This post marks what is probably the final farewell to the dahlias in my garden for this year. I've already pulled some and I've cut back others in preparation for storing the tubers for use next year. The dahlias I used as focal points last week have been trotted out again this week as they had presentable flowers. I changed up the accent flowers but that's about it.
|Top view: I played off the subtle touches of lavender in the the dahlia's petals in selecting its companions this week|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Angelonia 'Archangel White', Dahlia 'Iceberg', Ocimum 'African Blue Basil', Pelargonium peltatum (aka ivy geranium), Polygala myrtifolia (aka sweet pea bush), and Prostanthera ovalifolia 'Variegata'|
Dahlia 'Gitt's Crazy' still has some buds and, if they open later this week, I may cut them to give away but I expect I'll dig up the tuber before the week is out one way or another. It's time to move on and embrace the new season.
|'Gitt's Crazy' is hands down the most prolific bloomer in my crowd of dahlias this year|
|I threw in the last Dahlia 'Akita', drooping but still beautiful, and a single Dahlia 'Mystic Illusion' to dress up the back view|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Agonis flexuosa 'Nana', Dahlia 'Akita, D. 'Gitt's Crazy', D. 'Mystic Illusion', Nandina domestica berries; and Senna bicapsularis|
Dahlia 'Enchantress' produced her last blooms this week as well. I originally thought I'd toss them into the vase with 'Iceberg' but I wasn't excited about the combination, which means they went into the small vase of leftovers on the kitchen island.
|In addition to the last 2 blooms of Dahlia 'Enchantress', the vase contains a noID double-petaled Pelargonium peltatum, Salvia 'White Flame' and, not shown in closeup, Angelonia 'Archangel White' and Prostanthera ovalifolia|
I've planted bulbs and sown sweet pea seeds in two of the three raised planters in my cutting garden and have yet to clear the third raised bed or the barrels for replanting. At the moment, the only things left suitable for cutting there are zinnias in the 'Profusion' series, which for some odd reason haven't developed the mildew that led me to pull the larger zinnias weeks ago. Floral material may be in short supply for awhile.
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