July 8, 2009


Chrysanthemum rubellum 'clara curtis' aka 'country girl '

I wrote recently that when the word "never " appeared to be falling off my tongue that I would refrain from using it but this morning I just had to blurt it out when I saw Clara Curtis in bloom on July 8. Is this a record? Has anyone else had their Clara bloom earlier? I may be holding a record here, folks. Clare usually blooms way earlier than other mums but the earliest I've seen her bloom is late July and sometimes early to mid-August .

I have expounded on the virtues of Clara many times in the past but I think it bears repeating. The long bloom time, the daisy-like appearance, medium height, the hardiness, the early bloom time all add up to an outstanding perennial.

I wonder if there's an Guiness book of world records for earliest blooming mums?


  1. I will definitely have to look for a Clara Curtis to add to my own garden!

  2. I don't know a thing about Clara Curtis, but she sure is pretty and she sort of looks like she's winking at us.

  3. Hi Carolyn Gail, hmmm strange things happening in the univers. Is it global climate change? We don't have Clara, but are covered up with Sheffield Pinks that bloom quite late by mum standards. Now the asters have been blooming for a while though, what will the fall be like for us with these things blooming so early? I wonder. :-)

  4. Clara is NOT easy to find, Rose. You may have to order it online.

  5. Hi Donna,

    Like the song goes " I don't know much, but I know I love you and that may be all I need to know. "

  6. Strange things are happening, Frances. First my Clara Curtis blooms and now I see buds on my Rose of Sharon and the Fall Asters.

    I do wonder how our Fall will be this year.


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