Anyone following my web site for a few years must have known I couldn’t continue to resist buying dahlias for my own garden. I think I’ve shown more dahlias than roses from the Pt. Defiance Rose Garden, and I do spend considerable time sitting in my garden.
I’ve probably resisted because I consider the vegetable garden my domain and the flower gardens Leslie’s. However, I’ve ended up spending considerable time this year working in the yard this summer, even on flower beds, so I decided I could choose a couple plants to go in the front garden.
The first looked an awful lot like my favorite dahlias in the Pt. Defiance Dahlia Garden:
Originally I thought this would be the only dahlia we’d buy this year — I do have to save money for camera equipment, and gas, after all.
However, we were at a nursery looking for a bird bath and for plants that would do well in the shade. Unfortunately, I couldn’t limit myself to just those areas and ended up getting this rather unusual hybrid dahlia:
The rather large plant is a beautiful smoky color, complementing the ornamental grasses and unusual plants purchased by the previous owner.