Oleander Floral Design Blog — August

Dahlias

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Dahlias

 Sharing the limelight with Gladiolus this month, is the other birth flower for August, the delectable dahlia. Dahlia flowers come in a variety of colours, shapes and sizes and are beautiful and striking in their appearance. The colour range varies from white to a really dark burgundy, and they can even be found in black, although this is rare. Most of the black dahlias we see in gardens are actually more a dark burgundy than black. The generous flowering of this plant lasts all summer long, with dahlias usually blooming from June through to October.  Dahlias belong to the Asteraceae...

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Gladiolus - The Birth Flower for August

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Gladiolus - The Birth Flower for August

August’s bright, showy flowers capture the essence of sunny summer days and one that is particularly impressive, is the gladiolus. The birth flower for August, this tall spiky bloom is one of the most colourful, with flowers ranging from pink to light purple and white to orange. Unique in that its flowers grow from a tall spike fringed with sharp leaves, its nickname “sword lily” comes from its Latin name “gladius” meaning sword, and refers to the shape of its leaves. Legend has it that in Ancient Roman times, gladiators would fight in honour of the gladiolus flower. The victor...

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