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AROUND THE SQUARE
Wednesday, November 11, 2009 • Posted November 11, 2009

Topaz.

Now there’s a gem of a gem.

November’s birthstone.

And Mason’s own indigenous rock.

You might find one at Country Collectibles.

Or Benjie’s.

Maybe in Underwood’s Antique Mall.

Or Market Square.

Or Whipperwheel.

For sure Gems of the Hill Country has some.

You can also see a big one on display at Mason Square Museum.

And Country Collectibles.

Topaz.

It’s a beauty.

Mum’s the word.

As in chrysanthemum

Official flower for November.

Try saying that three times.

Chrysanthemum chrysanthemum chrysanthemum.

See what I mean?

Mums is so much easier.

Mums do well in pots.

Try Mason Garden Market.

Nice, too, in arrangements from Striegler’s Flowers.

Or The Petal Patch.

Or stick one in the ground.

Mums look just like Fall.

Deep russet red blooms.

Orange, gold, yellow.

Spider mums are regular mums gone wild.

Like fireworks exploding in your vase.

Chinese cultivated chrysanthemums as a flowering herb.

Back around the 15th Century B.C.

(That recently, eh?)

They called the plant jù or pinyin.

And made chrysanthemum tea which not only tastes good but aids in recovery from influenza.

Studies prove the stems and flowers contain medicinal properties such as anti-HIV-1, antibacterial, and antimycotic.

The pulverized flowers convert into a natural insecticide that deters mosquitoes, among other insects.

The chrysanthemum plant even reduces indoor air pollution.

Ah, the wonder of it all.

Chrysanthemum made its way to Europe in the 17th Century A.D.

I wonder what took so long.

Linnaeus named it after the Greek chrysous meaning “golden” and anthemon meaning “flower.”

And from then on, chrysanthemums have blossomed in the Western world.

Now for a nice cuppa Hanyu Pinyin.

That’s Mason.

Renee Walker is a poet, writer, and real estate broker on the Square.

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