Thursday, September 18, 2008

History of the Chrysanthemum

"If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums." (a Chinese philosopher)

The chrysanthemum was first cultivated in China as a flowering herb and is described in writings as early as the 15th Century B.C. In fact, their pottery depicted the chrysanthemum much as we know it today. As an herb, it was believed to have the power of life. Legend has it that the boiled roots were used as a headache remedy; young sprouts and petals were eaten in salads; and leaves were brewed for a festive drink. The ancient Chinese name for chrysanthemum is "Chu." The Chinese city of Chu-Hsien (which means Chrysanthemum City) was so named to honor the flower.
Around the 8th century A.D., the chrysanthemum appeared in Japan. So taken were the Japanese with this flower that they adopted a single flowered chrysanthemum as the crest and official seal of the Emperor. The chrysanthemum in the crest is a 16-floret variety called "Ichimonjiginu." Family seals for prominent Japanese families also contain some type of chrysanthemum called a Kikumon – "Kiku" means chrysanthemum and "Mon" means crest. In Japan, the Imperial Order of the Chrysanthemum is the highest Order of Chivalry. Japan also has a National Chrysanthemum Day, which is called the Festival of Happiness.
The chrysanthemum was first introduced into the Western world during the 17th Century. In1753 Karl Linnaeus, reknowned Swedish botanist, combined the Greek words chrysos, meaning gold with anthemon, meaning flower. All classes of chrysanthemums have both types of florets, but in many of the classes, the disc florets are not apparent. In those plants, the plant breeder uses a pair of scissors to uncover the disc florets for pollination and the development of new cultivars.
Since the chrysanthemum was first introduced into the United States during colonial times, its popularity has grown such that mums now reign as undisputed "Queen of the Fall Flowers." For many of us. An interesting contrast to the positive feelings many Americans have of the chrysanthemum (football games, house-warming presents, get-well thoughts), is that in many European countries the chrysanthemum is known as the death flower.
As a landscaping plant, the chrysanthemum makes a beautiful Fall display for the home garden. With skill and artistry, many varied effects can be achieved, even when only a small growing area is available.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008


Ever hear people talk to their plant? I don't know it's true or not, I mean the plant can hear they voice or not? have good effect to them? but many people who I know and usually they have their own garden, they said to me that every morning after week up they always go to garden, see some flowers or other plant and they talk to that plant, first time I didn't believed it, but they talked serious so I though they must said the true :)
For me flowers can give my mind relax, example : when i feel up set or I have bad mood, usually I leave my job for a moment, I will go to garden and see flowers at there with a glass of tea, relax my mind, but so bad I don't have garden, usually I just go to my friend garden.
Some time I have a dream if in my bed room i decorate with flowers around my room, so when I open my eyes every morning I can see the flowers, hhmmmm.... so sweet :)

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

My First Blog : Chrysant

This is my first blog and this is my first posting, I have think more than one day to have know what must i write in here, maybe I better talk about how can I know about blogging, I have a close friend who always said her blog to me and suggest me to make a blog too, after I saw her blog I was interested too, in my mind I will make one too.
I think it's easy, just write our opinion, our activity or our feeling, but when I want write the first blog, I really don't know what must I write, I just realized some thing that we feel easy but the real is not easy like we feel, at least I still have spirit in my mind if we want learn some thing it will be our usual.
I have a reason why I choice Chrysant for my blog? Chrysant in a beautiful flower, every one know that and can be the tea, I like drink it sometimes, also I have a sweet memory in a place that name Chrysant too, so the first word in my mind when i start this blog is Chrysant.
At last I hope by this blog I can share to every body in the world :)