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Mari-Mums for All Souls Day


Have you ever seen anything more beautiful than these mari-mums? These are the flowers that are marigolds really, but they've got a bloom bigger than a mum. We always talk about planting them in August out in the fields and wherever, and they make a beautiful show about this time of the year. For the first time this year they're in containers. We've put them in containers and people can buy them for about half the price of what they pay for chrysanthemums, which is what people usually use for All Souls Day.

Now these marigolds, or mari-mums as they're called, are not only half price but they last a lot longer and they bloom a lot longer than the regular chrysanthemums so. Of course, we're not saying that you have to carry all of these to the cemetery because the living like to get some of these too. They make beautiful containerized plants and they give a bloom for a long period of time. As you can see this one has a lot of buds that are just opening and these blooms will last a long period of time now that it's cool.

So look for these in some of the HEB supermarkets and some of the pacific nurseries around town and buy these containerized plants now. These were planted in August just like you would plant them out in the flowerbed. If you didn't have a place to plant them or really want to honor your loved ones on All Souls Day don't forget the mari-mum as a flower. Not only is it a better blooming plant but also a little less expensive.

This is Jerry Parsons, Vegetable Specialist for the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, the Weekend Gardener.

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