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Dahlia Dahlia
This tuber based plant is one of our favorites. We planted seeds in Montserrat which grew well and were nicely flowering when an eruption of the Soufriere volcano delivered a layer of volcanic ash over our entire garden. Following the ash fall, we had acid rains which killed the dahlias along with many of our other plants. We have now restarted with seeds planted at our new home in Guatemala and you can see the wonderful first year results below.
From: From Mexico and Central America. The dahlia was designated as the national flower of Mexico.
Photographed: In Taxco, Mexico, in our garden at our former in Montserrat, in the Botanical Garden at the Hotel Atitlan on Lake Atitlan in Guatemala, at the Winter Garden in Auckland, New Zealand, and in Rhode Island at the annual dahlia show and wherever else I find them.
Planting and Care: Dahlias are easy plants whether you grow them from seed or tubers. They like to be in full sun in more northerly locations, but will tolerate semi shade in bright tropical places. Along with light they like to receive routine rainfall or watering without ever being in a bog. A rich composted soil is appreciated as well. The largest of your plants will almost always need some support or staking.
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PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE OUTSIDE GARDEN AT THE WINTER GARDEN IN AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, IN 2013.
 
 

 

 
PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE GARDEN AT THE HOTEL ATITLAN ON LAKE ATITLAN IN GUATEMALA FROM 2010 FORWARD.
 

 
PHOTOGRAPHED HITHER AND YONDER IN THE WILD AT LAKE ATITLAN IN GUATEMALA

The wild dahlias below truly are wild growing in the wooded areas on the roadside rising from Lake Atitlan to Solalá, the State Capital of this area of Guatemala. They grow at an altitude of 5000 feet and above and do so comfortably within the climate's natural annual changes including alternating between a very wet rainy season ranging from May into November and a dry season for the rest of the year. In their long blooming season they are extraordinary.

When I photographed these beautiful flowers and added them to my "mystery flowers" page this is what I wrote. "To me these very tall wildflowers (10 feet) seem like relatives of dahlias. They grow by the Lake in Guatemala where they thrive during the rainy season May through October." As it turns out I wasn't too far off the mark as I have always loved dahlias.

With my appreciation these plant mysteries were solved by Jac from North Norfolk, England. I'd like your help too.

Photographed: In Panajachel, Guatemala, in 2012.

Photographed: In Panajachel, Guatemala, in 2012.

Photographed: In Panajachel, Guatemala, in 2012.

 

Photographed: In Panajachel, Guatemala, in 2012.

Photographed: In Panajachel, Guatemala, in 2012.

 
DWARF DAHLIAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THEIR FIRST YEAR IN OUR GARDEN IN GUATEMALA IN 2012

 
 
 

 

 
 
DWARF DAHLIAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN THEIR SECOND YEAR IN OUR GARDEN IN GUATEMALA IN 2013

Our dahlias in their second year became members of the family, cared for, but not treated like guests. Here you see them growing with the rhubarb and young tree fern just by the terrace where I have my reused styrofoam mushroom containers filled with nice potting soil and seeds on their way.

PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE BLITHEWOLD MANSION, GARDENS & ARBORETUM, IN BRISTOL, RI, USA  IN 2013
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
PHOTOGRAPHED IN THE THE THUYA GARDEN ON MT. DESERT ISLAND, MAINE, USA IN 2013
 

 Dahlia Chilsons Pride

 

Dahlia Jane

 

Dahlia Tutti Fruiti

 
 
 
 
 

Dahlia Otto's Thrill

 

Dahlia Glorie Van Heemstede

 

Dahlia Glorie Van Heemstede

 
 
 
 

Dahlia Grand Finale

 

Dahlia Show and Tell

 

Dahlia Show and Tell

 

Dahlia Show and Tell

 

Dahlia Bishop of Landaff

 

Dahlia Moonstruck

 

Dahlia Tiny Treasure

 
 
 
DAHLIAS PHOTOGRAPHED IN BAR HARBOR, MAINE, IN THE SUMMER OF 2013
 
 
 

DAHLIAS PHOTOGRAPHED AT THE RHODE ISLAND DAHLIA SHOW IN THE SUMMER OF 2013

We went to this show with great enthusiasm as we both love dahlias. Unfortunately as you will see in the photographs, the whole show was laid out on green plastic and all of the blossoms were crowded together. Not only did the beautiful blossoms suffer this indignity, but my photographs did as well. To top it off, all of the identifying materials for each flower were hand written and mostly illegible.

Dahlia ADS Centennial

 

Dahlia AC Ben

 

Dahlia Gloriosa

 

Dahlia Embrace

 

Dahlia Irish Pinwheel

 

Dahlia Snoho Doris

 

Dahlia Jackie Evangelista

 

Dahlia Magic Moment

 

Dahlia Mystery 1

 

Dahlia Magic Moment 2

 

Dahlia My Beverly

Dahlia Mystery 19

 

Dahlia Mystery 10

 

Dahlia Mystery 23

 

Dahlia Kelven Floodlight

 

Dahlia Edna C

 

Dahlia Mystery 17

 

Dahlia Candy Jayne

 

Dahlia Harvey Koop

 

Dahlia Mystery 5

Dahlia Bay State Angel

Dahlia Fancy Pants

 

Dahlia Mystery 12

 

Dahlia Gitts Perfection

 

Dahlia Mystery 4

 

Dahlia Mystery 7

 

Dahlia Wildwood Marie

 

Dahlia Mary's Jomanda

 

Dahlia STG 135

 

Dahlia Mystery 11

Dahlia Mystery 9

 

Dahlia Mystery 8

Dahlia Mystery 21

 

Dahlia Mystery 14

 

Dahlia Mystery 13 

Dahlia Mystery 3

 

Dahlia Mystery 5

 

Dahlia Mystery 15

 

Dahlia Mystery 18

 

Dahlia Mystery 20

 

Dahlia STG 135

 

Dahlia Bouquet 1

 

Dahlia Bouquet 2

 

Dahlia Bouquet 3

 

Dahlia Bouquet 4 

Dahlia Bouquet 5

 

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