I learned a little lesson in mums this fall. Home Depot had them on sale for something like $4.99. They hadn't bloomed yet but they looked lovely in the photo on the tag so I bought two pots. Well, this is what they look like today:
Ben bought me three pots of fully bloomed mums more than a month ago and this is what they look like today:
Big difference. I think I'll stick with buying the fully bloomed ones from now on. And, they've lasted a good long time. Ben's impressed... he comments on their perseverance every time we walk by them on our front steps.
Chrysanthemums are also known as "hardy mums". I need all the hardy flowers I can get. I'm going to plant these three pots in my flower gardens in a couple of weeks (once they start wilting) and see what happens next year!