Kiku is the krazy art of forcing multiple blooms from a single stem. Not a culture known to do things by half measures, the traditional JapaneseÂ practice is taken to ceremonial extremes in the display currently showing at theÂ New York Botanical Garden,Â whereÂ hundredsÂ and hundreds of chrysanthemums areÂ simultaneouslyÂ bloomingÂ in handmade wooden containers. At first glance you think, how nice, a carpet of pretty mums. But look a little closer and you’ll discover those 412 blossoms are sprouting off a lone stalk that’s been nipped, tucked, trimmed and tied to a complex framework. It’s a bit like the botanist’s answer to foie gras: aesthetically stunning and eerily fetishistic.