Flower of the Month - The Dahlia
This month we turn our focus to the pretty Dahlia. It’s a flower that is fast becoming one of the most popular flowers for all types of occasions. Dahlias was named by the 18th-century Spanish botanist Abbe’ Cavanille in honour of the Swedish scientist and environmentalist, Andreas Dahl. There has been much debate over the classification of dahlias. In 1904, there were officially only five types: cactus, pompom, single, show and fancy. Since then, many more types have appeared and from 2010 dahlias have been split into fourteen groups.
- Dahlias come in nearly every colour of the rainbow. You can find them in almost every colour combination except blue.
- Dahlias also come in all sizes, from a dainty diameter of 2cm to amazingly large varieties known as “dinner plate” dahlias, which can grow up to 25cm in diameter!
- The dahlia is at its peak when many other summer blooms are past their prime, with their peak blooming window being from midsummer to just before the first frost.
- Dahlias represent dignity.
- They are Queen Victorias favourite flower.
- In the language of flowers also known as fluorography, dahlias mean “my gratitude exceeds your care’, which makes them the perfect choice as a thank you gift.
Café au lait royal
Our favourite dahlia is the “café au lait royal” dahlia. With its delicate blush-tines peachy ivory blooms it’s an eye-catching type of dahlia that looks gorgeous in any type of arrangement or just on its own. It’s an award-winning dahlia and can grow to up to 90-120cm tall. The café au lait royal dahlia prefers to be grown in full sunlight and with shelter from the wind.
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