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Layers and shades of a flower…

Like an onion, Chrysanthemum flowers have many layers. Mum layers are lush petals. These Mums were cut flowers earlier this fall; I knew these less expensive cut flowers would last 10 days or more. The shades of white become greenish toward the center adding to their design complexity. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
The petals of Chrysanthemums are spoon-like as they turn slightly inward. Chicago nurseries sell “hardy” mums but they are rarely hardy enough to be truly perennial enabling them to survive Chicago harsh winters and return the following autumn. China is the homeland of Chrysanthemums yet the Imperial Seal of Japan is a Chrysanthemum. Read more here. Copyright 2022 Pamela Breitberg
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