(Photo & Arrangement by LotusHaus: Happy New Year - Bronze Football Chrysanthemum and Steel Grass Blades)
(Photo & Arrangement by LotusHaus: Ikebana for a Japanese Inspired Wedding)
If you are planning a fall wedding, I would like to share with you some wonderful information about using Chrysanthemums to add beauty and blessings to your wedding and your home! The following information is from Gwynne Warner of 10,000 Blessings Feng Shui:
Revered for its beauty and medicinal properties, the gorgeous and highly regarded yellow or golden chrysanthemum ("chu" in ancient Chinese) is rich both in color and symbolism. They make a most auspicious gift as well as a noble offering on an altar.The flower is symbolic with autumn; ease of life; longevity (such as life, luck, love or success); simplicity and perfection. Because it blooms out of autumn and right into the season winter, it also symbolizes the mediation between life and death and Heaven and Earth.
For Feng Shui purposes, it is full of super-powerful yang chi, and placing chrysanthemums in your home or office will immediately attract good luck! An auspicious day to pick chrysanthemums is on the 9th day of the 9th lunar month (which falls on October 26th this year). If you wish to receive rewards, success, fame, recognition, honor and bonuses, put a golden yellow mum in the Fame area (back middle) of the first floor of your home as well as the fame area of your office.
If you are in New York, go and visit the New York Botanical Garden's elaborate exhibit, "Kiku in the Japanese Garden" (Kiku = Japanese word for Chrysanthemum). This is the third and final exhibit of Chrysanthemum designs at the Botanical Gardens!