How often I have heard the phrase "hardy mums." November is almost here, with my birthday, and I just learned that mums are the flower corresponding to November birthdays. Apparently its full name (chrysanthemum) translates as "golden flower".
I never knew of birth-month flowers until today, only of birthstones. With this new knowledge, the next time I see yet another pot of mums displayed outside a store, maybe I won't mind so much. This is especially so since I've learned there are quite a few varieties beyond the ones I usually see.
A few quick facts:
-- A natural insecticide is extracted from the seeds as pyrethrins.
-- The Chinese cultivated the plants in the 15th century BC.
-- It provides food for some butterfly larva.
Too bad my mom doesn't have these photos. She loves butterflies.
What would be my family's birthday bouquet for a year? Mum's the word in my family -- couldn't resist a pun.
Dad, and my brother: also mums
Nancy: gladiolus or calendula?
Want to find out your flower or the flower of someone you care about?
There's a list on flowerwower.com
butterflies in bloom
October is nearly over and mums are everywhere.