Doesn't it seem like everything is always in season in NYC? Among the endless rotation of flowers at the shops and delis are the seasonal specials, the ones that will only be around for a short time. Right now DAHLIAS are making their presence known, but will become scarce once Thanksgiving is upon us.
Dahlias have wonderful color. The may remind you of certain chrysanthemum varieties, and with good reason: they both belong to the aster family. When you look closely their buds are waxy and vibrant green, as if their textures and veins have been carved from soap. The petals, which begin green, are layered up in a tight ball, much like a peony. When the outer five or so green petals open from the ball the appearance is very much like that of tiny green persimmons.
If you love these flowers, now is the time to enjoy them cheaply. If you want to grow them you definitely can, but these natives of Mexico and Central America need a little help to survive the winter. - Matt N.