The mums at the front door are looking somewhat bedraggled. Too much heavy rain has flattened various aging stems.
I'll cut these mums back and plant them in my flowerbed. About a third will survive the winter and settle into their new home.
Now, when there's not much color remaining in the garden, i have splotches of previous years' mums blooming in their full glory. I cut mum bouquets that last for 3 weeks.
Sometimes, when we are feeling bedraggled by life, it's time to plant ourselves at a retreat. If we can't actually go on a retreat this week, then begin by pruning back activities. Make space for yourself. Take a walk outdoors instead of going shopping and watch your heart bloom.