Nine of my dahlias are still in a holding pattern but five plants have produced blooms so I think I can officially declare dahlia season open. The majority of my dahlias didn't show up until September last year so at least the season looks brighter this year, even though I lost several tubers along the way.
Dahlia 'Calin' was the first of my plants to produce buds but, as they began to open in late June, I found that the flowers were malformed. After treating the ant and aphid infestation I discovered and discarding the distorted blooms, the plant has recovered.
|'Calin' is a bush-type dahlia with smaller blooms than most of those I grow but it's very floriferous|
|Back view: I used Corokia stems to support the rest of the plant material|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Kaleidoscope', Alstroemeria 'Claire', Antirrhinum majus 'Double Azalea Bronze', Corokia x virgata 'Sunsplash', Dahlia 'Calin', and Grevillea 'Poorinda Leane'|
'Enchantress' started blooming en masse at the end of last week, earning it a place in a second arrangement.
|In a stroke of luck, the 'Benary's Giant Purple' Zinnias I grew from seed bloomed on the heels of Dahlia 'Enchantress'|
|I used a few short foxglove stems and 3 stems of the paler Daucus carota that self-seeded in my back border to dress up the back view|
|Clockwise from the upper left: Abelia grandiflora 'Edward Goucher', Daucus carota 'Dara' (aka wild carrot), Digitialis purpurea (foxglove), Dahlia 'Enchantress, and Zinnia elegans 'Benary's Giant Purple'|
Last week's Delphinium stems held up surprisingly well. The remnants of that arrangement ended up on our kitchen island.
|The Delphinium florets are now tinged a lavender-pink rather than their original vivid cobalt blue. The white Lisianthus (Eustoma grandiflorum) is also a holdover from last week.|
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