From the E-Newsletter:
November and December 2006
Chrysanthemums in China
Chinese love their chrysanthemums -- so much so that
every fall the parks, squares, gardens, monasteries,
and other public sites across the country are adorned
with large and impressive displays. Chrysanthemums were
cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back
as the 15th
century BC. An ancient Chinese city was named Chu-Hsien,
meaning "chrysanthemum city". The flower was introduced
into Japan around the 8th century AD and to Europe in
the 17th century AD. Today the chrysanthemum is used
in teas as well as for ornamental purposes across China.
The flowers represent nobility and elegance to the Chinese
people. Currently there are said to be more than 3000
different chrysanthemum cultivars grown in China.
Various large-flowered cultivars mass-planted along
the Yangtze River. These flowers are about six to eight
inches in diametre.
Chrysanthemum balls and pillars in the the Humble Administrator's
Garden, Suzhou. The pillars are not forms holding various
pots. Each pot contains three to five plants each of
which are staked and grown to 6 to 8 feet tall!
This disc of orange chrysanthemums is a single
plant measuring at least six feet in diametre! The flowers
are held by the concentric circles of a wooden frame
to present a uniform floral pattern. Tiger Hill Pagoda,
While this single chrysanthemum plant is perhaps
meant to represent the nearby Tiger Hill Pagoda of Suzhou
it looked awfully like a Christmas tree to us westerners.
For reference sake Randy is six foot four. Again a bamboo
frame is used to support the plant and to arrange the
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