Way back in May, I posted about a Mammoth™ mum I bought, then neglected for several weeks. (See sad photo at right.) Well, look at that baby now! While it’s not as large as it will be in a two or three years — Mammoth mums top out at 5 feet across and 3 feet tall — it’s a striking element in one of the backyard beds, with pink Clara Curtis daisies behind it and the pointy flowers of Mexican hat threaded through its stems. It just goes to show how resilient plants are — I’m suddenly thinking of the line from Spamalot, “I’m not dead yet!” — and how if we give them just a chance, they will grow and be beautiful.