The flowers seen in the pictures (taken in my rooftop garden) atop this blog entry are a type of mum known as Mum koreana Sheffield AKA Korean Mum, Dendranthema Rubellum.
I bought them this past Thursday at a nursery in Brooklyn, and the following day, Juan V helped me plant them. I got the mums to replace my Agastache 'Apicot Sunrise' plants which I purchased in late May or early June. The Agastaches served me very well, but they had gotten a bit tired after doing such a good job of flourishing throughout the summer. I confess that mums have not been one of my favorite flowers, however, that was before I became acquainted with this variety.
According to a grower's web-page, Mums (also known as Chrysanthemum) "are (the) Queen of the Fall Flowers. Few plants can rival mums for beautiful fall color. They begin their show in early autumn and are handsome until a killing frost."
My Korean Mum, Dendranthema Rubellum certainly are "handsome" and they are flourishing in their home, which is a window-box style container that I have on my rooftop garden's floor. It sits directly below an identical container that is on the ledge directly above, and that container is the home for my white roses. These roses are the climbing variety, and climb they do, up a bamboo trellis that serves as one of my urban hedges (one of my white roses can be seen doing this in the first of the tree pictures posted above.)
By the way, urban hedges are a topic I discussed within a series of posts that are on hometalk under the following titles:
URBAN HEDGES PART ONE: SHELVING, URBAN HEDGES PART TWO:BAMBOO TRELLIS ,URBAN HEDGES PART THREE-A: KIWI VINES, URBAN HEDGES PART THREE-B: KIWI VINES.
But I've digressed, in my musings on mums, and thought you'd appreciate knowing some facts re the Korean Mum, Dendranthema Rubellum, and have included a screen shot (from the aforementioned grower's web-page) that shows all the details re this mum variety.
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