My dahlias are gradually making progress, displaying more buds and a few more blooms, but it's a toss-up as to whether the blooms will beat out the progression of mildewed foliage, which is already developing in small amounts. After a nice stretch of cooler than normal temperatures last week, the heat returned for the Labor Day holiday weekend. We still haven't passed the 100F mark but we did reach 97F (36C) yesterday afternoon and, after three hot, dry days, the dahlias I'd targeted for for this week's arrangements were no longer looking their best. I tossed two blooms of Dahlia 'Cafe au Lait Royal' in the compost heap but I couldn't bring myself to toss out the blooms of Dahlia 'Gitt's Crazy' I'd been eyeing since the middle of last week.
|This was what Dahlia 'Gitt's Crazy' looked like in my cutting garden early Tuesday evening|
|Rather than toss all three of these blooms, I tidied them up by removing masses of the lower petals|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Corokia virgata 'Sunsplash' (aka variegated wire bush), Dahlia 'Gitt's Crazy', and Helianthus 'Candy Mountain'|
|'Enchantress' is a star. This is my third year growing the plant from divisions of the original tuber i purchased in 2019. The flowers aren't as large as the dinnerplate varieties but they're flashy.|
|Back view: I threw in bits and pieces of everything I could find that was looking good in my garden following the latest blast of heat|
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