the most important date on the calendar is Mother’s Day, and hopefully, you’ve all got something special organized to celebrate this great day with mum and the family.
Now Mother’s Day is not a new thing, it dates back to the ancient annual Spring Festival, the Greeks dedicated to maternal goddesses, they use the date to honor Rhea wife of Cronus, a mother of many of Greek deities, then the ancient Romans got in on the act, and has been celebrated across the globe ever since.
I’ve traveled across the country to Flora plant in Perth, to keep mum happy and find out what’s new in the world of Krissi’s, now Mother’s Day just isn’t Mother’s day without chrysanthemums, which have an interesting and long history with significance in many cultures, the name chrysanthemum comes from the Greek words Chrysos meaning gold, with anthemum meaning flower, they have been cultivated by the Chinese dating back as far as 1500 BC, as a flowering herb for medicinal culinary and ornamental purposes, they are still used to make tea.
They were introduced to the Japanese by Buddhist monks around 400 AD, and the Empress loved them so much they sat on chrysanthemum thrones, there are around 40 species mostly from the Eurasian region, giving chrysanthemums for Mother’s Day is a far more recent addition, most likely started commercially due to the mum in the end of the chrysanthemum.
Chrysanthemums are some of the most beautiful flowers on earth, with all sorts of spectacular colors shapes and sizes short of a smile on mum’s face.