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A Guide to Specific Flowers, A-M

Facts, Quotations, Poems, Lore, Verses, History, Sayings, Cultivation, Varieties, Links, Reading
A Compendium of Information About Specific Kinds of Popular Flowers 

Flowers A-M     Flowers N-Z    

Agapanthus     Calendula     Camellia      Carnation    Chrysanthemum

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Geranium     Hibiscus     Hollyhock     Hostas     Hyacinth     Iris    

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Guide to Specific Flowers, A-M




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

Ian's Chrysanthemums 

"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 scholars."
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 King Tut?

"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 

"flower arrangement:
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.

"What grows in the garden, so lovely and rare?  Roses and Dahlias and people grow there." 
-  From the TV show A Gardener's Diary  







Daisy - Google Search

Daisy - Wikipedia

Asteraceae, Sunflower




Echinacea - Google Search

Echinacea - Wikipedia




Foxglove - Google Search

Foxglove - Wikipedia





Wouter's Fuchsia Site 

Fuchsia - Google Search

Fuchsia News 

Fuchsia - Wikipedia 




Geranium Culture 

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



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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 Page


Iris - Wikipedia

The Magic of Irises.   By Barbara Lawton. 

"Thou art the Iris, fair among the fairest,
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 dove;
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

"Lone and erect, beneath light's primal flood,
A lily!  and pure as any one of you."
-  Mallarme  

"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 folds,
Ye ardent Marigolds."
-  John Keats




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