When springtime and summer comes to the Northwest, you see beautiful flowers throughout the little towns of the Seattle area. I"ll be sharing about many types of flowers as springtime approaches, but today, I'd like to show you some very pretty dahlias.
Dahlias grow very well in our area. We even have a Dahlia Society that you can join if you love dahlias and would like to meet with other gardeners who grow them.
Sometimes, the Dahlia Society will plant a dahlia garden in a grassy area of some place that normally might not have beautiful flowers....like a post office.
I love to go into this shop to look for yarn...especially when the Dahlia and roses are in bloom! I browse in the shop and then walk through the lovely garden next to it. Everyone in Linda's Knit and Stitch is very friendly and helpful. When my step-daughter and her adorable little one...our grand-daughter...visited from Florida, I took them to the yarn shop. Of course, we made lots of photos in the garden before going in to pick out her project. Once inside the shop, they were so sweet to help us find just the right "beginner's kit" for our grand-daughter.
There are so many types of dahlias...
It is hard to pick a favorite because they are all just beautiful!
You can see that each dahlia is staked. They also have markers which tell you the name of the flower.
From the very small to what they call "dinner plate" size.
Here are a few of the pretty roses in the garden.
Part of why the dahlias are staked is because the blooms can become quite large. The large blooms can become very heavy on the stems of the plants and droop. To help with this, and give support, the plants are attached to stakes.
The blooms come in a wide variety of petal configurations. I love the spiked petals on blooms such as this one in the next photo.
Notice how the tip is different color from the rest of the bloom.
All of these photos were taken during the last blooming season. The weather is still fairly cool here at the time of this posting--late March. The plants are just beginning to bud out and grow in our area. As this spring's blooms begin to open, I will make new photos and share them with you.
So, this is kind of tease of photos to come... As you know, an icon of our times, actress/humanitarian Elizabeth Taylor passed away yesterday--March 23, 2011--at the age of 79. She was a beautiful lady, a wonderful actress and supporter of many great causes. I am posting some beautiful flowers today to honor a beautiful soul. Ms. Taylor, you made the world a little better place by being in it. We will miss you...