Apr 16, 2009

Goodbye Blooming Suns

It’s finally over – the season of Chrysanthemums. Though some flowers have been blooming even after the departure of Haemanta (Dewy Season), their blooms weren’t so beautiful and their efforts went in vain.

Gone were the days when they bloomed open like a sun, who moves across the sky blooming open completely as he rides on.

They basked in glory and showed themselves off to whoever passed by.

Japanese considered this as the symbol of sun and the orderly unfolding of petals represents perfection.

Confucius suggested that it can be used as an object of meditation. Of course, look at its serene beauty! It sure would infuse calmness into your mind.

Chinese drink the Chrysanthemum wine on the 9th day of the 9th moon to ensure long life (That was news to me too).

Though they have departed for now, they’ll be back soon with the arrival of Sarad (Autumn). Until then, Goodbye ‘mums! You were great!

Sleep in Mother Nature's lap until you come back with a bLoom!


Rose said...

Beautiful mum blooms, Chandramouli; I can see why you are sad to see them go. Here, the mums will not appear in bloom until September, the beginning of our autumn. I always love to see them then, because there's not much else blooming at that time.

Chrysanthemum wine, hmmmm....I've never heard of that before.

Jamie and Randy said...

That's the good thing about Mums, they'll be back to give you more blooms. :-)

Darla said...

Don't forget to pinch them back when they start growing again for a more lush plant!! Beautiful.

Marion said...

Oh, how beautiful were your Mums! Mine are lush with buds, but no blooms yet here in Louisiana.

I have a new blog (my old one had many technical problems and I had to start over!) and I recently posted some pictures of my flowers and yard. I'd love for you to visit. You are a true poet and an artist of the garden!!

Chandramouli S said...

Rose: Mums start flowering here in autumn too, but the stupid yellow mum wouldn't give up yet and she's giving out more buds and failing terribly due to the long days, resulting in tiny blooms. Some day I'd want to grow every type of mum and make those artwork like the Japanese do.

Jamie and Randy: It IS, isn't it? They're one plant(s) that never disappoint(s) you and would always come back with their lovely bouquet of flowers.

Sure, Darla. I've been doing that and the plants growing really well now. Poor things were being attacked by ants for the past few months.

Marion: The buds would bloom well only when the days are shorter and nights are longer - which is during autumn. I guess it's Spring there too, so we can't expect them to bloom.

Thank you for the link to your new blog. I have it updated in my Blog list. I enjoy visiting your blog. Thank you so much for the kind comments :)

tina said...

What a nice ode to a beautiful, beautiful flower. Until next autumn!

Chandramouli S said...

I have a special place for it in my heart, Tina. I can't wait for Autumn, but hey I have others to enjoy until then... Thank you :)

walk2write said...

They are such regal looking flowers, and your post pays them poetic honor, Chandramouli. I was surprised to see some little yellow ones I had planted in the fall of '07 budding out right now and getting ready to bloom. Some of them just thrive in one of the toughest spots to live in my yard, around a huge cedar. Amazing plants.

Chandramouli S said...

W2W: Wow, I've never considered myself poetic. I just throw the words and well, if you say they're poetic, I'd be glad to accept it. Tell that to my friends too, will ya :D. Good luck with yours. Be sure to post their photos in your blog. They're pretty easy to root from cuttings, eh. They're truly amazing!

gardenerprogress/Catherine said...

I love the yellow ones. The mums here just don't perform very well, one round of very short lived flowers in the fall and that's it. I wish they did bloom longer, they do look like little suns.

Chandramouli S said...

Oh! That's strange, so mums bloom well only for two/four months there? It extends to about three or four seasons here. The yellow ones look like little balls of yellow cotton! My fave is that yellow centered light lavender one.

Tyra in Vaxholm said...

Great stuff Chandramouli, I love your informative and creative posts.

Take Care Tyra


Lovely flowers!

Anonymous said...

My Chrysanthemums are gone too :( Eagerly waiting for them to bloom again.
Our trip to Nagercoil was fantastic and we were surprised to find it raining heavily over there. I fell sick (fever, Low BP) after reaching Chennai and just recovered. I have finally started off with my Vegetable garden. :)

Chandramouli S said...

Thank you, Tyra. I try :) Have a great weekend.

Raji Muthukrishnan: Thank you, Ma'am :)

Ally: Hi, been quite sometime. I understand how sick climate changes make you. I remember that every time I used to travel between B'lore and Chennai (when I worked there 2 years ago) during weekends, the climate changes drove me crazy.
Nice to hear that your trip was awesome and hey, good luck wit your veggies. I'm waiting for your updates.
Take care.

Anonymous said...

Farewell beauties! Mine don't bloom until around September or October. Thanks for all the interesting info & history on these wonderful perennials.

Chandramouli S said...

My pleasure, Racquel :) They should start giving out buds by August here when the Summer departs.