If somebody had asked me a few years ago “what does a Dahlia flower look like?” I wouldn’t have known. My love for gardening is quite recent and I am determined to support the vintage Dahlia flower in becoming popular again. Last year my neighbor had the most beautiful crop of different variety dahlias growing in his allotment. I would love to share some of his flowers with my readers today and see if you too can identify what a Dahlia looks like and maybe eventually fall in love with one of the varieties yourself.
I really enjoyed showing these beauties off to my Instagram followers last year and managed to get some delightful shots. I even grew a few of my own and have already put the tubers out for this year’s growth.
My favorite variety of Dahlia is the Pom Pom Dahlia. Last year I grew peach and yellow which have already gone back into the ground for a further crop. I also rescued a nice looking blush pink Dahlia during the summer heat from my local garden center last summer too. I really hope she gives me the same fabulous flowers this year.
There has to be at least 50 species of Dahlia flowers, they are hardy and colorful. Dahlias last ages and make summer seem that little bit longer.
Shout out to the Dahlia!
Here are some interesting facts about the Dahlia flower
- The dahlia is named after Swedish 18th-century botanist Anders Dahl.
- The dahlia is the official flower of the city of Seattle.
- The dahlia originated in Central American in the 16th century.
- Spanish Botanists discovered it growing wild on the sandy hillsides of Mexico
- The first tubers arrived in Europe at the end of the 18th century, sent over to Madrid by the Spanish settlers in Mexico.
- Andreas Dahl (after whom the plant is named) regarded it as a vegetable rather than a garden flower, but interest switched from the edible tubers to the blooms when the first varieties with large, double flowers were bred in Belgium in 1815.
- The favorites in those days were the Ball and Small Decorative Dahlias. Now it is the Large Decorative and Cactus varieties which capture the public fancy.
- Dahlia Plants ranging from dwarf bedders (twelve inches high) to giants taller than a man. Flowers range in size from an inch to the largest dinner plate.
- The first dahlias were brought to Europe by the early explorers and over the centuries, through hybridization, developed the modern dahlia.
- The Dahlia seeds will germinate a little faster when we use a heating mat, or place them on top of a refrigerator for heat.
- Dahlia bulbs are a subterranean root system, comprising many distinct tubers, each a separate lump. These allow the dahlia plant to mature year after year without benefit of seed or spores. To sprout the next season, each tuber must have one eye.
Hopefully, my pictures will inspire you to rescue a wilting Dahlia from your local garden center or flower nursery this year. They are really simple plants that will grow back next year!