Lindera: First two photos are from before the night when temps dropped to 18 degrees (it never reached it's red phase completely). The next 3 are after.
Yes, one plant is pruned and branches trained onto metal frames, like this lovely blushing pink spider mum, to create globes like the one in #3
I've always been smitten withspider mums. It's extraordinary what breeders have helped create.
Did you know that the chrysanthemum is the national flower of Japan since before the 8th century. Japanese chrysanthemum experts have taught the art of training and displaying mums in artistic shapes around the globe. Each of these forms is created from one individual plant. Image 6 is composed of 100 cultivars granted into a single plant. #7 is a shield form created from one anemone type--#8 is a closeup of the flowers
Finally catching up on the dozens of photos from my visit to Longwood's chrysanthemum show. Which means some mum spam is on its way. The first 3 are exhibition mums, what we used to call football mums when I was a kid, since they were used as school homecoming corsages. This first one makes me think of a mop head Muppet.
Every now and then, an extraordinary moment interrupts a trip to the store.