While in Florida you rarely see Dahlias. These flowering plants are just not tolerant of the heat, rain and insects of our summer months. None the less I find them amazingly beautiful. The plants grow from tubers that originate from the species found in the cool, moist highlands of Mexico and Central America. However, they are now widely cultivated. I became familiar with them when I resided in Michigan. We grew them in our garden and even then they required special care for winter protection. The following images are my photographs made while in Fulda, Germany. I had forgotten how surprisingly beautiful these flowers are. I wanted to share them with you in case you have not seen them in a while. I hope that you appreciate them as well.
If you are familiar with these blooming plants from your experience in the Northern States or elsewhere then, with special care, there is an opportunity to grow and enjoy Dalias in Florida.*
There are many Dahlia varieties. for a large list with pictures go to the link Gardenia. Also see Dalias compared at this Gardenia comparison link. I intended to look up the names of the flowers shown, however, there are more than 20,000 different varieties and it was impossible for me to check out the exact characteristics to name each specimen.
Here are a few recent examples of the blooms I saw. View the slide show by letting it play or by clicking on the arrows.
*Yes! You can grow Dahlias in Florida. Please visit the blog site of Growing Kindness by Ellen Tongson. I believe that she has all of the information, supplies and plants necessary to start and maintain your own beautiful flowers in Florida.
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Beautiful pictures and wonderful memories. I was surprised to learn that it is possible to plant dahlias in Florida! I remember the cold winters in Germany where we had to take the dahlias inside the basement and put them back into the garden in springtime otherwise they would not have survived. My mother’s garden was full of dahlias and other beautiful flowers.
The great part of this post is your introduction of the location to me while we were in Germany