Dahlias...a beautiful flower found in many gardens at this time of the year. I wish they were found in my garden as well...but maybe next year!
I have been enjoying a bouquet from my sister's garden this week...
...and admire Maria's dahlias every time I pass by. I have only tried to grow them once, and they never survived their first winter...but maybe it's time to try again.
Dahlias are native to Mexico and Central America. In 1872 they were sent as roots to the Netherlands...and from that one variety the European nurserymen have bred the many stunning dahlias that we have today. They range in height from twelve inches to eight feet...and the flowers can be as large as a dinner plate. Stunning!
But here's my question...how do you pronounce dahlia? Some say doll-ya...others say dell-ya...and I grew up hearing day-li-a.
Dahlias remind me of my grandma's garden...all the more reason to have them in mine.