When I’m not baking – which is not often………one of my two passions is growing and taking pictures of my flowers, particularly the dahlias.
I bought a lot of my dahlias from a woman who grows them in Tenino, Washington. I’ve traded some and bought the others in various other places. There is just nothing like seeing new ones bloom for the first time. This year I added a bunch of new dinner plate dahlias – they live up to their name in being the size of dinner plates!!
This one is just breath taking when bloomed out! And so big – you can put one stem in a vase or make a huge, huge bouquet out of several. A few years back I splurged and bought an oversized glass vase that the dahlias look great in. I also grow glads, statice, and zinnas. I use the mix of all these to make bouquets for the farmers market I sell in. Not to mention, bouquets for me, too!!
Now we are waiting for a killing frost. In our part of the country we have to dig the tubers as they won’t winter over in the ground – either rot from the rain or freeze out. It’s also a good way of controlling the size of the tubers we plant. I usually sell the ones I don’t need to pay for my new ones! Works for me!:-)