The Dahlias are at their peak and I still don’t have my camera back! I can try to describe them but really, a picture is worth everything here….Giant clear raspberry pink, pastel orange — 10 inches across! A huge deep red, a pink waterlily type with an orangey blush, a yellow cactus-flowered…And they grew! On September 6th I wrote that none of them were over 30 inches tall. I guess I have to take that back because some of the plants are now towering over my (5 ft) head. One of the reasons I love Dahlias is because they are so vibrant at a time of year when a lot of the garden is ending it’s display. If you walk by the west end of the greenhouse building, take a minute to enjoy them.
The other part of the Dahlia saga this year is that I don’t know the cultivar names, since the tubers were unlabeled (tho that’s part of the fun!) Searching the internet in an attempt to figure them out, I did find some beautiful pictures, but it’s still hard to say who ‘s who. I’m including a few pictures here and if anyone knows the names of these beautiful strangers, I’d love to hear from you.