Some Sunny Shots for a Snowy Day

I am doing some armchair gardening today because we had snow on the ground this morning – and I felt like giving myself a break from winter.

beautiful fuschia colored dahlia

I took all of these photos last fall in the dahlia garden at the Bayard Cutting Arboretum near my home. I was supposed to enter a few of these pictures in the yearly contest that the Long Island Dahlia Society holds every year – but I missed it {thinking I had another week to submit..oh well I will enter this year for sure!} I got some really good bohkeh {the blurred stuff in the background!} on some of the shots.

yellow and pink dahliaI didn’t do much editing to any of these pictures – I only reduced the size and I just adjusted til I got to a look I thought represented what was in my memory.  I think that the beautiful colors of these flowers speak for themselves, don’t you think?

This year, I am going to be more serious about growing dahlias in my yard.  I only planted about 4 or 5 of them a few years ago and I loved how they looked in the bed I have right next to my deck.  I didn’t dig them and over-winter them {I got too busy with projects that year I remember}, and so that was the end of the dahlia experience for me.  I substituted gladiolas – which I love mainly because they are hardy and they come up every year without me having to dig up the bulbs.  But – they are like the best looking guy at a dance – nice to look at…but they don’t stick around very long!!  So – I have to do some editing and transplanting of my gladiolas (or is it gladioli???) – and bring back some beautiful dahlias.

white dahlias

light fuschia colored dahliasI could easily wake up to these beauties every morning! Couldn’t you?

deep purple dahliasThe intensity and the blending of the colors really speaks to me…

dahlia collageThe textural beauty and endless combinations that expert gardeners have come up with is artistry itself.

beautiful fuscia colored dahlia with a deeper red in the background

deep reddish pink dahliaJust looking at these shots, I can imagine many color schemes.

light purple dahliaOh – is that the colorful bee???

reddish purple dahlia

Have you planted dahlias in your garden {or are planning to?} Let me know your experiences and thoughts in the comment box below!

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