A flower show is essentially a display of only one stem with one flower each submitted by a different grower, or in this case member of the Dahlia association. In this photo below you can see how this is all arranged. I also had a chance to talk with some of the members. I didn't know Dahlias were from Mexico, and of course hybridized in Holland, Europe etc over the years. Those guys did a great job showing off the splendor!
|Dahlia Show - Chicago Botanic Garden Sep 2011|
|Dahlia - unusual coloring and pointy petals|
|Dahlia - reminds me of a daisy|
|Small Dahlia - Compact flowerheads|
|Dahlia - spiky petals, and varigated!|
|Large Dahlia - Yellow piepan! Extremely Large|
|Pink Dahlia - unique curved petals.|
|Dahlia - probably named somthing like Fire or Sunshine!|
|Varigated Dahlia - perfect for Valentines or Christmas!|
|Varigated Dahlia - nice petal form too!|
|Varigated Dahlia - Bright Yellow and Red, Captivating!|
|Dahlia - Loved the balance here.|
|Close up - modern art-like!!|
In our area Dahlias need to be pulled each year and over wintered. My mom always dug the tubers and stored them in the basement during the winter. Her dahlias were successful in plenty of sunlight with frequent watering. I just remember plain pink ones in the garden. However, given the diversity I saw at this flower show, I might have to jump in with Dahlias next year!
Please also see dahlia update from a botanic garden on this blog.
Singing Christmas Carols today, partly inspired by the nice red and white Dahlias above, but also did you see that holiday merchandise is already in the stores?