dahlias

Gorgeous Dahlias — Divas of the Flower World.

Posted by on Oct 16, 2014 in My Blog | Leave a comment

They steal the show.

It isn’t hard to understand why Dahlias are called the Divas of the flower world.  They’re vibrant, astonishingly beautiful blooms.

 

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They don’t hold back.

Today, I invite you to take a moment to look into the face of a Dahlia. Once a wound up ball, it unapologetically opens when it’s time to open. It doesn’t hold back. It unfurls with flair, revealing its vibrancy and rareness.

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What if all the Dahlias refused to open?

What if all the Dahlias decided to remain in their tightly wound balls? What if they decided blooming was too risky? What if they worried they wouldn’t be perfect?

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I know I could take a lesson from the Dahlia.

We could all take a lesson from the Dahlia. When we’re most tempted to stay tightly wound, maybe it’s really time to let go and unapologetically open up and let the world revel in our gorgeous uniquity.

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Be a diva today.

Be your own unique self. Don’t worry about being perfect. Don’t deprive us of your beauty. Be inspired by a Dahlia and open up and let us see your beauty.

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“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
 
—-from A Return to Love, by Marianne Williamson.
If you like the paragraph, you’ll love the book…! (AMAZON.COM)

 

 

Dahlias: I think I’m in love.

Posted by on Sep 12, 2013 in My Blog | Leave a comment

I’m having a little fling with Dahlias this week.  Have they been hiding behind other flowers all summer or did this beauty just appear as summer winds down?  I’m not sure, but right now I’m entranced.

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Photo by Karen Harbin

Not knowing this flower well, I went to the library and did a little research.  (Yes, an actual physical library!) They’re indigenous to Central America and were brought to Madrid in the late 1700s.  The Spanish had a hard time with them as they assumed they were a tropical flower and kept them warm.  It was the Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl who figured out they didn’t mind the cooler weather, and since then these tubers have thrived.  There are now hundreds of varieties of Dahlias, ranging from structured symmetrical wonders to more rangy varieties.

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The impressionist painter Claude Monet was a Dahlia lover and grew them in abundance in his garden.  Monet’s 1873 painting The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner in the Garden with Dahlias) was one of many paintings of Dahlias.  You can get a copy at fineartamerica.com.

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The Artist’s Garden at Argenteuil, Claude Monet

He’s not the only Dahlia lover.  There are Dahlia Societies all over the world.  Check out The American Dahlia Society to find out if there’s one in your area.  Lots of information and tips about Dahlias at that site.

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Dahlias at Longwood Gardens, September 2013

 

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Dahlias at Longwood Gardens September 2013

 

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Photo by Karen Harbin

 

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Photo by Karen Harbin

The Language of flowers, floriography, says a Dahlia symbolizes elegance and dignity.  When you look at a Dahlia, that’s an easy one to understand.

Care tips:  Dahlias should be planted in the spring.  They appear mid-August (mystery solved with a little research!) until frost.  You can either leave the plant in the ground and let it die and buy new ones in the spring.  Or you can dig up the tubers, store them over winter, and plant them when the weather warms up.

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