpine plants have finished blooming. ‘Persian Carpet’ is a little more compact growing (6 inches tall) and has a brighter color than the species. It needs very well drained sandy soil and is hardy to Zone 3.

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I am excited to be going out to find something blooming today. I will have to head south to find something to photograph.


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This is really beautiful.....

Gill - That British Woman said...

lovely photos........

Gill in Canada

ChrisC and JonJ said...

The mum is just beautiful!

Arija said...

Very pretty flowers and I like the light in the second.

Leora said...

I like the idea of working on your fall garden now. Love all these purples. The top one is a stunner.

Naturegirl said...

Lovely flowers posted today!Happy TF!

T and S said...

Cool images. The garden mum looks beautiful

i beati said...

you always have the most wondrous daisies