Saturday, November 08, 2008

Longwood Gardens

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In fall, the story at Longwood is mums.

According to Longwood’s brochure, “During the Chrysanthemum Festival, mid-October through November 23, more than 20,000 colorful, blooming chrysanthemums flourish in the palatial Conservatory.”

The showiest part of the mum display is “A Thousand Blooms.”

“A Thousand Blooms. The dramatic Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum is one of the highlights of traditional Japanese chrysanthemum exhibitions. A single plant is trained to form a perfect dome of hundreds of flowers, each the same size and blooming at the same time.”

Mums trained into domes, balls, cylinders, sheets, arches and topiaries defy gardening logic. The "single plant" thing is what blew me away. During training, the plant is allow to go limp in order to bend the branches.
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Single specimens, as well as beds of mums, colored the displays everywhere.
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In a greenhouse off the main display, signs explained the classifications of mums. Spider mum and spoon mum were two among the many gorgeous examples.

There is so much to see at Longwood. It will take another post to cover the plants that are not mums.

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(Compare Longwood Christmas display posted December 5, 2007 or enter "Longwood" in the search box at the top of this page.)
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4 comments:

Morning Glories in Round Rock said...

I just love mums. Here in Central Texas, that and pumpkins are about all we have to signal the arrival of Fall. Longwood Gardens does an amazing display--I would love to visit there someday. In the meantime, thanks for the tour!

MARIE said...

Thanks for your comment Morning Glories.

I'm always a little giddy when I visit Longwood. The displays are so over-the-top that I run around in a plant frenzy.

BTW you have the best and cutest bee in your garden! Thanks for sharing the picture.

Chandramouli S said...

Ah the mums - a beautiful work of nature! Oh how I wish we had such exhibitions and displays here [sigh]...

MARIE said...

chandramouli,

Thanks for stopping by.

We don't often see a spectacular display of mums like Longwood. We are very fortunate to have these gardens nearby.