Chrysanthemum was without doubt the byword at the North Carolina Arboretum last October. Stumbling upon the spectacular floral display during a brief stopover, my husband and visiting friend found it almost impossible to pry me from the exhibit hall. All three of us photographers; however, only one known as Flower Lady.
Southwest of Ashville near the Blue Ridge Parkway, the 435-acre botanical garden and Arboretum nestled in the Pisgah National Forest. One of the most botanically diverse and beautiful natural settings in the United States. Always under active development, 65 acres of cultivated gardens, including a unique bonsai collection, stretch across the area. http://www.ncarboretum.org/
North Carolina Chrysanthemum Society’s annual presentation showcases hundreds of these beloved autumn blooms, varying in sizes, shapes, and colors. The exhibits judged by Accredited National Chrysanthemum judges and the Society’s strict standards. http://ncmums.org/
Last year’s Welcome to the World of Chrysanthemums was a sweet surprise for this photographer.
A member of the Asteracea (Compositae) family, the chrysanthemum (dendrathema) is related to dahlias, sunflowers, marigolds, zinnias, and cosmos. The bloom which appears as a single flower is actually hundreds of flowers called florets. Two kinds of florets are present in a single bloom, disk florets and ray florets. On a daisy type chrysanthemum the outer parts are ray florets and the center or eye is composed of disk florets. For ease of identification, the National Chrysanthemum Society divides bloom forms into 13 classes. Colors and color combinations include just about everything except black and blue. (brochure)
Photos often don’t do these stunning blooms justice. True!
Going on a BlueRidge Parkway autumn foliage tour this year around October 20-21? Why not stop by the North Carolina Arboretum for an immersion into the world of chrysanthemums.
Several of my humble artistic mum creations can also be seen on the initial slideshow at http://www.corinthrose.com
Thanks for viewing my floral Show N’ Tell.