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Posy Palette: Chrysanthemums

Mums the Word!

Mum’s the Word!

It wouldn’t be October without mentioning Kiku: The Art of the Japanese Garden opening tomorrow at The New York Botanical Garden.  It’s one of our favorite exhibits and it really showcases the chrysanthemum in a whole new light.

Aerin - Alvaney Loafer

Aerin – Alvaney Loafer

C. Wonder - Crystal Fan Earrings

C. Wonder – Crystal Fan Earrings

Growing up in Europe, mums were somewhat shunned in our house since they’re symbolic of death (i.e. they’re often used at funerals and to decorate graves) so we never really got to appreciate their ephemeral beauty.

See by Chloe - Ellipses Silk Crepe

See by Chloe – Ellipses Silk Crepe

Chrysanthemums have quite the opposite reputation in Japan where they’re celebrated during The Festival of Happiness (National Chrysanthemum Day), one of five ancient festival days in that country.

Dash & Albert - Mums Stripe Rug

Dash & Albert – Mums Stripe Rug

Kim Seybert - Ikat Pillows

Kim Seybert – Ikat Pillows

And it would only be natural to give mums on Mother’s Day like they do in Australia – mums for mum, how sweet!

Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

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  • Reply The Enchanted Home October 4, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Sounds like fun! The colors are so gorgeous and uplifting…..maybe will take my mom when she comes into town, that would be right up our alley! Enjoy the day.

  • Reply Jeanne McKay Hartmann October 4, 2013 at 10:36 am

    Such pretty fall colors. This time of year I almost always have mums in the urns in my front yard. We’ve been out of town for a couple weeks and when we left, dahlias and sunflowers were everywhere. Now it’s all mums all around. I love watching the seasons transition through flowers. Happy Friday!! XOXO

  • Reply pretty pink tulips October 5, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    I had no idea that mums had such a varied history and appreciation! Love that they are given to Mums in Australia!!

    I really need to use my membership at the NYBG and go see this visit!!!!

    Hope you are enjoying a relaxing weekend!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply Stephanie @ La Dolce Vita October 5, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    beautiful! we have lots of lovely mums this month thanks to our local Boy Scout sale!

  • Reply Teresa @ Splendid Sass October 6, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Aww…I love mums! My mother loved to receive them for Mother’s Day, so I gave her mums and lilies!
    The pillows are fabulous.
    Happy Sunday.

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