Regular readers will know that Mum and I spend every Sunday visiting gardens -especially NGS gardens raising money for charity. But this week – we had a change in our routine, we visited a dahlia show.
We marvelled over the blousy, dinner plate- size flowers. None were nibbled by slugs or dashed by the weather, like mine have been.
We loved these huge white flowers, Kenora Challenger. They won the prize for best exhibit in show. They were literally perfect.
Here’s a slide show of our favourites. I loved this coral pink cactus dahlia.
Mum loved this single ruby collarette-type dahlia called Mills Purple Velvet.
My favourite was this small cactus dahlia with needle-like petals. Such a pretty delicate pink.
The show by Leicestershire Dahlia Society was held at Palmers Plant Nursery in Enderby. Mum and I have signed up for more information and will go along to talks and events to find out more. And in November there’s an event where members sell off their spare tubers. I’ve earmarked a few for my cut flower patch.
Best of all- at the end of the show, the flowers were sold off in an auction. I came home with armfuls for my MIL Joan. All her window ledges are now bursting with colour. Happy memories of when my dear Father-in-law had an allotment full of cut flowers- dahlias and chrysanthemums – and regularly came home with an array of first prize awards.
Have you attended -or entered any produce or flowers in any shows this year? I’d love to know how you got on.