Saturday, October 15, 2011

Orange Garden Mum

Garden Mum
Chrysanthemum x morifolium
(kris-AN-the-mum) (mor-ee-FOH-lee-um)

This little spray of mums was perfect for its job. It came in a 4 inch pot and we used it to fill in a couple of the annual containers that didn’t look good. There were a variety of colors but this orange one stood out among them all. It couldn’t have fit an another flower on its tiny little frame. For a total of about $25 the group of little mums really filled in for the fall season. We have now begun a program of trying to over winter our hardy mums since over the last 2 winters we have had about a 50 percent recovery rate. Now that all those mums are brightening up the garden it makes it an easy decision.

I was glad to see at least some of the mums for sale in small pots. The trend at local growers seems to be to put everything in larger pots and that is okay for bedding but for containers it doesn’t work as well.

The two pictures are a little depth of field experiment I was conducting. The light was like the weather dark and gloomy. It looks like the lens lost a little of its sharpness on the shallow depth of field shot (bottom picture).

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