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Chrysanthemums: Flower Focus

ChrysanthemumsRona Wheeldon is the author of the popular flower-inspired blog, Flowerona. In this guest post she talks about the beauty of Chrysanthemums

Did you know that Chrysanthemums are one of the oldest known flowers? In fact, they had already been cultivated in Chinese gardens for more than 2,500 years before they were first exhibited in London in 1795.

The name Chrysanthemum comes from the Greek ‘chrys’ meaning golden and ‘anthos’ meaning flower. So perhaps the first ones were golden in colour. Chrysanthemums are generally split into two main groups, multi-headed spray and single-headed bloom varieties.

Pink Chrysanthemums

Bloom chrysanthemums can then be split into a further six categories: balloon/pompon, double, incurve, mop head, single and spider. The photos in this post show an incurve variety of bloom chrysanthemum in this blog post.  Incurve refers to the way that the petals curve in towards the centre of the flower.

Chrysanthemum bloom varieties include Fred Shoesmith (cream), Rebonnet (white) and Tom Pearce (bronze).

Chrysanthemums

These cut flowers are very long-lasting and will give you pleasure for 10-14 days.  And sometimes even longer if you change the water every 3-4 days and recut the stems each time. When arranging them in your home, instead of using a vase, why not pop them into a tin can for a quirky look?  Or simply place them in a large cup.

So, why not treat yourself the next time you’re looking for some long-lasting flowers to brighten up your home…