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Thursday, 3 May 2012

FFF24 - THE "GOLDEN FLOWERS"

Chrysanthemums, often called mums or chrysanths, are of the genus Chrysanthemum, comprising approximately 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae which is native to Asia and northeastern Europe. The name chrysanthemum was given tot hese plants by Linnaeus and is derived from the Greek words, chrysos (golden) and anthemon (flower), with many of the cultivated varieties having brilliant yellow-gold flowers.

Chrysanthemums were first cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. The plant is renowned as one of the "Four Gentlemen" in Chinese and East Asian art. The plant is particularly significant during the Double Ninth Festival. It is believed that the flower may have been brought to Japan in the 8th century CE, and the Emperor adopted the flower as his official seal. There is a "Festival of Happiness" in Japan that celebrates the flower. The flower was brought to Europe in the 17th century.

Modern chrysanthemums are much more showy than their wild relatives. The flowers occur in various forms, and can be daisy-like, decorative, pompons or buttons. This genus contains many hybrids and thousands of cultivars developed for horticultural purposes. In addition to the traditional yellow, other colors are available, such as white, purple, and red. The most important hybrid is Chrysanthemum × morifolium (syn. C. × grandiflorum), derived primarily from C. indicum but also involving other species. The photo here is from a plant in our garden, which was given to us as a cutting by a neighbour. It currently has a profuse showing of rich, large blossoms that brighten the wet and gray autumn days.

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30 comments:

  1. pretty flower :) have a nice weekend!

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  2. Hello Nick.
    Beautiful chrysanthemum viewing.
    It's not just live with us now, but in the autumn.
    Wishing you a good day.
    Hugs Hanne Bente

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  3. i haven't seen mums in this color before---yellow is much more common here. i love the rich color.

    Thai Gardenia

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  4. I love these flowers - I used them to decorate for our wedding 6 years ago...beautiful specimen you have shown here! I will be joining and linking on Sunday (I know it says Friday...but that's when I do my floral shots)...have a great day and thanks for sponsoring this meme!

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  5. One of my fav flowers, gorgeous color. Thanks for hosting, have a great weekend.

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  6. Really beautiful; reminds me that it is fall there! I thought that the information about them coming from China and being taken to Japan, and the way that they celebrate the flower there to be really interesting :)

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  7. These flowers are so pretty during Autumn Days, the bronze and golden colors chimed with the season.

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  8. Now I really got to join the meme...happy weekend Nix.

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  9. So pretty!
    Your Chrysanthmum are such a lovely color.
    Have a nice weekend

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  10. Very beautiful flower in such a wonderful color ..
    Best regards, Karin

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  11. Beautiful photo of this flower.
    Wish you a great weekend.

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  12. What I like about these flowers is that they hold up so long! In Holland they have the nick name of "Fall Asters"

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  13. Such vibrant colors! Beautiful photo!

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  14. As you menthioned, chrysanthmum are very popular in Japan. It is adopted for the Imperial family crest. Plus we dispay them maily for funerals or aniversary after death.

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  15. This golden, orange, red color is very bright and energetic! Thanks for sharing :)

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  16. These are definitely a fall flower for me. I'm always forgetting that your seasons are different. :)
    Beautiful macro!

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  17. We too can get the mums in autumn.

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  18. Pretty photo and pretty color of the flower! :)

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  19. Beautiful chrysanthemums, the color is so pretty.

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  20. Mums are my favorite autumn flower, the color of this one is beautiful.

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  21. Wonderful colors! Greetings from Brasov!

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  22. I photographed a similar bush.

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  23. http://annkitsuetchin.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/flowers-and-bereaved.html was brown, but the photograph became pink

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  24. Hi Nick the foto is certainly pretty, i wonder why you call it golden when it is a bit bronze? I wasn't able to join in here this time as i was too engrossed in making a new blog, which i called Pure Oxygen Generators! Isn't it lovely calling plants like that, haha!...Andrea/kalantikan

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    1. Hi Andrea. The term "Golden flower" refers to the genus name in Greek. I guess it's because the characteristic colour fo the flowers is golden-yellow.

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  25. The colors are wonderful. :-) Lovely photo.

    ~Imelda

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  26. Wunderbare Fotos. Danke für die Möglichkeit zum Verlinken.
    Viele Grüße Synnöve

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  27. Beautiful shot! Gorgeous color and one of my favorites to grow. I have one in my garden that has buds already, but no blooms yet. Thanks for hosting again this week! :-)

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  28. º°❤ Olá, amigo!
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    Belíssimos!!!

    Boa semana!
    Beijinhos.
    Brasil

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