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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Chrysanthemums Blue Mist Shrub Sept

Fall is here and the gardens are taking a lot of my time right now getting them ready for winter. I always hate this time of the year having to cut back all my beautiful flowers.

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The Chrysanthemum in containers. This is a pink and white. The white is very delicate looking on this one.

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More of the pink and white. This sported off my pink and it will be interesting to see if it does the same next year.

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The solid pink Mum with a small Hosta in the center. Now my intentions are to leave these containers where they sit. This is on the North side of my patio so light shade most of the day and direct sun for a couple hours, but wide open completely to those NW winds which can be the hardest part about winter. I intend to find something that I don't have to move containers with. Looking ahead to that old age and not being able to. We'll see if these can come back next Spring and if they end up being what I can keep in there year long.

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A little closer up of the Blue Mist shrub. Color keeps getting deeper on these as the weeks go by. I will hard prune these again in the Spring to about 6 inches to get them to fill out even fuller.

55 comments:

The Sage Butterfly said...

The colors on that mum are stunning. Most of mine are the traditional burnt orange or lemon yellow. Maybe I will add some of that color to the garden..thanks!

lavendergardencottage.blogspot.com said...

I love that blue mist shrub! I'm a sucker for all blue flowers!

Katie Hertfelder said...

Hi Cher-
Hope your shade containers work out for you!

Vild-rosen said...

Now we have to look forward to next spring/summer when winter the winter is gone and everything will bloom again nicely.
I like that blue mist shrub, gorgeous colour.

Hugs
Susanne

Hope you can read my english and that there is not to many wrong/crazy spelling.

Denise said...

Gorgeous, can't wait to see what your flowers look like next spring :)

HolleyGarden said...

I hate to cut my flowers back, too! Sometimes I don't do it, then I feel guilty. Your mums are so pretty. And the blue mist shrub is one of my favorites. I noticed this morning mine is just starting to bloom. So exciting!

Raffaella said...

Hi there! The Blue Mist shrub is breathtaking!

Kristin said...

So pretty. I love Mums... Nice work.

Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Cher
I like your pink mums, I usually have pink to wine coloured ones myself.
You know summer's over when you have to start cutting back and pulling out the spent annuals. At least we get to start all over again next year. :-)
Judith

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Patsy said...

That is why I like Fall the Chrysanthemun.
Love the pink!

Zoey said...

The Chrysanthemums are very pretty. It will be interesting to see if they survive the winter. I hope so!

Lindsay @ Delighted Momma said...

Gorgeous flowers! Such a good flower Momma you are ;)

Becc said...

What usually happens to your mums, do they die & you have to get new ones each year? We just leave them in the ground all year long here (Western Australia)

Andrea said...

Your site is shrieking in pink today, the post, the font color, the site design, everything, haha! That blue mist provided the contrast and is lovely.

darbycreekyorks said...

Pretty! I haven't begun to winterize, mostly because it rains all the time now. I have to say, I don't do much but cover over the graphed part of the few roses I have left. Over the years, I've killed so many roses that all I have are a couple old-timers and shrub roses.

I was told that it's best not to cut back things right now as it stimulates new growth. Is this wrong? I generally just cut the dead off in the Spring. Mainly because I like to procrastinate...

Pearl@serenitycove said...

I'm going to have to add a blue mist shrub. That is beautiful!!
Love the color.

Pieces of Sunshine said...

Your Blue Mist shrub and Mums are beautiful.

Sunray Gardens said...

To answer a few questions. Yes my Mums come back in the ground, but it's yet to be determined if they are going to come back planted in shallow containers, especially with facing the NW winds.

Gale I have numerous starts of Red Double Knockouts the next time your in the area.

I have to admit the Blue Mist is gorgeous in bloom. Thankfully it is or all of them would have been gone already since it blooms so late. :)
Cher

Ginger Zuck said...

So lovely! The Blue Mist is one of my favorites! Very beautiful.

Kingdom said...

Hi! The colors of your mums are lovely! I have tried growing them in our place, but sadly they don't really acclimatize on warm and usually hot weather even if they're placed in a shaded area. Happy Gardening! :)

Autumn Belle said...

This chrysanthemum is really special. It reminds me of a beautiful chinese painting.

April's Homemaking said...

Beautiful flowers! Love the blue mist shrub- I love blue in the garden :)

Christine @ Stonehouse Living said...

Hi Cher,

Beautiful fall garden!
I hope the idea of the container window box works out for you and returns thriving in the spring.
Love the blue mist so delicate those little blooms. Do you plant any fall bulbs?
Have a great weekend!
All the Best,
Christine

Fishtail Cottage said...

Can't believe we are already starting to prepare our gardens for spring? Your mum's are so pretty, do you have any pesky pests to worry about? I just planted some & i've never had any luck with them.....would love any advise you might have! Thanks for linking your post to Cottage Flora Thursday's! hugs! Tracie

Judy Haughton-James said...

Beautiful Mums! They are my birth flowers! I hope everything will work out as you prepare for the change in season. We usually get a lot of rain in October.

hundredsofideas said...

Love Mums....getting ready for fall here!!

Kelly - Blackberry Hill said...

Looks beautiful and your dogs are adorable too. How many do you have?

Orchid de dangau said...

They are sol lovely. Thanks for sharing the beauties. Love the Chrysanthemum.

Melynda said...

I really like the blue mist shrub, again thanks for providing the name.

dorothy said...

Your chrysanthemums are very pretty. I don't usually grow them because they only last through the fall for me and rarely come back. I also like your 'Blue Mist' shrub. I wish it would grow in my zone!

Marina said...

I love that color! Lovely.. Wish I have a garden :)

Larry said...

The caryopteris is wonderful... I've never tried one as I've assumed the rabbits would find them delectable. The latest excitement here has been possums digging out all my new primulas I planted this fall... always something! Larry

Marie said...

Love love love the color of those mums! I don't think I have ever seen them in blue. What we get here in SoCal are reds, yellows, white and orange.

Happy weekend!
-Marie

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Kelly said...

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Hello Dahlink, what a fabulous blog you have here. I found you through the 'Just Winging It' Blog Hop.

You have got some cracking photographs there. I love the deep pink colour of the c'mums. I have never thought of planting a hosta with them - I thought they had different light requirements. But now I see they look good, I'll give 'em a go!!

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Liz @ Sit With Me In My Garden said...

I used to have a Blue Mist Shrub but lost it to a renovation on our home when I got demolished! I always liked that shrub! Seeing yours reminds me of it. I should get another one! I haven't started cutting anything back, I think I've gotten lazy!

Sissy said...

That will be an interesting experiment, about the mums. I know they thrive in clay, but I sure will be curious to see if they come back. I am sure the hosta will, nothing kills them!
I wonder how you got starts of the Knock out? I have a lot of them, but I haven't seen any spreading, is it something you are doing to get more or are they sprouting?!

StoBlogger said...

Lovely colored mums. That reminds me, I have several in the front yard to plant! Better go do that. Have a great weekend.

Kalyan said...

Simply beautifully captured shots...lovely!

pontos said...

Complimenti per il giardino! Che bello il Caryopteris, è uno degli arbusti di fine estate più belli.

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Carolyn ♥ said...

Lovely pinks! Our mums will die if left out in the cold Winter, so I bring mine in and enjoy them longer!

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Those mums are beautiful. I hope you find good plants for those containers to come back for you.

Malar said...

The mums and blue mist are so pretty! Hope they strive well in winter!

hundredsofideas said...

What a delightful color on those mums!

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