The Queen of Fall Flowers: How the Chrysanthemum Became Autumn’s Favorite Flower

Chrysanthemums, or “mums”, for short, symbolize the last fanfare of color as summer turns to fall. In fact, the mum comes into its prime when most flowers are fading away, giving it distinction as a cool-weather flower that blooms September through November. Many of us grew up with mums decorating our doorways in the fall, …

Good-Bye Summer! Dismantling your Summer Garden and Preparing it for Winter

As the air gets chillier and fall approaches, it is important to take the necessary steps to prepare your garden for the changing seasons ahead.  Some time spent now will pay off with a healthier, happier summer garden in 2015. First, it is important to clean up some of the dead foliage.  As tomato plants …