The Rich History of Chrysanthemums

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

Did you know that those lush, colorful blooms called chrysanthemums are rooted in beliefs of human immortality and perfection? Todayrepparttar "mum" graces gardens, cut flower arrangements and even salads (yes mums taste great), but they were taken much more seriously after T'ao Yuan Ming started it all in China around 500 A.D.

Over long periods of careful cross-pollination and selection, he developed stunning varieties ofrepparttar 141184 flower and when he died, his birthplace was renamed Chuhsien. The City of Chrysanthemums. His efforts had produced a legacy that would bring pleasure to this world for centuries.

When China importedrepparttar 141185 first chrysanthemums to Japan,repparttar 141186 people there bestowed many honors upon them. The Japanese wrote legends. To sip dew fromrepparttar 141187 petals meant long life. To eatrepparttar 141188 flower meant immortality. Philosophers said thatrepparttar 141189 systematic opening ofrepparttar 141190 "ray" flowers symbolized bothrepparttar 141191 sun andrepparttar 141192 perfection of orderly life.

By 800 A.D.repparttar 141193 chrysanthemum had become so prestigious that only royal and noble families were permitted to cultivate it. Amongrepparttar 141194 highest honors that could be bestowed in Japan was admittance torepparttar 141195 Order ofrepparttar 141196 Chrysanthemum... a reward granted to nobility for service torepparttar 141197 Emperor.

In great contrast to this,repparttar 141198 "mum" didn't make much of an impression when traders introduced it to Europe inrepparttar 141199 1600s. But when in finally did catch on, it became one ofrepparttar 141200 most popular blooms for both flower shops and gardens.

How and When to Plant Roses

Written by Kathy Burns-Millyard

When spring comes andrepparttar ground is thawed, it is time to start planting your rose garden. Roses have been a cherished aphrodisiac since biblical times. They have been around for over 3000 years, yet they still hold a particular mystery and fascination, not to mentionrepparttar 141183 fact that they just look and smell good!

One ofrepparttar 141184 most important rules of growing roses is to plantrepparttar 141185 rose bush in an area that receives around 4 to 6 hours of sunlight every day.

It is preferable not to plant too many trees or other plants aroundrepparttar 141186 rose bush because most of these are likely to either mix withrepparttar 141187 rose or stifle it's growth. If you are replacing an old rose bush, approximately 1 1/2 cubic feet of old soil should be removed, and fresh soil added to replace it. When positioning your rose inrepparttar 141188 garden or landscape, considerrepparttar 141189 growth habit ofrepparttar 141190 rose.

For example, place climbers and ramblers along fences, trellises, or next to arches or pergolas. This location offers them free range of growth, and optimal potential forrepparttar 141191 showiest blooms.

Roses also look beautiful in island garden beds interplanted with perennials. Miniature roses make great edging plants in front of their taller cousins. Planted singly, shrub roses make excellent specimen plants or they can be clustered to make a flowering hedge. You can also use them to camouflage unsightly garden objects.

Dig a hole large enough forrepparttar 141192 root mass and loosenrepparttar 141193 bottom ofrepparttar 141194 hole. You should add bone meal, which is a slow acting source of phosphorus that leads to healthy root growth inrepparttar 141195 rose plant.

Thenrepparttar 141196 plant should be placed inrepparttar 141197 hole carefully andrepparttar 141198 hole refilled with soil, coveringrepparttar 141199 roots properly. Before makingrepparttar 141200 final covering, waterrepparttar 141201 rose plant and let it absorbrepparttar 141202 water. After this, waterrepparttar 141203 plant more and moundrepparttar 141204 soil about 6 inches high. The dome will keeprepparttar 141205 stems from drying out untilrepparttar 141206 plant is rooted. Gradually removerepparttar 141207 excess soil asrepparttar 141208 leaves open.

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