My favorite nursery has an impressive field of dahlias behind the greenhouse. They sell cut flowers and they also offer a cut-your-own option. It was interesting to see which flowers attracted pollinators. The pink dahlia in the above photo was covered in honey bees, while many others didn’t have a single one.
Despite the grayness of the sky, the blooms lit up the space. I was alone with thousands of dahlias, exclaiming to no one about how striking they were. I do not grow these plants, because I have never been able to store the tubers over the winter. They always seemed to rot no matter how dry the storage area, so I gave up.
I’ll have more late season bling in my next installment.