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cornellycornelly Posts: 970

Autumn colour with Patio Mums, a view from the dining room.



  • They're lovely things, well done. Seem to have gone out of favour in recent years, but I love 'em and the taller garden chrysanths.  Proper autumn colours


  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Thank you Hortum-creatae, I was a chrysanth exhibiter for many years, early and late varieties, found I was was losing the skill, so just kept patio mums, easily managable, don't require so much protection.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 83,847

    I love the tall ones - one of the first flowers I ever grew after a chap in the village gave me a clump of rusty-red ones when I was still at primary school.  I walked past his house and garden every day and he'd tell me when to rub out the side buds to get bigger blooms and what else to do.

    I had rusty-red chrysanths  at my wedding for buttonholes and decoration in the church (December wedding).  Just love the smell of chrysanths.image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    They were my pride and joy for many years, I have many slides that I used to use for talks, so still have images of the varieties I grew.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,702

    I live in France and find the French ideas about them a bit strange. The French don't seem to grow them for their gardens, they grow them to put in the cemeteries for All Saints and All Souls at the beginning of November. Garden Centres, supermarkets, roadside stalls are full of them the second half of October.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • B3B3 Posts: 25,224

    I love the smell too. I thought it was just me!

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • CopperdogCopperdog Posts: 546

    How long do the potted mums last?  I saw some at the garden centre this morning and was quite tempted to buy 3 white ones to put by the back door (north facing to lift the light a little) they were quite tighly budded but didn't know if I would only get a couple of weeks out of them so opted for 3 med sized skimmias with the slightly lighter coloured buds to the general red one as I know this we'll carry on regardless.

  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 21,702

    They flower for quite a long time, at least a month, unless they get caught by frost. Even picked, indoors, they can last 3 weeks.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • cornellycornelly Posts: 970

    Ours flower from September through to November, they are a good autumn flower, usually whites first then yellows and bronze, this year the opposite, bronze first, I strike the cuttings during March early April, and pot on 4 inch etc as for the larger flowered chrysanths, they dont require stopping or disbudding, final pots with me are 10 inch, (don't do metric).

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