Monday, July 06, 2009

Forever Thine

Ruby red dahlia (bicolor)
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"To analyze the charms of flowers is like dissecting music; it is one of those things which it is far better to enjoy than to attempt to understand."
~ Henry Theodore Tuckerman

There are so many different varieties of dahlia, different sizes, different petal shapes, different numbers of petals, different colors and blends of colors. This one is newly added to our flowerbed this spring and I picked it because of its deep dark red petals and the bicolor white petals that really stand out. The small white petals edged with red paint blend into the central splash of yellow. Dahlias are thought to be associated with dignity, elegance and declares to the beholder "I am forever thine." They are easy to grow... they have to be in our flowerbed. Here we can leave the bulbs in the ground for the winter, but further north they need to be removed and kept in a cool dry place until spring.

This dahlia shouts...romance and is a perfect entry for Ruby Tuesday.

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