Dazzling Dahlias: 360º Of Petals

Dahlia season is here! I'll probably have lots more to say about these spicy beauties soon, but today I just had to show you this overachiever: a nearly perfect dahlia sphere. Any flower that's this excited to be in bloom is my kind of flower..According to The American Dahlia Society , "Dahlias start blooming in mid-to-late July (depending on the location and the cultivar) and bloom continuously until frost kills the plant." That's a good long time to enjoy these enthusiastic bloomers. Dahlia-balls like the one I'm holding here are remarkable, but by no means unusual. Though dahlias play extremely well with others in arrangements, specimens such as this one are best enjoyed on their own so you can gaze in wonder at the fact that the petals go all the way around! The only downside is that the stems are sometimes not up to the task of supporting such an outburst of petals, and promptly snap. In that case, you can float the flower head in a bowl of water. Or throw it at someone you love.

(Image: Tess Wilson. Dahlia from Birch)

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