the most prolific bloomer this season.
Beginning to flower in July and continuing even now!!!
I was attracted to the "star-shaped" blooms when I bought the tubers in early spring.
They have performed beyond my expectations. 'Honka Surprise,' with it's rolled petals, is another kind of dahlia I've never experimented with growing before (like the anemone dahlia, 'Floorinoor' from an earlier post.)
Although I love "new" plants, in some ways I'm not very adventurous. Once I find something I love, I tend to stick with it.
In previous years, with Dahlias, it's always been collarettes all the way. But, this year, different in so many ways, I've learned loyalty to one form has limitations.
I've decided to quit being "exclusive," & will definitely expand my horizons next season and try more varieties!
Most of the above photos were taken before September. Since then, the grasshoppers usually beat me to the blooms which makes it difficult to find an 8 petal blossom fully intact.
Oh, before I forget, I'm also happy to report we escaped the most recent threat of frost!!!
Cheers to that!
Now my crazy fall decorating streak can continue too!
I'm not sure why this season I've been so into experimenting with different combinations of blooms, gardenalia and pumpkins?
It's almost become a compulsion???? Pulling vintage items (like the old iron birdcage) from the house to decorate the garden.
Wonder where it stops??
Who knows?? I hope you don't mind??
Above: 'Painted Lady' butterfly soaking up some sun.
It has to end soon tho because there are chores (much more important) to finish before the cold is here to stay!