October Flower of the Month

I went back and forth on this but have finally decided that I must say the flower for October is the chrysanthemum!

I know that it is November’s birth flower but October is really when the chrysanthemum takes center stage, ushering in autumn with a blaze of color…

chrysanthemum

 

The chrysanthemum dates back to the 15th century B.C. and figures prominently in mythological stories.  Its’ name is derived from the Greek prefix “chrys”  meaning golden,  and “-anthemion” meaning flower.  Years of cultivation have given us the many colors of chrysanthemums we see today.

my neighbor’s porch in Oxford is testimonial…

chrysanthemum

 

In addition to being November’s birth flower, the chrythanthemum is also the 13th wedding anniversary flower and the city of Chicago’s official flower.

In Japan, the unfolding of the petals is representative of perfection and is used in meditation.

A single petal in the bottom of a glass of wine is said to encourage a long, healthy life!

A pot of chrysanthemums definitely says “welcome” – even this little pot at the foot of the drive beckons…

chrysanthemum

see how inviting they are stacked on the front stairs…

chrysanthemum

this was a favorite of the children here OPP…

chrysanthemum

In 2010 the largest chrysanthemum ever to be shown in North America was on display in Pennsylvania.  The plant – Thousand Bloom – was part of the Longwood Gardens annual Chrysanthemum Festival.  It boasted 991 blooms, was 11 feet across and was grown by a master horticulturist and metal worker.  It took 18 months to grow using a Japanese technique known as Ozukuri…

chrysanthemum

are you convinced?…

dogs with chrythanthemum

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