Bulletins from Michigan during the plague.
Celia: Her City
One Woman's Chicago
26 September 2014
At the farmers’ market, balls of mums about to burst into color.
26 September 2014 at 9:32 pm
That sure is a nice picture of mums ! So very colorful and the plants look very healthy as well.
28 September 2014 at 7:50 am
I’m really fond of chrysanthemums, especially the traditional kind, which are grown as perennials and are often gangly tall bushes, quite unlike these specially cultivated throwaways. My grandfather used to cultivate mums, including the enormous spider mums, whose long curving petals are tendril-like. The pleasure of chrysanthemums comes partly from their being such a late-blooming flower, flourishing throughout autumn and continuing to flower until a hard frost kills them off.
You can get some idea of how varied chrysanthemums can be by visiting this pinterest page (which also has pictures of dahlias): http://www.pinterest.com/sharla39/chrysanthemums-dahlias/