Dahlia ‘Louise’ (Dahlietta Surprise Series)

Dahlia 'Louise' - pink flowers with white edge
Dahlia ‘Louise’

I’m not sure of the surprise in this series of dahlias, but I can imagine a few people being taken aback when the pink picotee dahlia they bought appears to be cream.

Dahlia ‘Louise’ is another of those chameleon plants bearing flowers that change from one colour to an entirely different one. As the creamy buds open to full rosettes, the petals gradually pinken. (Spell check is adamant that ‘pinken’ is not a word, but I’m overruling it.)  When fully mature, each petal is bright pink with just a white edge to remind us of the transformation.

Shared for Cee’s Flower of the Day.



WordPress recently emailed to say that they were going to drop my chosen font, Calluna Sans, and replace it with Lato. True to their word, they have done it. The difference is subtle, as is often the case with fonts, but for me it makes the non-italic text chunky, less characterful and less easy to read. I’ll try to find an alternative that meets their approval.

If you are browsing via the Reader, you don’t see my design anyway, but the prescribed WordPress version. My imposed font is another small disappointment: not worth gnashing my teeth over, but one more in a series of irritating drip, drip, drips. 

While I’m in complaining mode, I’ll just add a warning for anyone who receives the same message as me from ‘Bernard Max’, who wrote today to say he wants to buy my artwork because of the contrast of colours. Luckily common sense told me (1) I don’t have any artwork and (2) people are not likely to buy my recommendation of ‘a few completed original piece’ (stet) without even specifying which ones they want. An internet search revealed more than I really wanted to know about this scammer’s methods of extracting contact and bank details from unwary artists. ‘Bernard Max’ uses several different names.

47 Replies to “Dahlia ‘Louise’ (Dahlietta Surprise Series)”

  1. What a rouser on this dark, dismal October day! Of course I am smitten by that show-off bud in the center, flaunting its newborn creams.

    As to the font, yes, taken one at time, such things might be small drips, but eventually high tide. In the same family as spellcheck, which does not know everything! These things are supremely annoying, especially these days. I approve of “pinken” and intend to use it as soon as I have a chance! As for Bernard Maxx, he too is annoying. Thanks for the heads-up.

    1. ‘Newborn creams’ says it perfectly. Dahlias buds fascinate me – their pumpkin shape, and the way they strain to hold tight well after they look like they’ll burst. – I’m not looking forward to high tide. Let’s pretend we’ll have our water wings inflated by then.

  2. Thanks for sharing theses beautiful dahlias on a very dreary day in Michigan. Definitely one of the benefits of being a part of a talented blogging community. And thanks for the heads-up. Its good to have a large measure of skepticism.

    1. My pleasure. I don’t like blogging about subjects like the last, but I’d hate to think of an artist taking it seriously and I very much doubt he wrote only to me this time around.

  3. Oh, scammers. I got caught out last week and I am usually so aware! Must have had a brain freeze. As for the dahlias, these are so lovely I am tempted to try again, though my last attempt was disastrous as earwigs attacked the flowers. I might try growing some in a container though and see how that goes.

  4. Love this dahlia. It reminds me of one my Mother grew in our enormous garden of our first family home some 55-60 years ago.

    Thanks for the scammer warning too 🙂

    1. It’s not the ideal subject but you can bet your bottom dollar he is targeting lots of other WordPress bloggers at the same time with almost exactly the same phrases.

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