Did you know that the Dahlia is the national flower of Mexico? The Aztecs handled teaching the world about Dahlias. The spectacular modern Dahlias that we love to incorporate into our floral designs are indigenous to the Mexican and Guatemalan mountains.
The Spanish conquistadors learned about them when they came to conquer the Aztec Indians. When they weren’t fighting, they amused themselves by discovering the impressive range of plants that grew in the area. Dahlias weren’t introduced to Europe until 1789.
We aren’t sure when they came to America (or more specifically, to the United States.) American Garden writers were writing about the majestic flower in the 1840s. In the 1870s, a new dahlia variety was introduced to the world — the cactus dahlia.
In 1927, a man by the name of F.F. Rockwell suggested that dahlias were the most popular bulb grown in all of America. He referred to them as the leading bulb.
Houstonians are fortunate to live in a climate where Dahlias are hardy enough to stay in the ground all winter. The Farmer’s Almanac says that they’re hardy in USDA hardiness zones 7 through 11. We love the diversity of sizes and shapes that dahlias come in. Our Finders Keepers arrangement is a perfect example of how well they blend with other flowers in a Houston flower garden. These spectacular cut flowers go well with the combination of roses, larkspur, daisies, Gerbera daisies, and lilies. You can see the beautiful big dahlias nestled among the other summery flowers.
Send that special someone a secret message through dahlias. The practice of communicating through flowers was a huge trend during the Victorian Era. We love the fact that vestiges of that delightful practice remain today. Dahlias suggest elegance. They are also a sign of eternal commitment. Not surprisingly, they’re used in wedding bouquets because a wedding is a celebration of the beginning of that eternal commitment.
Dahlias also convey sentiments of enduring grace. If you want someone to know that you’re sharing deeply meaningful blessings with them, dahlias are THE flower to send. Dahlias are symbols of creativity, inner strength, and a commitment to spiritual values. In numerology, Dahlia represents the number 1. If you embrace Eastern spirituality, the Dahlia represents the third eye and the crown chakras.
Don’t wait to show someone how committed you are to enduring love. Deliver your message with dahlias. Our team of Breen’s Florist floral designers are always delighted to help people share messages through flowers, and dahlias are one of our favorites.