During May there is a very special day in Australia, Mothers day! This Sunday, May 8th, make sure YOU thank YOUR mother for all that they have done for you 🙂 In tribute to all the Mum’s out there I thought for this months ‘From the Vault’ I would feature part of a post I wrote in the ‘My Gardening Story’ series which was looking at Chrysanthemums. When I think of Mothers Day I think of Chrysanthemum’s because these were something we grew a lot growing up and my Mum loved them! They also grow really well at this time of year and make a really good gift if your mother is into gardening. So, with that in mind, here is my post on Chrysanthemum’s.
My feature plant today is the chrysanthemum. Wikipedia says that the “Chrysanthemum , often called mums or chrysanths, are a genus of about 30 species of perennial flowering plants in the family Asteraceae, native to Asia and northeastern Europe.” In Australia they are very popular because they flower right around Mothers day, making them a great flower to give to your mum on that special day.
We often had a whole garden full of different species of chrysanthemum right out the front of our house. When they were in bloom every visitor would be greeted with a great display of colour, a great way to be welcomed to our home. We generally got 3-4 flowering seasons out of our chrysanthemums before having to replace them with new plants.
If you are looking for good cottage garden-style plants, both of these are good choices. Just remember, impatiens can be a little difficult (but then in the right place prove to be one of the easiest plants I have grown) and much prefer shade to beaming sunlight. The best varieties to go for in Australia are those native to Papua New Guinea and surrounding areas.