DSZ = Dahlia, Sunflower, Zinnia — all blooming prolifically right now with stems long enough and flowers large enough to fill a beautiful crystal vase left by a friend a few weeks ago who now insists it’s not hers! Who am I to argue? Every Monday Cathy at Rambling In The Garden invites us to share a vase highlighting what is growing in our gardens. My colour palette showcases the colours of a sunset, or a sunrise, to complement the huge Dahlia ‘Wynn’s Desert Sunrise.’ That’s it, at the bottom left, in the photo, below.
There are three other Dahlias in this vase: ‘Santa Claus,’ – mostly white with bits of red stripes – also mostly hidden except when seen from above; ‘Seduction,’ a really beautiful purply one; and ‘Just Peachy,’ which is almost a Mini-Me of the much larger ‘Desert Sunrise.’ That’s it, below, just to the left of the more adult looking Wynn’s D.S.
All the gorgeous sunflowers peeking out and standing tall are ‘Ruby Eclipse,’ which is billed as pollenless, thus supposedly not attractive to bees. That may be, but I have indeed seen bumble bees on it and, despite not having any other sunflowers within an acre of the garden, seeds appear to be developing. Hmmm…
With C19 resurging around the world, not to mention hurricanes and wildfires and drought all over…I hope everyone stays safe and can enjoy these last few days of August.