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Agapanthus - Wikipedia
Agapanthus - Google Search
Calendula - Wikipedia
Calendula - Google Search
British National Carnation Society
Camellias - Google Search
Camellias - Wikipedia
The International Camellia Society
Carnation - Google Search
Carnation - Wikipedia
"To win the trophy of enchanting grace:
Ranks of Carnations, to all ladies dear,
Of whose sweet taste I write approval here,
For these pre-eminent myself I think,
As long as you don't overdue the pink."
- Ruth Pitter, 1897-1992, Other People's Glasshouses, 1941
National Chrysanthemum Society
"The Chrysanthemum, the Flower of Happiness, was so
revered that in Japan
only the nobles could grow it. It has been grown for over 2,000 years all
throughout in the Far East. It has come to mean love and truthfulness.
We may see it carved on the throne of the Emperor of Japan
and on many Chinese artifacts."
- Flowers: Myths, Legends and Traditions
"The chrysanthemum, also known as the "Autumn Flower", is
one of the four "honourable plants". The others are plum, orchid and bamboo
which are symbols of nobility. In most ancient essays and poems, writers use the
terms "jade bone, icy body, pearl petal and red heart" to describe the flower.
For on cold autumn days, when all other flowers were fading away, only the
chrysanthemum was able to flourish in the cold winds. The combination of beauty
with strong character made an ideal personality in the eyes of romantic Chinese
- Chrysanthemum - Flower of Honor
"Fair gift of Friendship! and her ever bright
And faultless image! welcome now thou art,
In thy pure loveliness--thy robes of white,
Speaking a moral to the feeling heart;
Unscattered by heats--by wintry blasts unmoved--
Thy strength thus tested--and thy charms improved."
- Anna Peyre Dinnies, To a White Chrysanthemum
"What kind of flowers do you give to
"Just as the peony represents richness and grace, the chrysanthemum, which
blooms in the cold days of late autumn and early winter, represents nobility and
elegance. The flower comes in several varieties but originally the
chrysanthemum was just a small yellow flower that has been dated back to 5000
BC. After generations of cultivation, the number of varieties grew rapidly. In
the Chrysanthemum Book of the Song Dynasty (960-1279), 35 varieties were noted
but by the time of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), the number had risen to 136. In
Li Shizhen's famous book, "Ben Cao Gang Mu", finished in the Ming Dynasty
(1368-1644), more than 900 varieties of chrysanthemum were listed. Today more
than 3,000 varieties are blooming in China."
- Chrysanthemum Flowers
"When, lo! I mark a little way apart
The sovereign glory of this waning year
That now, alone, unheralded hath come,
In gorgeous robes - alas, my fickle heart
Forgets the dead, and laughs that she is here,
The royal queen of fall, Chrysanthemum."
- Albert Bigelow Paine
"As we watch the summer days depart
And the painted leaves in silence fall,
And the vines are dead upon the wall;
A dreamy sadness fills each heart,
Our garden seems a dreary place,
No brilliant flowers its borders grace,
Save in a sheltered nook apart,
Where gay beneath the autumn sun
Blooms our own Chrysanthemum. "
- Hattie L. Knapp, Chrysanthemum
American Daffodil Society
Daffodils - Google Search
Daffodils - Wikipedia
Northern California Daffodil Society
That come before the swallow dares, and take
The winds of March with beauty."
- Shakespeare, Winters Tale, Act IV, Sc. 3, Line 118
"A host of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze."
- Wordsworth, I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom"
- L.A. Davidson, The Shape of the Tree
"Daffy-down-dilly came up in the cold,
Through the brown mould
Although the March breeze blew keen on her face,
Although the white snow lay in many a place."
- Anna Warner, Daffy-Down-Dilly
"O fateful flower beside the rill—
The Daffodil, the daffodil!"
- Jean Ingelow, Persephone
American Dahlia Society
Dahlias in BC
Dahlias - Google Search
Dahlias - Wikipedia
Doing Dahlias Colorado Dahlia Society.
grows in the garden, so lovely and rare? Roses and Dahlias and people grow
- From the TV show A Gardener's Diary
Daisy - Google Search
Daisy - Wikipedia
Echinacea - Google Search
Echinacea - Wikipedia
Foxglove - Google Search
Foxglove - Wikipedia
Wouter's Fuchsia Site
Fuchsia - Google Search
Fuchsia - Wikipedia
Geranium - Google Search
Geranium - Wikipedia
International Geranium Society
"Science, or para-science, tells us
that geraniums bloom better
if they are spoken to. But a kind word every now and then is
really quite enough. Too much attention, like too much feeding,
and weeding and hoeing, inhibits and embarrasses them."
- Victoria Glendinning, Green Words, 1986
Hibiscus - Google Search
Hibiscus - Wikipedia
The Tropical Hibiscus
Hollyhocks - Google Search
Hollyhocks (Alcea) - Wikipedia
Hostas - Google Search
Hostas - Wikipedia
Hyacinth - Google Search
Hyacinth - Wikipedia
"If of thy mortal goods thou art bereft,
And of thy meager store
Two loaves alone to thee are left,
Sell one, and with the dole
Buy hyacinths to feed thy soul."
- Sheikh Muslih-uddin Saadi Shirazi, The Gulistan of Saadi, 1270
"The grape Hyacinth is the favorite
spring flower of my garden - but no! I though
a minute ago the Scilla was! and what place has the Violet? the Flower de Luce? I cannot decide, but this I know - it is some blue flower."
- Alice Morse Earle
American Iris Society
Gardener's Guide to Growing Irises. By Geoff Stebbings.
Iris - Google Search
Iris - Wikipedia
The Magic of Irises. By Barbara Lawton.
"Thou art the Iris, fair among the
Who, armed with golden rod
And winged with the celestial azure, bearest
The message of some God."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Iris
"In the Spring a livelier iris changes on the burnish'd
In the Spring a young man's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”
- Alfred Lord Tennyson
"Since Iris is the Greek goddess for the
Messenger of Love, her sacred flower is considered the symbol of communication
and messages. Greek men would often plant an iris on the graves of their
beloved women as a tribute to the goddess Iris, whose duty it was to take the
souls of women to the Elysian fields."
- Hana No Monogatari: The Stories of Flowers
Lavender - Google Search
Lavender - Wikipedia
Lilac - Google Search
Lilac (Syringa) - Wikipedia
"Cavalier and foreign bred,
Quite a catch but never wed,
Monsieur Lilac looks astute,
Tall and regal in his suit.
He bereaves me of all words,
Matters not, quite how absurd,
In his bowtie and silk cape
Of respectful, deepest grape ...
Pervading me like a musk,
Possessing me dawn 'til dusk."
- Susan Crowe, French Lilac
Bills Hemerocallis: Daylily Page
Daylilies Growing on the Information Highway
The Daylily Place
Friends of the Daylilies
Gardener's Guide to Growing Lilies. By Michael Jefferson-Brown.
Lily - Google Search
Lily (Lilium) - Wikipedia
"When you have only two pennies left
in the world,
buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other."
- Chinese proverb
and erect, beneath light's primal flood,
A lily! and pure as any one of you."
"Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow; they neither toil nor spin;
yet I tell you,
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these."
- Bible, Matthew, 6:28-29
"The lily was created
on the third day, early in the morning when the Almighty was especially full of good ideas."
- Michael Jefferson-Brown
Marigold - Google Search
Marigold (Tagetes) - Wikipedia
"Open afresh your rounds of starry
Ye ardent Marigolds."
- John Keats
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