Autumn's setting in on the hill here, very windy today! If you've not quite had chance to dig your scarf out from the back of the drawer, don't worry! September's Flower of the Month is here with luxuriously warm tones for instant autumnal vibes.
Chrysanthemum bloom in almost every colour you can imagine, but at this time of year, Fuego is our favourite. It's golden underside unfurling into a fiery red, it's the best of everything the season has to offer.
Symbolism of Chrysanthemum
The flower stands for health and happiness. Great for cheering you up if the change in weather has given you the sniffles!
Origin of Chrysanthemum
Chrysanthemums originate from China and Japan and has been incredibly popular in Asia for centuries. From around 1700 we could also enjoy this golden delight in Europe. Wild & Wondrous can now obtain them sustainably from growers in Britain and Holland. The chrysanthemum’s name derives from the Greek: chrys (gold) and anthemon (flower). The flower’s original colour was a rich golden yellow.
Shapes and colours
Chrysanthemum are anything but boring! Many think them old fashioned but there is now a truly wide colour palette available. Interiors can now be given a warm glow with the colours gold, bronze or dark orange tones, and shades of green are also very popular. Or opt for subtle and calm using chrysanthemums in shades of white, soft pinks or purple. If that wasn’t enough choice, there are also many different flower shapes: from single to double flowered, and from spider to pom-pom shapes.
Chrysanthemum are great value. These flowers have a very long case life and can last for up to 2 to 3 weeks! Follow these tips to keep your flowers fresher for longer:
Select a clean vase and fill it with tap water at room temperature.
Add cut flower food to the water for a longer vase life.
Make sure there are no leaves hanging in the water.
Cut or trim the chrysanthemums’ stems diagonally by 3 to 5 cm with a clean, sharp knife or secateurs.
Regularly top the vase up with tap water and change the water every 2 to 3 days.
Don’t place chrysanthemums in a draught, in full sun or near central heating or near a fruit bowl. Fruit emits ethylene gas which will cause the flowers to age more rapidly.
See our Autumnal creations below for great seasonal colour palettes and texture. All are available now in our Online Shop. Do you think the Chrysanthemum has had it's day or do you love it's lasting impact? Find us on Facebook and let us know!