A Memory Plant

Newly open in the garden today is an old-fashioned chrysanthemum, a sweet pass-along plant from a dear relative many years ago.

This chrysanthemum has woody-stems about 3 feet tall, but they are not strong enough to hold the flowers upright once they begin to open. I try to remember to pinch back the buds, but am too inconsistent to ever learn if pinching would keep the stems shorter and the plant tidier. A nearby rose and its other neighbors provide some support, but admittedly the chrysanthemum sprawls quite a lot.

To many, these characteristics would seem not to recommend it, but I do enjoy having this plant in the garden.

The blossoms are small but abundant.


The deep lemon-hued petals pale toward white as they unfurl. The cheerful blooms are long-lasting indoors and here in the garden they should brighten the southwest border for weeks to come.


My garden is full of memory plants. Like having a visit from an old friend, I always am glad to see this chrysanthemum.

10 thoughts on “A Memory Plant

  1. pbmgarden Post author

    Thanks Cathy! That’s a fun idea to name after the person who gave the plant. It’s a nice way to remember special people. Any memory plants in your garden?

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Thanks Malc. You must have a few passed-along plants in your allotment or home garden as well as some you have passed on to others? I love that color too and believe it or not, as the flower ages, it eventually picks up some pinkish hues.

  2. Christina

    It is lovely the way a plant will remind you of a friend or relative or just a happy time the first time you saw it. Very nice colour combination. Christina

    1. pbmgarden Post author

      Gardeners are often so generous I’ve ended up with many nice plants and memories. And you’re quite right about how even the time when you see a plant can make a lasting connection. Enjoy your day!

  3. fredgonsowskigardenhome

    Your post makes me think soo much about my maternal Grandmother. She let her mums grow long. I remember seeing them kind of laying down on the ground, like a big bouquet. That was in the late 1960’s. Here at Whimsey Hill House, I have ALL of her peonies from her garden. When the phlox bloom, their smell brings me right back to her garden, in my mine. As I look across the different photos of plants for your posts, I see a lot of what you grow, also grows here in up state New York.

  4. pbmgarden Post author

    So Fred, I’m in good company with the chrysanthemums? I’m delighted to know your grandmother grew them this way too. What a wonderful connection to your Grandmother that you have her peonies! Phlox is one of my favorite, favorite flowers. Take care as this big storm approaches and be safe! Susie

  5. Alberto

    In a loved garden we never feel alone, do we? That plant received from a relative, the cuttings from a friend and so on. I also love sharing my plants with other people because it’s like leaving a little heritage to others.
    Love the colour of your chrysanthemum!


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