Thursday, November 10, 2016

Mum-vember, at Lan Su

Last year was the first time I visited Lan Su for Mum-vember. It was such a lovely day in the garden that I decided to do it again this year. Actual visit took place on Friday November 4th...

Since they're an autumn flower I prefer my mums in shades of yellow to orange. However the light was hitting the pinks and purples in such a way they begged to be appreciated.

I obliged.

What would you call this color? Dusty mauve? (ugh!)

Now we're getting into my preferred palette...

Am I the only one that sees little fists punching the light?

Such a wonderful morning spent strolling the garden.

A quick stop at the supermarket on the way home and what do I see? More mums.

Of course I had to purchase this coppery yellow bunch.

On to the mantle they went, accompanied by a yellowed Tetrapanax leaf , a few leaves from the Magnolia macrophylla, and bloom-spikes from my Mahonia x media 'Charity' .

Everyone should celebrate Mum-vember! We all need a little extra happiness right now...

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16 comments:

  1. The big mums are so cool and every fall I think it would be a good idea to go to a mum society sale in the spring and get a few of the exhibition plants but then spring comes and space is limitied. Your boquet is very cheerful!

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    1. As much as I love them I don't think I will ever want to grow them. The plants themselves are just not attractive to me. Thank goodness for the cut-flower industry!

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  2. Such beautiful photos of gorgeous mums. I must have inverse eyeballs from you. The yellows and golds don't thrill me, but I'm pretty crazy about the pinks....However, the spidery one with the rich salmon fading to yellow in the center has me mesmerized and enchanted. I do love the coppery ones you chose for your arrangement, which is artful and beautiful, as I have come to expect from things on your mantle.

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    1. Inverse eyeballs! I hope that isn't painful. I'm glad you enjoyed the pinks...I almost didn't include them!

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  3. I do love those spider mums - the few plants sold at our local garden center are very dull in comparison. They look great in your vase.

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  4. All the mums ate stunning. Love the way the vein on the Tetrapanex leaf picks up the copper of the blooms.

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    1. I am endlessly fascinated with those leaves. It's since turned a rich brown and started to crinkle up, which is providing an entirely different backdrop.

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  5. Such an enabler you are Loree ..I immediately went to Kings website to peruse the spider mums.I haven't grown mums in years, years and years in fact ! They always seemed to turn into yukky blobs if there were fall rains. But the drama ! I might be ready to give them another try. I think I'm going to need extra flowers for the next few years.

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    1. Good thing you have plenty of vases in which to put those flowers.

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  6. Love those spider mums. Your photos of them are so beautiful. I think I'd call that color apricot.

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    1. Apricot, much better than dusty mauve!

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  7. You're so right about the need for some "extra happiness" right now. What a depressing week, despite the sunshine.
    I better take myself down to Lan Su.

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    1. I hope you do, it's a beautiful time to be there.

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  8. Your arrangement is bold and strong. Gorgeous.

    Places sell mums here, but our autumn heatwaves destroy the plants pretty quickly, and then there are the caterpillars...

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  9. Mums must be difficult or something (at least the exotic ones). I never see anything but the supermarket variety for sale.

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