More Chrysanthemums

As the month of October draws to a close this week, we are lucky enough to revisit our flower of the month – the chrysanthemum – in a grand and glorious way thanks to a dear reader and roving reporter here OPP.

Knowing that the chrysanthemum was October’s flower my friend graciously shared her visit to the New York Botanical Garden’s show, Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden, which ran from October 2-26.

Get ready to feast your eyes on some amazing displays…

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The horticulture committee of my garden club is focusing on seed starting this year so I know this will be of particular interest to them…

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According to the NYBG’s  website, Kiku pays homage to hanami, the custom of enjoying the ephemeral beauty of flowers, with magnificent displays of chrysanthemums. The show’s centerpiece is an unforgettable presentation of kiku trained to grow in a mesmerizing variety of contemporary and traditional shapes and styles.

Traditional shapes are cultivated from cuttings and pinched back throughout the year in order to burst into bloom in October…

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fabulous topiaries…

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Traditional training techniques have been adapted to create new experimental displays.

love the “bridge”…

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I am so amazed by the “thousand bloom”…

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broom style…

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there are even bonsai chrysanthemums…

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pretty outdoor planters…

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our reporter even sent a little lagniappe, the lily pads in front of the NYBG’s conservatory…

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and the beautiful borders…

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she did a great job, don’t you think?…

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Thanks Martha!

and here’s a nod to her BFF a German Wirehaired Pointer (rip Zack) interpreted by her nephew John Fontaine…

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Contact me if you would like to have him “interpret” any of your BFFs!  Isn’t he amazing?

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