Here's a common scene in fall: cheap mums! What's the deal? It's like the McDonaldification of the fall chrysanthemum. Yesterday I hit two places to see what's for sale - one, an independent garden center, the other a discount place that sells fruits, vegetables and plants super-cheap.
John Lynch, owner of Secret Garden, the garden center on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, laments the fact that his customers aren't interested in fall planting, even though this is a great time of year for perennials, shrubs and trees. "They only want mums," he says.
Mums (which he sells for $5.99 or 3 for $15) and cornstalks and pumpkins, that is.
Just down the street at R&R Produce and Garden Center, Donna Smosmy was behind the cash register, ringing up bags of cheap broccoli and mums, mums, mums. "They come in to get mums," she says with a shrug. Five for $10.