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Bulger's Beat: Colorful mums help welcome autumn

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A year of wacky weather in Middle Tennessee has led to an early bloom for fall flowers in the area, and many of them have already arrived.

So, if autumn is your favorite season, you'll want to make a visit to the Cheekwood Harvest Fall Festival, where "mum" is the word this year.

"Well, the yellows really pop, but I tend to like the oranges," said Leigh Anne Lomax, Cheekwood's horticulture manager.

Lomax really loves this time of year, and it's easy to see why. Nearly a half-million chrysanthemum blooms are expected at the Cheekwood Botanical Gardens from now until November.

"I think you see people want to be outside. You see the flowers blooming in gardens start to change. The garden staff loves this time of year," Lomax said.

October also means pumpkins and scarecrows, which are all part of this fall harvest. Visitors may also discover a gardening awakening all over the colorful trails.

"There's lots of different types of chrysanthemums that you would find here at the garden center, so what we do here you could do at home. You can come here and get your inspiration for the best colors and varieties that we have," Lomax said.

Hundreds of pumpkins, dozens of scarecrows and all those flowers are on site at Cheekwood all month. For more information, visit: http://www.cheekwood.org/.

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