Whoop, whoop! Dark and luscious dahlias have arrived in the garden - and they are just the right side of flamboyant - glamourous rather than Dame Edna! I have Bishop of Aukland (on the left above), Sam Hopkins (to the right), and Rip City which is a dark pinky purple cactus type.
They are fast-growing, flower like mad til the first frosts and look glorious in the garden and vase. They are velvet-petalled and have smart, deeply-coloured stems and foliage. If only they were fully hardy they would be my top plant.
These dark beauties look amazing with lime green (think nicotania, zinnias, dill etc). Please check out Sarah Raven's website here for futher inspiration. I love how they look in bouquets,
and they look great in big, full on arrangements or posies like this one next to some tea-light holders in our sittingroom,
I do have one question for more experienced florists than me: do they reliably last in a vase more than 4-5 days and does searing the stems make them last longer? There seems a lot of conflicting infomation out there!