|The bees weren't happy when I pilfered the best of the remaining blooms Dahlia 'Enchantress' had to offer|
|I added one last bloom of Dahlia 'Hollyhill Karen Lee' and dark pink Zinnias to flesh out the arrangement|
|Top view: I took all my photos again this week in our unfinished kitchen, currently covered in drop cloths as the remodel crew has been painting that half of the house|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Enchantress', Cuphea 'Starfire Pink', Zinnia elegans in dark pink tones (probably 'Benary's Giant Wine'), and Tanacetum parthenium (I neglected to take a close-up photo of Dahlia 'Hollyhill Karen Lee')|
After looking at the latest blooms on Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill', I decided it was time for him to go too. The increasingly slender stems can't hold up 'Otto's' heavy head.
|Dahlia 'Labyrinth' wanted to be part of this last hurrah as well|
|I also used Zinnias to fill out this vase|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill', Coprosma 'Fireburst', C. 'Plum Hussey', Dahlia 'Labyrinth', Leptospermum 'Copper Glow', and more Zinnia elegans|
If it doesn't get too hot, I'll dig up the dahlia tubers this week. As Dahlia 'Punkin Spice' is still producing big beautiful blooms, she gets a temporary reprieve but the rest will either be prepped for storage or jettisoned into the compost bin. 'Enchantress' is definitely a keeper, as are 'Otto's Thrill' 'Terracotta', and 'Hollyhill Karen Lee' (as well as 'Punkin Spice' when she's ready to go). 'Labyrinth' and 'Diva' may get added if I can find the storage space. 'Labyrinth' isn't the color I expected and 'Diva', while gorgeous, had a very short season. 'Bluetiful' and 'Citron du Cap' are pretty but both were poor producers so I'll give the space they occupied to new tubers next year.
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