Garden Bloggers Bloom Day – August 2014
After enjoying good, hot, warm weather for the past few months it’s suddenly turned really quite chilly. I don’t like this. I shouldn’t be considering turning the heating on to warm the house in August. I’m ever hopeful it’ll warm up a little again in a few days or so.
I’m not going to be around much for the next few weeks as our internet provider has decided they’re no longer going to provide for us.
Some welcome colour to the borders has arrived thanks to the Rudbekias, every year they are attacked by some sort of Moth caterpillars. Most annoying as the blooms are always ragged.
Ok, so I’ve meant to post these photos for months now, but somehow kept forgetting. I decided to try these Gazanias in pots too, alongside the Dahlias, Petunias and Pelargoniums I bought. They are incredibly bright, and perhaps clash with the colour combos, but I wanted a quick fix and have never seen them before.
Somewhere, somehow I seem to have developed quite a keen obsession with Dahlias. A month or so ago I bought a couple of trays, they were heavily reduced so I thought to myself that I might as well and they’ll help fill out some pots… Well, the results have been very surprising. One tray, which had no names to the blooms has floored me with its beauty and variety.
Piccolo Coral, is in real life a slightly deeper, scarlet red. But the blooms do tend to turn more coral as they age.
This is the first speckled one to bloom, and so far it’s my favourite.
I don’t think I’ve ever seen speckled Dahlias before?? I don’t know whether or not these have just gone a little crazy.
This speckled one is a darker colour, and more closely patterned than the others… I think I prefer the lighter ones but it may fade as the bloom ages.
This photo is misleading, the petals in real life are actually closer to the colour of those in the centre. It’s a deep, dark red shade, like ‘arabian night’ and is therefore my most pleasant surprise from the lot.
All the Dahlias are small, I assume dwarf types, so I can’t really cut the blooms for vases… which I really wish I could, because I’d love a vase of the deep blood-red ones.