How to keep your mums vibrant
Becky Church of Columbus knows a thing or two about mums. She should since she’s a floraculturist and just finished planting more than 500 chrysanthemums at 32 residential and commercial sites around the city.
Church is offering some tips on how to keep the “Queen of Autumn” vibrant during her reign. Church said the key to keeping the fall flowers hearty and beautiful is as simple as watering three times per week, using a good fertilizer and trimming away the wilting blooms, or dead heads.
“They’re not really a very fussy plant,” she said.
But when they bloom is another story. Cooler temps are about the only thing that prompts the buds to burst open, though the buds typically begin to develop when the days are shorter than 12 hours. In the Columbus area, that’s Sept. 25.
No. 1 question
for tourist chief?
Columbus Area Visitors Center Executive Director Lynn Lucas has heard it for all of her 13 years working with tourists, but the most common question is a tough one to answer:
”How did all this happen?” they ask.
With that inquiry, visitors refer to the architecturally significant buildings that have ranked the city in the top 10 nationwide for the number of such structures, according to the American Institute of Architects.
The depth of her answer “depends upon how much time they have,” Lucas said with a laugh, but it always includes the late philanthropist and industrialist J. Irwin Miller, who launched a building design program through the Cummins Foundation. The program, begun in the 1950s, pays the architectural fees for public buildings from schools to churches to firehouses.
The second most asked question? “What’s a good place to eat?”