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The Lifeless Mum Dilemma | Letter from the Editor – FineGardening


In the event you checked out my containers proper now, you’d be embarrassed for me. Sure, alas, they’re nonetheless stuffed with useless or dying mums. I’m pretty sure the FedEx man—who is aware of what I do for a dwelling—shook his head in disgust whereas delivering a package deal to my door yesterday. I hold that means to spruce them up, however I turn out to be paralyzed by what I ought to do. Certainly it’s too early for vacation greens and branches of pink berries. However it appears too late to easily stick a pumpkin in them and name it a “late fall look.”

Given this quandary, you’ll be able to think about my pleasure after studying Containers That Celebrate the Season. On this article, designer Barbara Libner affords up plans for the shoulder season—that includes crops and quirky equipment that may make your containers look nice now and allow them to proceed trying good into the New 12 months. The recipes embody cold-tolerant perennials, putting dwarf conifers, and an assortment of nonliving components like glass mulch, cholla stems, pure geodes, and sheet moss. In additional than 13 years with Effective Gardening, I’ve by no means seen containers as distinctive as these.

I’m planning to go to the nursery this upcoming weekend to gather some provides for tackling these unhappy entry containers. And I could need to hop on-line to order one thing—something—to show to my FedEx man that, sure, I actually do work for a gardening journal.

– Danielle Sherry, government editor


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