Wednesday, August 29, 2007

I Want Fall

Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall Fall!
Fall Magic Million Bells 'Salmon'
If I say it often enough maybe it will come sooner?
I'm still gonna think Fall.
I really can't do is poking its little head out at me at the Stand all day long:
  • I'm ordering and stocking and displaying fall plants of every kind.
  • I'm receiving and displaying Fall/Halloween/Thanksgiving merchandise in the gift area.
  • We are starting to see more reddish peppers in the green pepper bushels in the produce area.
  • Concord Grapes are in!

Sneak Peek Mukdenia 'Crimson Curls'

Also I'm getting in a lot of 'Sneak Peaks'. 'What is that?' you say? They are new varieties and new colors of sample plants nurseries start to see if they want to grow them for next year. A few of my growers plant extra to sell, and therefore get reactions from retailers and consumers on how those selections might go over for next year.

Above is one of these 'Sneak Peeks', it is Mukdenia 'Crimson Curls'. It is a shade perennial ground cover. It likes to be kept moist. Its color starts out green and then goes into a bronze red on the edges as summer progresses. It gets a white flower in spring, and grows to a height of 12-16 inches.

Mums. Mums. Mums Mums.

Chrysanthemums, another none mistakable sign of Fall. I know a lot of people gripe about not liking mums. I don't get it. It seems if its a plant readily available, easy to grow, and fairly expensive it gets labeled as commercial and over done and therefore undesirable. Hey, mums are gorgeous, easy to care for, inexpensive, and come in a boatload of colors...whats not to love?

Ahhh...I so want Fall to get here.


Sara Tambascio said...

Aw, I really hate to see those spring/summer annuals start to fade. But I am more excited to see what the local garden centers will put together for fall. Good luck!

Jean said...

The mukdenia looks real cool! I'm with you, I'm ready for fall too. we're suppocsed to have cooler weather this weekend so that will be nice.

Moe said...

No No No!!! Not fall, yet! Once fall comes winter isn't far behind, and then I have to spend 6 months waiting for the warm weather, again!!!


JANET said...

I love mums! There are a couple in my front yard flower bed starting to form buds.

Yolanda Elizabet said...

If you don't mind I'd love to have a bit of an Indian Summer first before Fall can weave its magic over here.

Mums? Gaaaaaaaaaaaa, not yet, not yet! I love Mums, really I do, but not just yet okay? October would be soon enough for me. ;-)

Layanee said...

I'm so happy there is more to choose from for fall these days. I know mums are a big crop but I really like the different perennials available in the four inch pots. It is a bit more creative to put them together in a satisfying way.

Chris The Gardener said...

How 'bout 4 more weeks of summer? No? Ok, how 'bout 2 more weeks? What about 1 more weeks? Winter lasts so long here and I haven't even dug up my bulbs to move them to their new beds yet! Not ready! Not ready!

kris said...

I'm kind of with Moe on the winter won't be far behind feeling!!!! But fall will come, so it's nice to see some new flowers on the scene. Thanks for the sneak peak!

Blackswamp_Girl said...

I have drooled-DROOLED-for a while now over that mukdenia for so long now I can't even tell you. I can't make it happy in my sandy dry soil, or else I'd have some already!