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The Tunica Times • P.O. Box 308/986 Magnolia Street, Tunica, MS 38676

Southern Gardening: Shop now for colorful fall-blooming mums

I always enjoy the shift from summer to fall, but determining when the seasons actually change can be a bit confusing.In astronomical terms, by charting the position of Earth in relation to the Sun, fall began on Sept. 21/22 with the Autumnal Equinox.

On the other hand, the weather folks use the meteorological calendar and say fall started on Sept. 1.

Mother Nature also give us signals, just not with all the fanfare of the Weather Channel. Many plants start to show fall colors in response to the environment around them. We’ll also start to see the Surprise or Resurrection lilies -- sometimes called the naughty name of Nekkid Ladies -- popping up in seemingly random places in the landscape.

Another sure sign that we’re in autumn is the arrival of bountiful mums to our garden centers and nurseries. Now is the time to start planning how and where to effectively use these plants around your home and landscape.

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