Appreciate the Beauties of the Autumn Season
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while growing thin
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the chrysanthemum bud
Every autumn, my husband notes that the fastest time of year is the time between Labor Day and Halloween. One day you are sitting in your shorts eating barbequed chicken, and the next school is starting, the nights grow colder, the heat goes on in the building, Christmas decorations go up next to the Halloween candy at the store, and you still haven’t taken your winter clothes down from storage!
To help slow down time and focus on the beautiful but fleeting autumn season, I thought I’d talk about our favorite blossom for fall floral arrangements: the chrysanthemum! Nothing represents the splendor of autumn better than the warm, rich color and crisp scent of mums. Here are 3 ways to enjoy chrysanthemum plants this fall:
Bringing the Kiku Matsuri Chrysanthemum Festival to NYC
In Japan there are special festivals celebrating the changes of season. Kiku Matsuri is the Chrysanthemum Viewing Festival, when nature gives us one more gorgeous pop of color before the bleak and cold winter. Here in NYC we can see gorgeous plantings of Chrysanthemums popping up everywhere – our own way of nodding to this beautiful Eastern tradition.
Big Apple Florist had some fabulous opportunities to design fall floral arrangements with mums this season. Check out how our outdoor landscape team used mums to brighten rich evergreen plantings, adding vibrant seasonal color and texture:
A Mum Flower Field Trip
I am desperately longing to visit Longwood Gardens, a gorgeous botanical garden located in Kennett Square, PA. From October 29th to November 20th they have a special Chrysanthemum Festival featuring the “Thousand Bloom” Chrysanthemum. Known in Japan as Ozukuri, the cultivation of this plant is the most exacting and difficult of all the Chrysanthemum cultivation training styles. It derives its name from an ambitious goal: coaxing a single chrysanthemum plant to produce 1,000 perfect blooms. This year’s effort has 991 blooms and is 11 feet in diameter!
Closer to Home: An NYC Chrysanthemum Garden
Central Park’s North Garden – close to the Fifth Avenue 105th Street Entrance – has magnificent plantings of Korean Mum flowers for our viewing pleasure. If you’re hankering for a chrysanthemum fall floral arrangement of your own, resist the urge to take them home with you – instead, ask your favorite Manhattan florist shop (that’s us!) to create a rich, beautiful autumn arrangement for you.
Check out Central Park’s site for other fun fall-focused outdoor activities in the Big Apple!
Already getting ready for the holidays? Here at Big Apple, we’ve spent the past few weeks deep in talks with clients about Christmas poinsettias and holiday décor. Give us a call today to inquire about Christmas flowers, holiday decorating services, or holiday flower arrangements.
Do you have an indoor or outdoor space the needs some gorgeous green or seasonal accents? Contact us for a consultation!