Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Dahlias "Dahling"

Dahlias are very pretty, colorful flowering plants.

Did you know there are 36 species of dahlias?  They are native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia, South America.

They are  cousins to chrysanthemums, daisies and sunflowers.

They are said to be easy to grow and their pretty blooms last through fall.

Deer dislike them but I don't know about squirrels. Does anyone know?

Does this beautiful yellow dahlia make your heart sing?  It does that to me!

 Some dahlias are annuals and some are perennials. They are grown from tubers.  In areas where the ground freezes, the perennial dahlias have to be dug up  and replanted in the spring.

My hubs loves dahlias so I went hunting for them in order to give them to him for Father's Day. I found three plants and they all looked different. Thankfully, he loved them all.

   (The bright pink flowering plant on the right is a geranium and the other two are dahlias.)

Just for the record, there's even an American Dahlia Society and you can find information about it online.

(Many thanks to Wikipedia and eHow for dahlia information used in this post.)



La Tea Dah said...

I love dahlias, but live in a place where they have to be dug up each autumn. That's something I never seem to get done --- so they don't live long for me. My aunt, who has a wonderful green thumb, grows amazing dahlia's in British Columbia. She is faithful and they thrive under her care. Lovely post. Thanks for the helpful information. I hope you have a "dahlia-tea-ful" day!

Wendy@Once upon a rose haven said...

Beautiful dahlias! I don't have any dahlias in my garden now. I used to have at my old place. Thanks for the info.

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

Oh aren't these lovely! Although I don't have any in my garden at present, they do have a special spot in my heart as they remind me of my childhood, and taking tight-fists bouquets from my mom's garden with which to bestow on my school teacher.

diane.stetson said...

Wasn't there an old movie called "The Black Dahlia"? I seem to remember it. I didn't know there were black ones if in fact there are but yours are all so colorful.

Shirley said...

I love Dahlias..we do have to dig them up and I always forget so I sometimes buy again or I skip a year..no dahlias this year as when I went to buy them, the best were gone..the rains kept me from going to the nurseries..and the prices have gone wayyyy up..next year for sure..I love that yellow one..a perfect choice..

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