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September 25, 2020

It isn't often that Aunt Dahlia lets her angry passions rise, but when she does, strong men climb trees and pull them up after them ~ P.G. Wodehouse, Right Ho, Jeeves

The most famous Dahlia in English literature is surely the beloved aunt of Bertie Wooster in P.G. Woodhouse’s classic novels.
IMG_9975_20-09-25_Broken_Clock_Vodka_Dahlia.jpg Likened in appearance to star of the silver screen, Mae West, she is described as short, solid and reddish in colour; not unlike the bloom which this thirsty bee is flirting with.

Dahlia is Wooster’s favourite aunt but she can be a woman to be reckoned with and when provoked her bellowing voice is like someone ‘shouting across ploughed fields in a high wind’.

Her botanical namesake is just as striking and resilient, with stocky flowers which are a commanding presence in the flowerbeds and will flower for months, weathering the Autumn winds until the first Winter frosts.

They were a favourite flower of another of England’s most formidable women – Queen Victoria – so it’s no surprise that during her reign over the British Empire the Dahlia came to represent inner strength, creativity, elegance and everlasting union.