I am also thinking about what to get my Mum for Mother’s Day … and the answer is of course: flowers! There is no doubt that they are the perfect gift for such a lovely person in your life.
Being that chrysanthemums are the signature flower for this occasion, I thought it would be best to look at the different varieties and colours available so you know what to ask for at your local florist when ordering. And remember to order in advance, it is the biggest and busiest day of the year in the flower calendar!
These are the big ones, the big blooms with one large flower per stem. The chrysanthemum plant usually produces side spray flowers, but when the plant is young, these buds are removed leaving one long stem that produces one large flower. All the energy from the plant is directed into the bloom which grows to the large size, on average 10cm diameter. Hence the name dis-bud.
Locally grown varieties are available in beautiful natural colours such as white, cream, yellow, mauve, gold, pale pink and mid pink.
The brighter colours that you may see around the place, like hot pink and blue, are chrysanthemums that have been dyed. Look how amazing these blue beauties are! Something different to give Mum.
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Pom Pom Chrysanthemums
Petals of the disbuds can differ, some have tight petals, some have loose petals and some have curled petals. People often mistake disbud chrysanthemums for dahlias and vice versa, as they do look similar. There is a variety of disbud chrysanthemum with tight petals that form a distinctive ball shape that has been affectionately named pom pom chrysanthemums. They literally look like flower balls. Whenever I am working with them my kids are fasinated by their shape and so am I!
Available in only a few colours mainly white, pinks and mauves, these are proving to be a unique and popular choice for bridal bouquets also. As you can see when teamed with other soft petalled blooms like sweet peas and ranunculi they give a beautiful textured contrast.
Spider chrysanthemums are another popular disbud variety, aptly named becasue their long thin petals give a spikey appearance or look like the legs of a spider. These are very unique and distinctive looking chrysanthemums, perhaps not loved by all, but I quite like the green ones.
Now to smaller sized chrysanthemums, daisy chrysanthemums. These cute little flowers have been garden favorites, loved by generations. They love the sun and bloom in summer and autumn and are available in a huge range of colours.
These stems produce several flowers and they are very hearty and have a strong distinctive scent. Great in the garden and great as a cut flower, either as a simple bunch on their own or scattered through a mixed arrangement.
Finally there is the very cute, very sweet, little button chrysanthemums. Most people would be familiar with them having seen the lime green ones that tend to standout in any flower arrangement. They may be small, but they pack a punch!
There are other colours of button chrysanthemums available including whites, yellows, pinks and mauves. How pretty do they look here in this seasonal bouquet by Aphrodite’s Weddings, Mum would just love them.
Another great reason to buy fresh chrysanthemum flowers for Mum is because they are a very long lasting bloom, often you can get up to two weeks from these impressive flowers, so that’s great value! They are simple and easy to condition at home, just strip the leaves from the bottom half of the stem (the part of the stem that will sit in water), recut the stems on an angle and place in a clean vase of water. Try and refresh the water every few days and enjoy! Happy Mother’s Day to all, I hope you all get brekkie in bed, even if it’s cold coffee and burnt toast! Xx