During the month of November, LanSu—our wonderful Chinese garden— puts on a display of the culturally significant Chrysanthemums. In China these marvels in all their configurations are known as one of the “Four Gentlemen of Flowers”, along with their brethren plum, orchid, and bamboo. More on the rather hokey albeit apt name “Mumvember” event here. (Trust me – a much nicer pastime than that silly name might indicate.) Of course the mums aren’t the only reason to visit. This time of year, the garden is ablaze in fantastic foliage color, and some trees and shrubs offer up colorful fruits. If it rains, you will get the additional benefit of sparkle – it’s just a gorgeous place to visit any time of year! But, as I took far too many photos of November’s glorious floral abundance, I felt compelled to split my photos up, and save some for another post. Don’t worry – there is enough here to bore even the most ardent reader.
I think this is the more astringent type of Persimmon than the one you can eat right off the tree. There is a way to dry these that will render them sweet and delicious. It’s a Japanese method called Hoshigaki which I wrote about here, if you’re curious.
This is a miniature Pomegranate, small enough to grow in a large pot. The blushing fruits stand out beautifully against the yellow fall foliage.
Should have paid closer attention to the ID of this tree. Its mottled bark looks stunning against the white stucco wall.
This one I know. In my world, you can never go wrong with a Crape myrtle!
But, fab as it were, we weren’t here to look at fruit and bark. An abundance of mums were beckoning from the other side. This is such a sweet shot of my mum-in-law (sorry!) who accompanied me on this adventure. Nothing like flowers to bring out a smile!
There are apparently mums of all shapes, colors, and sizes. In that regard, they remind me of Dahlias.
Such a scrumptious coral color!
These rusty ones were almost metallic!
I have a thing for green flowers. I always appreciate these. I like the size of them too – they are much smaller than most of the others.
In contrast, this giant creampuff of a flower is a bit over the top. I do love the way its petals curve, though, and its octopus tentacles.
Per the LanSu event description, these flowers can come as: “…. spiders, quills, spoons, regular incurves, irregular incurves, reflexes, semi-doubles, anemones, brush, thistle, exotics…” Yup, I can totally see how one can get lost in Chrysanthemums. There were reportedly more than 75 varieties on display. I thought these pink ones looked so good against the blushing Nandina behind it.
Such a great red!
Love the curlicues on this one.
An arrangement of fluffy white mums in the first courtyard, as an indicator of what lays ahead.
Quite a bit sloppier arrangement than the white one, as these flowers seem just randomly stuck in the vase, but it caught my eye, and somehow I liked it.
A lovely bonsai was on display in one of the inner courtyards. This artform is so intriguing to me, but I’ve never tried my hand at it. I think I’m far too scatterbrained to be able to keep something like this alive—no less looking this good.
This one blew my mind! Knowing how huge Wisterias get, and how quickly they grow, I found the kind of discipline I imagine would be needed to keep something like this in check, mind-boggling.
Just look at that impressive trunk!
I just couldn’t get over the calligraphic quality of this form. Absolutely beautiful – like one of those ancient Chinese ink brush paintings.
I will let that fabulous piece of living art end this part, and also end this year’s Thanksgiving weekend. Hope you all had a good one. More to come!