by Connie Oswald Stofko
Last week the calendar said it was autumn, but it still felt like summer.
Mums thought it was still summer, too, and they were late in blooming this year, said Mark Yadon, vice president at Mischler’s Florist and Greenhouses, 118 South Forest Rd., Williamsville.
Usually Labor Day is the beginning of the mum season, but the mums weren’t flowering yet due to what is called heat delay, he said. Because of the hot weather, mums are 10 days to two weeks behind this year. (Mischler’s grows early-, mid- and late-season mums, and the mid-season mums in particular are the ones that are lagging.)
Now that the weather has turned cooler, both mums and gardeners are thinking it feels a little more like autumn. The mums are starting to bloom, and gardeners are starting to look for a new annual to add a pop of color in their garden.
The good news is that since the plants are just starting to bloom, when you buy them now, you’ll have flowers for a longer period.
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