Mum Bouquet

Yellow mums from my garden bring a hint of fall into my den. (Photo by Charlotte Ekker Wiggins)

Yellow mums from my garden bring a hint of fall into my den. (Photo by Charlotte Ekker Wiggins)

Mum Bouquet

One easy way to bring fall into our homes is to have a fresh bouquet of chrysanthemums. It doesn’t have to be very big, some of the smallest flower vases with a tiny sprig of mums will do.

These hardy, easy to grow flowers also make nice long lived cut flowers. You can extend their time in a vase by changing the water every few days and keeping them away from heat sources.

If you are having a fall gathering outside, mums are natural bug deterrents so scatter small pots around the gathering area. Then give them away at the end as a thank you gift.

If they are in the right conditions, you may also find mum stems sprouting tiny white hairs, which are roots. If you see roots, you can plant the stem in new potting soil. Keep hydrated. Within a couple of months you will have a new mum plant you can move out into your garden next spring.

You can also shop for mums in the fall to add to your garden. They come in a range of yellows; white; pink through lavender, orange and brown in a variety of flower shapes.

If you plant them in the fall, you will need to water them through winter a couple of times a month.

If you think ahead, spring is a better time to buy mums and get them planted. Then they have a good three of the four seasons to grow and establish themselves.

Charlotte