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October 18 Horticulture Column

Howdy!!

Have you got your fall preparations done for the year??  I surely don’t but am working on it everyday I am home.  This last weekend I put a hurt bag on the leaves and other debris from the neighborhood.  It does look good to see it all cleaned up however I have things like water lines to air out and pumps to be stored inside.  We still have roses to get ready for the long winter season ahead and any other perennials that need adjusting or their hair clipped.  This leads me to a question to all of you and that is do you have any chrysanthemums you would like to share with me.  I am looking for some beautiful fall color for my drive way and thought I would plant chrysanthemums in between my other perennials.  This would give us color throughout the summer and fall seasons.  The mums that we see in most nurseries are not winter hardy mums unless they are chrysanthemums.  Either mum has a beautiful fall show.  So, if you are interested in sharing please give me a call at 662-7030 or stop a plant off at our office.  I have also been getting questions about my hostas and the possibility of getting some divisions.  Do to the extreme amount of interest I think the best way to handle the requests would be to have a garage sale and probably would not happen until the following year.  I want to make sure all of the hosta’s have matured to the dividing point.  My next venture this winter is to keep looking for some very different dwarf spruce and pine.  I have four dwarfs now and am very impressed for the landscape design as they are no work.  No pruning, no cutting back, they take care of themselves during the winter and most of all they do not spread like most perennials.  They are a joy to have around

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