I tend to hyperbolize, and I’m fickle, but this is probably the best flower from the garden yet. It’s a dahlia called ‘Spiderwoman’ that I planted in spring.
The flower quite closely resembles its namesake, except for the massive bosom.
This has been my first year growing dahlias, and although only about half of what I planted produced blooms, those that did flower have been amazing!
Here’s the Spiderwoman dahlia in a vase with a large yellow ‘Kennermerland’ dahlia, another successful plant, which has produced ten enormous blooms so far.
The vase also contains a few flowers from the florist (the white chrysanthemums and gypsophila) and some more from the garden (the purple verbena). Most of the foliage – the seedheads and box stems – was grown nearby by my friendly local florist.
The fern stems are from a ‘parlour palm’ potted plant that I’ve kept since around 2007. I rescued it from an office, where it was the weeniest, dead-est looking little plant, and it’s been one of my plant pals ever since.
The sticky-out bits (that’s a botanical term 😉 on the left of the plant, are flower stalks, and in a few weeks it should produce tiny yellow flowers. The Royal Horticultural Society, describes these as ‘insignificant’ flowers, which in my view is overly judgemental. Stick to the facts RHS!
I’ll share this picture with Cathy and the gang at Rambling in the Garden ‘in a vase on monday’ and I’ve got a few more of these spiderwoman blooms to come, which is super exciting.
Next year, I’ll plant more dahlias. And I’ll stake them better (mine are all a bit wonky, tbh). And I’ll give the young plants more protection from slugs. All these lessons learned will hopefully give me a better chance to grow more of these awesome flowers next year, and perhaps I’ll sell a few in bouquets at FromeBlooms.com, my online flower shop.
As always, I hope that your garden plants and plans are coming along nicely, and I’d welcome your comments.