Manicured Terraced Garden in Sector 33B, Chandigarh comes alive with chrysanthemums of varied colors during annual winter Chrysanthemum Show. However, you will not find blue color chrysanthemums because they are limited to fantasies. Chrysanthemums of different shapes and sizes reside in clean pots for three days in the garden. The entire city converges to the garden to get the glimpse of dainty and hardy chrysanthemums.
Describing beauty of carefully grown perfect flowers requires extraordinary poetry writing skills. Frankly speaking I do not have these skills. So it is better to show you these flower photos and entice you to visit the next show in Chandigarh.
Today’s photo story Cradle of Chrysanthemums takes you to the garden adorned with chrysanthemums and marigolds during 2012 edition of the Chrysanthemum Show. After you are done with the story, check some interesting facts about the flower and have a close look at marigold arrangements and pink-purple, white, and yellow-red chrysanthemums.
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17 facts about chrysanthemum
- A book has been named after the dainty flower: The Chrysanthemum Contingency by James Couch. The book covers East Asia and US relationship and secret relationship between two Asian powerhouses China and Japan.
- British called chrysanthemum “Corn Marigold” before the sixteenth century.
- Chinese called the flower as Chu in ancient time. A city (Chu-Hsien) was named in honor of the flower. Chu-Hsien means city of Chrysanthemums.
- Chinese eat chrysanthemum petals for increasing lifespan. The plant leaves are boiled or steamed and served as a green vegetable.
- Chrysanthemum has earned four epithets: Autumn Queen, Flower of Happiness, Queen of East, and Queen of the Fall Flowers.
- Chrysanthemum is the official flower of Salinas (California) and Chicago (Illinois), the US cities.
- Chrysanthemum is grown for its commercial value in many parts of the world. The long-lasting scented flower competes with rose in the market.
- Chrysanthemum is probably the oldest flowering plant.
- Chrysanthemum symbolizes the old Empire in Japan. The imperial emblem featured a 16-petal golden color chrysanthemum. The flower adorned the Japanese Emperor’s throne and coins. The highest Japanese award given to noble and royal personalities is the Supreme Order of the Chrysanthemum.
- Chrysanthemums are native to different continents: America, Asia, and Europe.
- Chrysanthemums are nicknamed mums.
- During autumn, Chinese and Koreans indulge in chrysanthemum gazing during Double Nine festivals. They compose poetry focusing on the flower. During bygone eras, Chinese also relished chrysanthemum wine during the festival.
- Each chrysanthemum consists of several flowers/florets.
- In Greek, chrysanthemum means a “golden flower.” The word “chrysos” means gold and “anthemon” means flower.
- Japan celebrates Feast of the Chrysanthemums (National Chrysanthemum Day) in September-October. Chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan.
- Koreans add leaves of chrysanthemums into pancakes during festivities. They enhance flavors of rice wine with the flowers.
- November is celebrated as the chrysanthemum month in the U.S.A.
“If you would be happy for a lifetime, grow Chrysanthemums.” — Chinese saying