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Chrysanthemum show in Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan

Captain's Log, Stardate 05.05.2009

My mom sent me an email with these photos. I was astounded! Then I read this article that explains why these pictures are even more amazing. These flowers are the result of months of training the plants, using a special Japanese method, all for just a couple weeks of blooming.

On a side note, My grandfather used to breed and show orchids and anthuriums. He kept them in the shade of his huge lychee tree. There were dozens upon dozens of pots of them. I remember my grandma watering the anthuriums for years after he died, keeping them alive. (My mom lurks on my blog sometimes--she might post about Grandpa's plants in the comments.)


  1. Beautiful flowers!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Aren't these pics cool? I didn't have time to put together something for Boy's Day, which is today, so I thought these flowers would be nice instead.

  3. these are cool! it's kind of like floriade in australia.

  4. Woah!!! I agree with southeastcountrywife, this is like the floriade in australia... but more impressive!

  5. Camy:
    Oh my gosh!!!! These are stunning!
    All that work for two weeks worth of blooms, huh? Is that kind of like writing a book?

  6. Who knew the humble "mum" could be so amazing? The variety and the design are incredible! TFS


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