Won’t you have a seat? The show is about to begin. The curtain rises with the sun, as the stage slowly illuminates with the incremental increases in candlepower.
Above: Dahlia ‘Mystic Spires’ with Dahlia ‘Gallery Singer’ behind
It is September, which means the Dahlia ssp. are coming into their most ravishing bloom period until they are struck down by the late October frost. We don’t want to miss a single moment of this show.
Above: Dahlia ‘Mystic Spires’ with cosmos stem in front
Above: Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’
The filler that seems to best enhance the dazzling diva Dahlias is the selected through the years yellow cosmos from a mixed packet of Cosmos sulphureus. They are stunning supporting players, weaving and bobbing in and around the propped Dahlias.
Above: Dahlia ‘Gallery Cobra’, Dahlia ‘Gallery Singer’ and yellow Cosmos sulphureus.
There is something special about these Dahlias, besides their depth of color and radiant beauty. They have been in the ground of this raised box bed filled with chopped leaves and composted manure year round, some of them for several years, in our USDA Zone 7a Southeast Tennessee climate. The two Dahlia ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ are newly planted this spring from exceptionally large tubers that were ordered from Old House Gardens. Next year a few more tall ones should be added to fill in with ferny foliage and dusky blooms. I might go with the dark Dahlia ‘Atropurpurea’.
Let us sit in the blue chairs and enjoy the show, for there is an occasional surprise in this arena…
…That is not to be missed.
Please check out the September flowers in bloom from around the world that can be found at Carol’s place, using her handy dandy Mister Linky listing.