Dahlias, September’s Plant of the Month

For some reason I don’t take a lot of photos of Dahlia flowers and I don’t have any drawings of them either.

But when I wandered past this particular garden in Naramata I went a bit nuts. pink dahlia in NaramataThe owner was very pleased to show me around and gave me all the names, most of which I have forgotten.pink dahlia in NaramataIt was just after a rain so they all had water drops on them.pink dahlia in NaramataI have to admit that I have trouble telling a Dahlia from a Chrysanthemum from a Zinnia. Dahlias grow from tubers and Zinnias from seeds. Chrysanthemums have lacier leaves and are more likely to have a strong distinctive scent. These were in the same garden and I have labelled the photos ‘Naramata Mums’. The bush was in the shape of a ball about five feet wide, and the flowers so abundant I couldn’t even see the leaves.pink Mums in a Naramata gardenpink Mums in a Naramata gardenpink mums in NaramataDahlias do vary quite a bit in appearance. I only know this one is a Dahlia because the label says so!Dahlia: Bishop of Llandaff LabelThese are two photos of a Dahlia in my garden, although it appears I don’t have the same knack with Dahlias as the lady in Naramata.Purple DahliaPurple Dahlia in SeptemberDahlias known as ‘Dinner Plate’ Dahlias are as big as our heads up on the BC Coast – two other private gardens where the gardeners know what they’re doing. The bottom shot was in Richmond on an allotment; some of the flowers had umbrellas over them to shade the delicate blossoms and my friend told me that the woman grows them to enter into garden shows.Dahlias as big as my head on the Sunshine Coast of BC A dahlia as big as Al's head in Richmond of BCMore on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Flowers or Fun.

 

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