Gallery Dahlia Art Nouveau
Dahlias galore resided in my Uncle Cliff's gardens and he knew the names of each one of them. The short varieties stood as sentinels at the edge of his flower beds. Evenly spaced, they appeared to be the guardians of the garden. My imagination gave reason to believe these perfect, colorful blossoms were actually parasol's for the tiny creatures who most surely lived in this garden kingdom. If one were extremely patient and had a quick eye, you might see them as they frolicked about. Patience, unfortunately did not describe me at such a young age, however it never detered me from believing none the less.
The tall, stately dahlias planted in the heart of the garden were the fairy castles of the kingdom, beckoning my fertile mind to dream of the princes and princesses who surely must reside there. Though I never actually saw them, if I closed my eyes and was very, very still, I could on occasion hear them whispering."
What sweet memories filled my mind
as I planted Dahlia's in my very own garden this morning!
Dahlia's are perennials native to Mexico, Central America, and Colombia. In my garden, they are annuals, however the tubers can be dug up and stored over winter. The Aztecs gathered and cultivated the dahlia for food, ceremony, as well as decorative purposes, and the long woody stem of one variety was used for small pipes.
I have chosen the Gallery Dahlia Art Nouveau to brighten my perennial garden this year. It has beautiful red violet colored blossoms 4" across with deep green leaves. It will grow 14-18" tall and produce an abundance of flowers throughout the summer months. Pinching the dead blossoms will encourage them to keep blooming. Dahlia's enjoy full sun with light afternoon shade in hot areas. I have planted three plants and I'm quite certain they will become a favorite in my garden this year.