Gresgarth Hall has a walled kitchen garden where fruit trees and vegetables grow alongside flowers for cutting, depending on the season. I was about to describe the dahlia I photographed there as bicoloured, but could not ignore the flush of peach that gives it a sophisticated look. A tricolour, then. I know someone out there is going to want to grow this when they see it, but unless an identification appears in the comments below, I have no idea what it is. The orange blurs in the background are nasturtiums and the feathery foliage, nigella.
My ability to conjure up names for colours seems to be stymied at the moment, as you’ll know if you’ve read this recent post, so I decided to keep things simple: basically it’s red and white.
The petals have more than a hint of a curl, the red colour wraps itself around the white more or less, disrupting the pattern, and my camera angle makes it almost triangular, all adding up to a spirited look. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this dahlia was captured in the act of surprising a spider with a “boo!”, or spreading out its petals against the wind so it could sway on its stalk with a “whee!”.
Even if there’s no intent, and we’re just sensing a purely physical exhilaration that happens as the flower opens out in the warm, early autumn sun, an exclamation mark seems appropriate.
I’m posting this as part of Cee’s Flower of The Day. She’s sharing a dahlia today too. If you have a spare moment, drop by and look at some of the other submissions for a flower treat to start the week.