One of the biggest markers of the seasons are the flowers that we associate with them. Just as one of the first signs of spring is when daffodils begin to break the surface of the ground, walking past front steps with rows of brilliantly colored mums overflowing their containers lets me know that fall is beginning to usher summer out.
Mums are abundant and inexpensive this time of year and can be picked up at your local nursery, hardware store, grocer or, better yet, farmers market. Look for a plant with plentiful, firm buds that haven't gone into full bloom yet. The flowering display is seasonal and you want to make the most of the plant when you get it home.