Dahlia Fashion Shoot

The garden survived without me!  If you read Letting them fly, you will know that I suffer from separation anxiety when I have to leave my garden to go on holiday.  No sooner have I returned than I am off again!  Just me, without the family, for a lovely long weekend with old friends.

So I am just swooping over the garden, deadheading, eating raspberries and pulling out weeds that have inexplicably grown to the size of a toddler in two weeks.

I will be writing a proper post about all of this, but for now, as I head off to Heathrow, feeling all footloose and fancy free, I thought I would just leave you with a little Dahlia Fashion Shoot, photographed today in the sunshine.

Think of this as a glossy mag sort of a post. No brainpower needed. Just sit back and enjoy the silky textures, rich colour, and delicious flower forms.

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Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’
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Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’
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Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Vino’
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Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’ and ‘Vino’
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Dahlia ‘Purple Flame’
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Dahlia ‘Purple Flame’
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Dahlia ‘Juliet’
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Dahlia ‘Vino’
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Dahlia ‘American Dawn’ and ‘Purple Dream’
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Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’
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Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’
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Dahlia ‘Waltzing Matilda’
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Dahlia ‘Purple Dream’
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Dahlia ‘American Dawn’
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Dahlia ‘American Dawn’

Which is your favourite?  Do you fancy a G&T?  I am feeling decadent.  I’m so excited!!!

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22 Comments Add yours

  1. If pushed for a favourite I go for the shot of American Dawn. I like the focus on what is to come, the mature bloom leading us to the cosmos behind. Enjoy your trip

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    Waltzing Matilda reminds me of the Flower Fairies books, I don’t know why. Do you remember them?

    1. Ali says:

      Yes! I had the Flower Fairies Alphabet Book. I found it recently in a bookshop and the illustrations transported me back to childhood!

  3. Claudette says:

    I love the smell of th efoliage of dahlias – it just rings all my bells – don’t know why. I really should buy more as I only have a single variety (no idea what, just a peachy pink spiky type).

    1. Ali says:

      I love the smell too. Sort of peppery, isn’t it?

  4. Christina says:

    I’m suffering serious Dahlia envy here; yours are all mouth-wateringly gorgeous! Do you have a favourite supplier?

    1. Ali says:

      Yes; I order from Sarah Raven. Though might try National Dahlia Collection next year.

      1. Christina says:

        SR will only send seeds to Italy and then at the buyer’s risk. Peter Nyssen will send but I don’t think he has anything very unusual.

      2. Ali says:

        Oh that’s a shame! Withypitts is another I follow on Instagram, but have yet to buy from.

  5. You always amaze me that you know all your flowers names. Takes a good brain to store all that information and mine is getting too old to handle all those details.
    Dare I say it, I must be the only gardener not in love with dahlias. I loved them as a child when my grandpa grew them, but they don’t tempt me as an adult. I shall enjoy yours instead.
    Have a wonderful time with your friends! Old friends are as special as flowers, they give so much and make life so meaningful.

    1. Ali says:

      Thank you Cindy. X

  6. I love the colours of all these Dahlias Ali. I could not choose a favourite. 🌼

  7. bcparkison says:

    do have a fun time but…your garden will be waiting in all of its beauty.

  8. M.B. Henry says:

    Gosh they’re all beautiful, it’s hard to pick a favorite! Glad the garden did well in your absence.

    1. Ali says:

      My mum took good care of it!

  9. Cor, they are gorgeous. Waltzing Mathilda is going brilliantly in my garden too. Love them

  10. Rupali says:

    All are super amazing.

  11. Eliza Waters says:

    The perfection of dahlias never fails to dazzle me!

  12. Astroloji says:

    I do also like to take some macro shots.. How you avoid from handshaking ?

    1. Ali says:

      My camera has image stabilising technology (whatever that is) and also I rest it on my knee to get more stability for close-ups.

  13. All are super amazing.
    I love the flowers

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