Green chrysanthemum

Because in East, the chrysanthemum flowers in winter, it is regarded as a symbol of longevity, wealth and happiness. I read that putting a single petal in the bottom of your glass of wine is supposed to promote a long and healthy life. In Western art, the flower signifies decadence and death (DK Illustrated Guide to Signs & Symbols). I think I’ll go with the East on this one.


3 thoughts on “Green chrysanthemum

  1. I’d say I agree with you – the first interpretation is much more appealling. Lots of chrysanthemums are all over the place now in my city and they do look great. Regardless of the associations with the cemetery and funerals they somehow managed to gain presence in our everyday lives and are a wonderful reminder of the Autumn’s arrival. I often see those outside stores and restaurants, the kind that grows in large bunches of smaller florets.

  2. Catching up on your recent posts. Love your map! It must have been a good-sized yard to be turned into flats now. I don’t think I’d even want to draw an earwig. I don’t care for those things and I’ll go with you on the East for this flower!

  3. Funnily enough there is a new variety of chrysanthemum that was shown at the Hampton Court Flower Show. It is a deeper version of the chartreuse green you have used here and looks more stunning than the white and yellow varieties,

    Here in the southern hemisphere ‘chryssies’ are assoociated with grandmas and mother’s day – yet another way to view them, i remember as a child presenting my English born mother with them for a mother’s day and being told off because they represented death to her!

    The meanings associated with flowers seems to be deeply steeped into our consciousness.

    Thank you for a beautiful post – yet again!

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