(and our FIRST ever giveaway)
ahhhhh…the dahliaaaaaahhh, I swoon for this bloom. If you have a 2010 Snow & Graham Wall or Desk calendar then it is time to turn the page to March and enjoy this featured floral. I cannot help myself but stop and marvel when they are blossoming in neighboring gardens or available at the farmers market in late summer.
I think it is in part because they are so varied in their many forms and most of the time you’ll find them in my favorite floral shades of pink, coral, red, orange, blush, “black” or creamy white. Dahlias can be soft and drapey but you’ll also find pom pom varieties that have a rigid spherical structure. All of these qualities inspired our graphic interpretation of this awesome blossom. Certainly they are romantic and they have drama, but then they can be so demure. Just one of the voluminous Dinner Plate variety is a flower arrangement all on its own.
+ According to the Japanese Language of Flowers the dahlia symbolizes “good taste”
+ The dahlia is the national flower of Mexico
+ They can measure as small as 2 inches and up to 1 foot in diameter
+ Christopher Columbus returned to Italy with, among other things, dahlia tubers
+ Named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl
+ To dream of dahlias is a sign of good fortune
+ Ancient Aztecs used dahlia tubers as a treatment for epilepsy
now for that giveaway….
Each year in March we are hard at work on the calendar for the following year. As we have been working on our 2011 Calendar Collection the studio is full of opinions and suggestions. Everyone takes a vested interest in which design will be featured on their birthday month. If I were to celebrate my half birthday, then I would be quite pleased to celebrate with Dahlia. Would you? What image would you like to see on your birthday month? Leave a comment to this post with your name and check back on March 15th. We’ll draw a name and send out a bundle of Dahlia cards to the lucky winner.
**thank you for all of the wonderful comments – for a 2011 Calendar sneak peek and the winner click here**