Chrysanthemum … please, no …!

Always, in these last days of October, the Chrysanthemum is to be seen everywhere in France. Earthen-ware pots filled with chrysanthemums stand outside florist shops and in our supermarkets and at the gates of our cemeteries. When I first came to live here I wondered what this was all about, what was this with the […]

Always, in these last days of October, the Chrysanthemum is to be seen everywhere in France. Earthen-ware pots filled with chrysanthemums stand outside florist shops and in our supermarkets and at the gates of our cemeteries.

When I first came to live here I wondered what this was all about, what was this with the French and the Chrysanthemum.

Well, here in France it is the flower of death, and it being All Saints Day on Sunday and the Day of the Departed on Monday, the French put pots of Chrysanthemums on the graves of their ‘Departed’. (I use the word ‘departed’ here because that of ‘dead’ is too final.)

I hate this flower. I will never buy it.

The name comes from chrysous (golden in Greek) and anthemon (flower in Greek).
Therefore the chrysanthemum is the golden flower.

It was first cultivated in China in the 15th century and arrived in Europe in the 17th.

Feng Shui enthusiasts believe that to have it in the home brings happiness and laughter to that home. And of course it is the national flower of Japan.

Its flower is also considered a cure for influenza. Swine flu comes to mind here, but no, I still do not like this flower.

And I will never like it.

I will not have it in my home.

Marilyn Z. Tomlins

One Response to “Chrysanthemum … please, no …!”

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    Jo Says:

    Funny, I like Chrysanthemums, especially the really big cultivated flowers. You see them all over the place here too, nothing to do with the departed but just decorating homes and gardens, etc. No-one uses the full name here though, they are always known as Mums.

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