With apologies to Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for not managing to get this Sunday vase online before Tuesday! But do follow the link for some lovely vases …
Finally, finally, there are some dahlias … they were all potted up in the greenhouse in March and then refused to grow for the rest of the summer.
These are in my Long Border and are my new favourites – gorgeous dark-foliaged ‘David Howard’ is definitely top of the list now.
‘Nicholas’ had to be purchased because I loved the apricot colour and it’s my husband’s name … (I refuse to purchase the virulently coloured clematis, ‘Mrs. N. Thompson’ …) The flowers are much bigger than I expected – I thought they’d be a neat little decorative type, like ‘David Howard’, but they are much looser and twice the size.
‘Thomas Edison’ did sprout in the end, in spite of my worst fears. The combination with ‘Nicholas’ can only be described as ‘interesting’. These purple dahlias can be hard to handle, can’t they …? Although ‘Thomas’ is less old-lady ‘I-will- wear-purple …’ than many.
For the very first time this year, I am feeling a growing dread at the thought of winter (normally I enjoy it, being a winter baby).
Perhaps it’s because the October weather has been so perfect and warm, although often misty here in the morning, with the river casting its spell up from the bottom of the valley.
Apparently it’s been the hottest October on record in France.
Let me know what your favourite dahlia is called … I’m always looking for more to drool over.