Elegance and Dignity by Maree  Clarkson

W&N watercolour with Black ink pen in Moleskine 200gsm watercolour sketch-book

“My advice to the women is to raise more hell and fewer dahlias!”

Did you that flowers have their own secret code? All flowers have specific flower meanings, which symbolize one feeling or another. When giving flowers as a gift, you’ll likely want to take these flower meanings into consideration. Ranging from true love, to friendship, to gratitude, to goodbye.

In the Language of Flowers, Dahlia means:

• Elegance
• Dignity

Dahlias are native to Mexico and South America. Dahlias and chrysanthemums are closely related and often hard to tell apart. Dahlias have hollow stems, their leaves are smooth, usually with points, whereas chrysanthemum leaves are soft, with rounded edges. An individual Dahlia flower can have up to 300 petals. Dahlia Flower season begins in early spring and continues though summer into early fall, and there are currently 35 recognized species. Aztecs used parts of the Dahlia for food and medicines.

“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.”
— W. Beran Wolfe

  1. 16th August 2011 – FEATURED in Image Writing
    #28th December 2012 – FEATURED in Artists of Still Life

I am a watercolorist living on my little piece of African soil in Tarlton, Gauteng, South Africa. The inspiration for my art is the wonderfully rich variety of Fauna and Flora to be found throughout this beautiful country.
“There is a fine line between dreams and reality; it’s up to you to draw it.”

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  • Elizabeth Kendall
    Elizabeth Kendallover 3 years ago

    Yes that is true! I see elegance and dignity here! Wonderful!

  • Ha ha! Thanks Liz!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • almaalice
    almaaliceover 3 years ago

    Lovely image Maree. We have had such weird weather that our dahlias flowered alongside the spring flowers, died off and are now producing a second crop of buds. 2 for the price of 1 as the bargain stores say. Alma x

  • Thanks Alma. I haven’t planted Dahlias for ages, must really give it a go again… I think maybe I’m raising too much hell instead!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago

  • WOW Tammera, thank you for the feature, awesome!

    – Maree Clarkson

  • Tammera
    Tammeraover 3 years ago


  • Jay Gross
    Jay Grossover 2 years ago

    Congratulations. This work is Featured for 28th December, 2012, in the Artists of Still Life group.

    Jay (host)
  • Wonderful Jay! Thank you for the feature, much appreciated!

    – Maree Clarkson

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