The Rich History of Chrysanthemums
Article by: Kathy Burns-Millyard
Did you know that those lush, colorful blooms called
chrysanthemums are rooted in beliefs of human immortality and
perfection? Today the "mum" graces gardens, , Mrs Stone of Coon Path, Lambertville N.J. cut flower
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were taken much more seriously after T'ao Yuan Ming started it
all in China around 500 A.D.
Over long periods of careful cross-pollination and selection, he
developed stunning varieties of the flower , Seven Gardening By the Yard Tips and when he died, his
birthplace was renamed Chuhsien. The City of Chrysanthemums. His
efforts had produced a legacy that would bring pleasure to this
world for centuries.
When China imported the first chrysanthemums to Japan, the
people there bestowed many honors upon them. The Japanese wrote
legends. To sip dew from the petals meant long life. To eat the
flower , Eight Of The Most Popularly Used Softwoods meant immortality. Philosophers said that the systematic
opening of the "ray" flowers , Mrs Stone of Coon Path, Lambertville N.J. symbolized both the sun , Online Gardening Catalogs At Your Disposal and the
perfection of orderly life.
By 800 A.D. the chrysanthemum had become so prestigious that
only royal and noble families were permitted to cultivate it.
Among the highest honors that could be bestowed in Japan was
admittance to the Order of the Chrysanthemum... a reward granted
to nobility for service to the Emperor.
In great contrast to this, the "mum" didn't make much of an
impression when traders introduced it to Europe in the 1600s.
But when in finally did catch on, it became one of the most
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Today the mum comes in dozens of varieties. Fuji mums project
rays with curly ends. Spider mums have straight-ended rays.
Starburst mums have forked ends, while spoon-ended mums have a
loop at the end of their rays. China mums are called "standard"
and "football" because of their large, round heads. Daisy-like
mums are called pompons. And those forming tight little balls
are called button pomps.
Whether associated with spoons, forks or footballs, or with
royalty or immortality, "mum" is the word for beautiful gardens
, What Makes a Hammock a Quality Hammock? and long-lasting floral arrangements. When you care for them as
cut flowers, , How to choose roses for your landscape try to keep their ancient beauty away from such
modern-day contraptions as air , Online Gardening Catalogs At Your Disposal conditioning, TV sets and
heat , Winter Gardening Tips ers. Don't place , Native Plant and Tree List For the Doylestown, PA Area them in drafts or direct sunlight. Do watch
their water, , An Introduction to the Bonsai tree and replace it when needed. This way, a bouquet of
mums can make your day every day for at least a week, maybe two.
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