Irregular Incurve Chrysanthemum x morifolium 'Susono-no-Hikari'

Irregular Incurve
Chrysanthemum x morifolium
‘Susono-no-Hikari’

This is the first yellow chrysanthemum with over 1400 blooms to be showcased at Longwood and the largest in North America

 The 2013 Annual Chrysanthemum Festival held in the spectacular indoor conservatory at Longwood Gardens just finished on Nov. 24.  It displayed a collection of over 20,000 blooming chrysanthemums.
Miracle of a Thousand Blooms

Miracle of a Thousand Blooms

The Miracle of a Thousand Blooms is the main showpiece everyone wants to see during the Chrysanthemum Festival.
Dedicated horticulturists train this chrysanthemum with wires.

Dedicated horticulturists train this chrysanthemum with wires.

The horticulture experts at Longwood Gardens have been to Japan to train in the technique of growing the Thousand Bloom. This mum starts from one single stem cutting and with diligent and patient training it grows to a blooming dome of a thousand equally spaced flowers. This process takes seventeen months and approximately 1,500 staff hours.
Single stem in the middle.

Single stem in the middle.

 Not all chrysanthemums are capable of being trained like this. Only a few cultivars will produce a thousand blooms.
Red Flame

Red Flame

Amazing detail.

Amazing detail.

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Longwood Gardens - Chrysanthemum Festival 2013

Longwood Gardens – Chrysanthemum Festival 2013

Special thanks to my friend Sue for taking and sharing such great photos.
Happy Thanksgiving to all today!
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Longwood Gardens is located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania

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