Quotes - Dahlias

Dahlia quotes by topic: Women and dahlias, Dahlias features, Gardening and dahlias, Autumn and dahlias, Men and dahlias, Flowers and dahlias, Literature and dahlias, Fragrance and dahlias, Sun and dahlias, Happiness and dahlias, Death and dahlias, August and dahlias, Attitude to dahlias, Chrysantemums and dahlias, Bloom and dahlias.

Women and dahlias

Dahlias are hard to find, which is like a good woman, hard to find, but a treasure when you do. (Hank Garner)

My advice to the women of America is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias. (William Allen White)

She sat a little apart and watched the autumnal flame of dahlias in the garden, and the dreaming, glamorous harbour of the September sunset. (L.M. Montgomery)

I like flowers as much as the next woman, but I can’t tell a dahlia from a daisy. (Julia Spencer-Fleming)

She is the brilliant dahlia, the pride of the gay parterre; but my Edith is the modest daisy blooming in some sheltered nook. (Effie Afton)

The women of the people all wore flowers in their hair, a dahlia or a marigold, whether their hair was black or gray. (William Dean Howells)

She is surrounded by stalks of dahlias, orange and yellow and pale red, with leaves so big you could write your life story on each one. She looks like a flower in the garden, just like her mother said. (Alice Hoffman)

They danced till daylight; and when the sun arose, Miss Virginia was like a rose amongst faded dahlias and sunflowers. (Isabel Burton)

Vera knew how many pistils and stamens were in a dahlia, but she did not understand the significance of the Reformation and did not have a general view of the life of nature. (Dmitry Pisarev)

Dahlias features

Known by the Aztecs for its medicinal properties, the dahlia was first described in the 16th century. (Daniel Lacotte)

There truly aren’t enough words to describe the exquisiteness of dahlias. It’s little wonder that they represent dignity and elegance. (Heather Webber)

Dahlias are the symbol of beauty, wealth and prosperity. Like attracts like. Dahlia attracts prosperity. (Amit Ray)

Dahlias were long bloomers (Nellie had even seen them survive an early frost) and signified an unbreakable commitment between two people. (Karma Brown)

I sent you a flower which has just been acclimatized here: it is a new dahlia from Mexico. What is curious is the structure of the small branches, deeply grooved in a way to bring rain to all parts of the plant. (Prosper Mérimée)

The dahlias sleep in the empty silence.
Wait for the early owl. (T.S. Eliot)

Gardening and dahlias

There is nothing like the first hot days of spring when the gardener stops wondering if it’s too soon to plant the dahlias and starts wondering if it’s too late. (Henry Mitchell)

Why may not dahlias be kept in the soil? (Henry Ward Beecher)

I ordered 20 pots to support my dahlia obsession. I already have many but, well, I have gone quite far this year. (Niamh Shields)

The many varieties and wonderful colors of the modern dahlia make it a totally different flower from the one our grandmothers knew. The names are descriptive of the different varieties, and as there are so many of them, and they bloom from early in June or July until frost, a garden of dahlias might be very interesting. (Helena Rutherfurd Ely)

I will dig up my dahlias with a garden fork and take them inside where I will lay them out to dry, dirt and mud intact, so a protective skin forms on the outer layers of the tubers. In April I will move them to a warmer area to come back to life, and bring their eyes to the surface. (Viola Shipman)

Quotes about gardening

Autumn and dahlias

She looks out at the autumn’s yellowed leaves, at dahlias and asters which hang their heavy heads on broken stalks. (Selma Lagerlöf)

Early nip of changeful autumn,
dahlias glimpsed through garden doves… (John Betjeman)

My heart is a garden tired with autumn,
Heaped with bending asters and dahlias heavy and dark,
In the hazy sunshine, the garden remembers April,
The drench of rains and a snow-drop quick and clear as a spark; (Sara Teasdale)

The dahlias are still resplendent in
bright colors on the garden fence,
as if autumn didn’t concern them,
as if they still had a long time to come. (Christa Kluge)

Quotes about autumn

Men and dahlias

Then there was some talk about the dahlias of the captain, who would not let his friends depart till he had exhibited every one of them. (Gustave Flaubert)

I have never married, I have always lived quietly, and, apart from my interest in dahlias, I have no hobby. For those reasons I found myself agreeably excited by my mother’s funeral. (Graham Greene)

He walked out into a different city, one that was perfumed by the last dahlias of June, and onto a street out of his youth, where the shadowy widows from five o’clock Mass were filing by. (Gabriel García Márquez)

He wears a slate frockcoat with claret silk lapels, a gorget of cream tulle, a green lowcut waistcoat, stock collar with white kerchief, tight lavender trousers, patent pumps and canary gloves. In his buttonhole is an immense dahlia. (James Joyce)

Flowers and dahlias

The flowers didn’t have to be dahlias and roses either, but just the weeds blooming in the fields, the daisies and the yarrow. (Wendell Berry)

Better a daisy in earth than a dahlia cut and gathered. (Arthur Hugh Clough)

The sweeping lawns and gardens of the Estates were bright with scarlet sage, dahlias and early autumn flowers. (Josephine Chase)

The torchlit garden was redolent with the colors and scents of autumn… gold and copper foliage, thick borders of roses and dahlias, flowering grasses and beds of fresh mulch that made the air pleasantly pungent. (Lisa Kleypas)

Quotes about flowers

Literature and dahlias

If poems had souls they would look like pink dahlias. (Beryl Dov)

I do wonder if, in those books back yonder, I ever said sunflower, dandelion, dahlia, fuchsia, or daisy. (Francis Bail Pearson)

…flower garden we are especially reminded of Dickens’s love for flowers, the China-asters, single dahlias, and zinnias being of exceptional brightness. (William Richard Hughes)

As a boat is the aged poet
As a dahlia the storied poem,
Dahlia! Dhalia! that Delilah linked. (Max Jacob)

Fragrance and dahlias

Sumichrast showed us some dahlias—the flower which would be so perfect if it only possessed a perfume. (Lucien Biart)

Other flowers, devoid of fragrance, were distinguished by their lush beauty, such as, for example, the cold beauties of camellias, multi-colored azaleas, Chinese lilies, Dutch tulips, huge bright dahlias and heavy asters. (Alexander Kuprin)

Fat and rich flower, around you no
Aroma floats, and the serene beauty of your body
Unrolls, dull, its impeccable chords. (Paul Verlaine)

Sun and dahlias

The sun was no more than a discolored dahlia in an unfathomable hair. (Marcel Jouhandeau)

The heat was terribly oppressive, and the huge sunlight flamed like a monstrous dahlia with petals of yellow fire. (Oscar Wilde)

Coquette of the Belle Epoque, dazzling in her finery, the flower with a hundred skirts makes fun of the sun which still woos her… (Jean Vuaillat)

Quotes about sun

Happiness and dahlias

If you observe a really happy man you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son, growing Double Dahlias in his garden. (David W. Wolfe)

Let the alchemists of horticulture seek and seek again, let them set ever further and further back the limits to their happiness! Let them offer prizes of sixty and of a hundred thousand florins to whoever will solve their ambitious problems! For me, I have found my “black tulip” and my “blue dahlia”! (Charles Baudelaire)

Death and dahlias

There it was: the blackened dahlias, the last to fall, prone in the field where death had got all things under his feet. (Henry Major Tomlinson)

The forest showered its peaks,
The garden bared its brow,
September breathed, and the dahlias
were burned by the breath of the night. (Afanasy Fet)

August and dahlias

In August, the dahlia fields were so flush with color that the cloudy days seemed brighter, and in autumn the apple and pear orchards were woven through with ladders and littered with overflowing bushels. (Ellen Herrick)

August is ripening grain in the fields blowing hot and sunny, the scent of tree-ripened peaches, of hot buttered sweet corn on the cob. Vivid dahlias fling huge tousled blossoms through gardens and joe-pye-weed dusts the meadow purple. (Jean Hersey)

Quotes about august

Attitude to dahlias

All Dahlias are beautiful in their own way! I love them because they have the most perfect symmetry and comes in a rainbow of color options. (Chantal Larocque)

Dahlias are stupid, with frozen flowers,
As if they were not created by living Nature… (Konstantin Balmont)

Chrysantemums and dahlias

In the autumn rich dahlias and pungent-odored chrysanthemums ended the sweet procession and closed the season. (Thomas Nelson Page)

The dahlias are no longer in stem, and frost has withered the chrysanthemums, but the air smells divine, like old leaves and wet bark, and ripe apples. (Lisa Kleypas)

Quotes about chrysantemums

Bloom and dahlias

Late-blooming dahlias and asters made spots of starry color in the green. (Inez Haynes Gillmore)

But dahlias, peonies and asters bloomed magnificently with their cold, arrogant beauty, spreading an autumnal, grassy, sad smell in the sensitive air. (Alexander Kuprin)

Quotes about bloom

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