Monday, May 14, 2007

Chrysanthemums were cultivated in China as a flowering herb as far back as the 15th century BC. An ancient Chinese city was named Ju-Xian, meaning "chrysanthemum city". The flower was introduced into Japan probably in the 8th century AD, 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. Linnaeus named it from the Greek prefix chrys-, which means golden (the colour of the original flowers), and -anthemon, meaning flower.

These are such pretty flowers. I think I will try and plant some this year and test out my luck. Once my flower beds start to bloom I will get a picture.I think I have a lilac bush that has seeded from my neighbors. We'll see if I get any blooms on that. I didn't know what it was, so for the past 3 years I have been cutting it down. I think I'll leave it alone this year and wait....

Thursday, May 3, 2007

I just love spring! The flowers are in bloom, the new life reaching out of the ground, leaves on the tress are slowly starting to uncurl waking up from a long winters rest. When I see pansies , it almost makes Spring feel like I have been reborn. Let out of the long cold grasp of winters icy hands. Happy Spring everyone!!

O! how this spring of love resembleth

The uncertain glory of an April day!

William Shakespeare (1564-1616)