What does Chrysanthemum mean to you?
It used to mean a drink to me.
It is common to find chrysanthemum tea in restaurants here.
Many people purchase the dried flowers from Chinese Medical Stores and boil them at home.
This concoction can be drunk regularly since it is refreshing and comes with many health benefits.
Chrysanthemums are popular in happy occasions like weddings and also usually the choice of flower used on tables arrangements during functions and events.
Chrysanthemums symbolize cheerfulness for some and yet it may be a symbol of death for others and displayed at graveyards.
Freshly cut Chrysanthemums are normally displayed in vases at Buddhist Associations.
The purpose is to remind all that everything is impermanent; just like the fragrance and the freshness of the flowers.
It serves as a reminder to value and appreciate the present moment.
One single item can have a positive or negative connotation depending on how we give it meaning.
Do you see anything wrong with the photo above?
Notice chrysanthemum flowers on lotus leaves?
I thought they look nice, blending well as if they belong there.
You see, one of my fish died in the lotus pot.
I asked this 10 year old boy if he could help me remove it.
5 minutes later, I found flowers all over the pot.
When questioned, he replied that he was offering flowers to the dead fish before removing it.
Actually I find him quite amusing.
Although I thought he decorated the flowers well, I asked him to remove them immediately ... after a few snapshots.
I do not know if those flowers contained insecticide and do not want to risk other fish dying too.
And so ... he removed all the flowers promptly ... except the dead fish.