Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Chyrsanthemum Tea Flowers - Ju Hua
This morning, I looked out of our kitchen window and noticed a peculiar patch of white in the back garden. I went out to investigate and noticed that my chrysanthemum tea plants were flowering. With this year's fall growing season coming to an end, I had all but forgotten about them.
Those of you who've been reading my blog for a while now will remember that earlier this year, I was cursing these plants. After years of searching, I was able to order four cuttings from an online nursery last February. Unbeknownst to me, they were infested with green aphids, which soon spread to the rest of my spring starts. I was at my wits' end trying to manage the outbreak. It was experience I would never want to wish upon another gardener.
I will admit that seeing these flowers helped to ease some of the bad blood between me and these plants. Then again, I can appreciate anything that blooms this late in the year.
While harvesting the flowers to dry into tea, I was struck by the intense fragrance of the blossoms. Hopefully the end result will smell just as good.