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Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Miss Muffett::Not Sitting On Her Tuffett
If you don't know her already it is my pleasure to introduce to 'Miss Muffett'. She sort of brings out the, gushing, proud-as-a-Mimi, 'giddy' me.
She's a bright chartreuse green, medium tall caladium variety that has been and remains my number one choice for summer foliage from this beautiful genus of ornamental plants.
Planted from bulbs in amended organic soil, that is moist from summer rains but well drained, these lovelies will hold their heads high for all the months from spring to summer. Mix them with reds, pinks, greens, or clump them alone to add splashes of delightful color all over the garden!
The freckly magenta pattern on her heart-shaped face is bright enough to add just the right amount of pizazz yet subtle enough to blend quietly with her surroundings.
Tip: She is a perfect specimen for cut arrangements in water vases. I especially like to reach underneath the larger leaves to cut a few of the smaller leaves for small glass vases to put in the kitchen window sill. They will last for over two weeks in water.
Plant her directly in the ground or in container plants. For a fuller habit in containers she benefits from the de-eyeing process first. Although her recommendations come with full sun capabilities my experience shows she performs best placed in partially sunny to small doses of full sun situations.
This one will make any gardener smile during the hottest, most humid months of the year. And that's really something to boast about.
Tip: I reserve an order of Miss Muffetts bulbs storing them until late August to freshen up my favorite varieties with another planting. A second season of flourishing caladium foliage will extend the beauty in my garden until late fall.
Have you tried adding Miss Muffett to your garden yet? She promises to be a great performer for you, too. This year my healthy and vigorous Miss Muffett bulbs came from Classic Caladiums.