May 20, 2013

Mum's the Word

 Almost everything you do in gardening is an experiment.  As a gardeNERD, I know that's part of why I like it so much.  (The other part is the smell of earth on your hands.  I swear, my measure of a successful weekend is directly correlated with that smell.)  =)  Within the experiment of gardening, you never know from year to year, season to season, heck even day to day what's going to work.

This year I left the mums I purchased last fall out in my front pots through the winter.  I didn't water them, but they got what the rest of my outdoor plants got from mother nature.  This spring, I cut them back almost to the ground.  In this pot, you can see the branches sticking out of the middle.
I'm pretty sure this one is DEAD.  Why do I think that?  Oh yeah, because of this one.

You can see the bright green coming up in the middle of my bunch of pansies.  (Heh. Bunch of pansies.) I did absolutely nothing different with these two pots.  I have no clue what might have happened.  Let me tell you, I am just a wealth of knowledge.  I guess that's one less mum that I'll have to buy this fall... Assuming I manage to keep it alive through the summer. (Experiment! Score!!)


  1. Don't give up on it yet! A little water and a little sun and then let it go. My mums always lived through the ict winter in the corner of the garage with no water.....and then I would throw them away.:(

  2. Both of those photos look nearly the same to me. Aaaaand that's why I don't garden right now. :)