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A Guide to Specific Flowers, N-Z

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A Compendium of Infomation About Specific Kinds of Popular Flowers 

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A Guide to Specific Flowers, N-Z




American Daffodil Society

Daffodils - Google Search

Daffodils - Wikipedia

Narcissus - Google Search

Naricssus - Wikipedia

Northern California Daffodil Society

"flower arrangement:
just two yellow daffodils,
the first to bloom"
-  L.A. Davidson, The Shape of the Tree  

"I didn't know what narcissism was until I beheld my own narcissus."
-  Charles Kuralt  




Linda's Orchid Page 

Orchid - Google Search

Orchid House

Orchid Mania's Virtual Greenhouse

Orchid Safari

Orchid - Wikipedia



Color plate from Ernst Haeckel's Kunstformen der Natur





Peony - Google Search

Peony - Wikipedia 

"The peony
Made him measure it
With his fan"
-  Issa

"made to measure it
with a fan...
the peony"
-  Issa

"The way in which the peony is considered as the active source of the measuring of itself is not merely good psychology, but shows us how Issa looks upon the plant world and upon himself.  Compared to that of the ordinary man, human beings and plants are much closer together in the thought-feeling world of Issa.  The flower stands there in its color and glory.  It does not bloom to be seen, nor does it wish to blush unseen.  It is not dependent upon man, but neither is it independent of him.  Its purposeless purpose is fulfilled in its blooming in solitude and silence, yet when no one is gazing upon it, it has no shape or color or fragrance.  The flower needs the mind, and the mind needs the flower for its fulfillment.  Issa emphasizes the power and activity of the peony not only because we live in an egocentric, homocentric world, valueless and unpoetical, but also because he wishes to bring out the special nature of the peony, its power and magnificence, its lofty splendor.  Is this splendor in the flower?  Does Issa cause the flower to be measured, or does the flower cause Issa to measure it?" 
-  R. H. Blyth, Haiku, Volume 3, Summer-Autumn 




Poppy - Google Search

Poppy - Wikipedia





American Primrose Society

Primrose - Google Search

Primrose - Wikipedia

"Through primrose tufts,
in that sweet bower,
The periwinkle trailed its wreaths;
And 'tis my faith that every flower
Enjoys the air it breathes."
-  William Wordsworth




The Rhododendron Page 

Rhododendron - Google Search

Rhododendron - Wikipedia




American Rose Society   Information, programs, facts, links, FAQ.

Canadian Rose Society    Information, links.

FireLadys' Roses and Flowers

Ken's Rose Garden Photos 

The Old Rose Advisor:  Brent C. Dickerson

Old Roses and English Roses.   By David Austin.

100 English Roses for the Amercian Garden.   By Clair G. Martin.   

The Ortho Rose Garden

A Pennsylvania Rose Garden

The Perfect Rose Webring 

Rose Gardens: Around the U.S. and World  (Thanks to Jessica Lee's students, 8/2012)

Roses for American Cottage Gardens.  Articles by Lloyd Brace.

Roses - Google Search

Roses - Ted Bissland

Roses - Wikipedia

The Roseraie at Bayfields   A full featured commercial site.

The Stuart Graham Thomas Rose Book.

World Federation of Rose Societies

Yesterday's Rose    Superb photographs, extensive bibliography, and links. 

"Every rose is an autograph from the hand of God on his world about us.  He has inscribed his thoughts in these marvelous hieroglyphics which sense and science have, these many thousand years, been seeking to understand."
-  Theodore Parker

"Won't you come into my garden?  I would like my roses to see you."
-  Richard Sheridan

"I haven't much time to be fond of anything . . . But when I have a moment's fondness to bestow, most times . . . the roses get it." 
-  William Wilkie Collins 

"Life is like a rose . . . More exquisite and precious, when shared with others."
-  Jane Oechsle Lauer  

"The Rose is gowned in petaled grace and lovely beyond telling;
She always lifts a friendly face, regardless of her dwelling.
Her golden silence can express to us, no matter where, joy shared;
Give solace in distress from those who fondly care. 
The Rose has ways of saying things we much delight to hear;
without a spoken word, she brings and keeps our loved ones near."
-  Laura S. Beck

"I'd rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck."
-  Emma Goldman

"True friendship is like a rose: we don't realize its beauty until it fades."
-  Evelyn Loeb   

"A garden of roses is a fragrant piece of heaven.  A garden without roses is a sorry thing."
-  Matthew A. R. Bassity

"Are we, finally, speaking of nature or culture when we speak of a rose (nature), that has been bred (culture) so that its blossoms (nature) make men imagine (culture) the sex of women (nature)?  It may be this sort of confusion that we need more of." 
-  Michael Pollan, Second Nature, 1991 

"The world is a rose; smell it and pass it to your friends." 
-  Persian Proverb

"God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December."
-  James Matthew Barrie, (1860-1937)

"Tis better to buy a small bouquet
And give to your friend this very day,
Than a bushel of roses white and red
To lay on his coffin after he’s dead."
-   Irish Proverbs  

"But ne'er the rose without the thorn."
-  Robert Herrick  

"A Rose is a rose is a rose."
-  Gertrude Stein  

"Footfalls echo in the memory
Down the passage which we did not take
Towards the door we never opened
Into the rose garden."
-  T.S. Eliot, Four Quartets

"Compare the silent rose of the sun
And rain, the blood-rose living in its smell,
With this paper, this dust.
That states the point."
-  Wallace Stevens

"You love the roses - so do I.  I wish
The sky would rain down roses, as they rain
From off the shaken bush.  Why will it not?
Then all the valley would be pink and white
And soft to tread on.  They would fall as light
As feathers, smelling sweet; and it would be
Like sleeping and like waking, all at once!" 
-  George Eliot, Roses 

"Observe this dew-drenched rose of Tyrian gardens
A rose today.  But you will ask in vain
Tomorrow what it is; and yesterday
It was the dust, the sunshine, and the rains."
-  Christina Rosetti   

"The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose,
But the theory now goes
That the apple's a rose,
And the pear is, and so's
The plum, I suppose,
The dear only knows
What will next prove a rose,
You, of course, are a rose -
But were always a rose."
-  Robert Frost, 1875-1963 

"The roses under my window make no reference to former roses or to better ones; they are for what they are; they exist with God today.  There is no time to them.  There is simply the rose.  It is perfect in every moment of its existence."
-  Ralph Waldo Emerson

"They are not long, the days of wine and roses:
Out of a misty dream
Our path emerges for a while, then closes
Within a dream." 

-   Ernest Dowson, 1867 - 1900  

"What's in a name? that which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet."
-  Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet 

" 'Tis the last rose of summer
Left blooming alone:
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone."
-  Sir Thomas Moore

"And if you voz to see my roziz
As is a boon to all men's noziz, -
You'd fall upon your back and scream -
'O Lawk!  O criky!  it's a dream!'"
-  Edward Lear, 1885   

"The rose is called the queen of flowers,
Surrounded by her sisters fair,
A lovely throng of beauties rare,
She holds her court 'mid summer bowers,
'Neath smiling skies of sunny blue,
Gayly they bloom the summer through
Brightening all the golden hours. "
-  Hattie L. Knapp




Tulip - Google Search

Tulip - Wikipedia

"A lonely tulip
Dying on the dirt filled road
Never waking up"
-   Allison Borowick 




African Violets 

African Violets Online

African Violet Society of America

International Violet Association 

Violet - Google Search

Violet - Wikipedia

"I smelt the violets in her hand and asked, half in words, half in signs, a question which meant "Is love the sweetness of flowers?"
-  Helen Keller



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