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We have a new slideshow with the year’s biggest findings from the Pew Research Center. Click through it to learn more about the trends shaping our world, including the attitudes of the middle class, the millennial generation, the falling birth rate, new American demographics, political beliefs of Americans, Internet and technology use and the changing journalism landscape.
Questioning the network: The year in social media research
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The best ever list of lists.
“The library is every child’s lighthouse. It is every person’s sanctuary. It is every town and county’s fortress in the face of ignorance, intrusion and bad behavior.”
- Amy Bloom
It’s Sunday, a great day to read the books you picked up at the library yesterday!
Fall Beauties Prized in both China and Japan
Highly regarded in ancient Chinese culture, they were one of the “four gentlemen” in the world of flowers, along with plum blossoms, orchids and bamboo.
You know, I’ve never thought of chrysanthemums (“mums” to many gardeners) as little gentlemen, but I’d be willing to bet the foursome would make an admirable Tumblr illustration.
In any case, this write-up does a fine job of shining a light on the history of the flouncy flowers, skipping along between their use as herbal remedies in ancient China and through to the Japanese “ozukuri” we know so well at the NYBG. The chrysanthemum may be so much more than gold these days—hybridization tends to alter the traditional—but it’s nonetheless a classic.
You’ll find fall’s chrysanthemum display popping up in the Perennial Garden and the Home Gardening Center this year, with more to come in the way of Kiku later on. —MN