As fellow gardeners, I'm sure you can relate to seeing a plant (in someone's garden, on a website or blog, in a catalog, etc.) becoming obsessed with having it, tracking it down then being consumed with impatience for it to bloom.
Been there, done that, right??!!
That's exactly the "journey" I've been on with Dahlia 'Cafe au Lait' this year.
She's actually been on my "wish list" for THREE years before I finally remembered to order early enough to escape the devastation of having it "sold out."
I first saw 'Cafe au Lait' on Pinterest (of course) and immediately fell hard.
Small wonder the tubers sell out quickly, sought after as they are by brides, florists and gardeners alike.
That subtle, creamy blush of color ~ it speaks of innocence, elegance, allure, & femininity.
'Cafe au Lait' is a dinner plate dahlia and true to it's name ~ a full 8" across!
The more the buds open, the more "mocha pink" they become.
Making it readily apparent why/how it was named....
The next buds will be easier to photograph.
This first one bloomed only 3' off the ground, amidst the Monarda.
If you are looking for an exquisite bloom to add to your garden, don't think twice about 'Cafe au Lait' but don't make the mistake of waiting too long to order. Remember, demand is high!
and so is disappointment if you're like me, and don't get one right away....