Wednesday, October 13, 2010

The Dahlia Dell

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One of my favorite things to see in Golden Gate park during October is seeing the last blooms in the Dahlia Circle just off the Conservatory of Flowers.

This circle garden has been open to the public since the 1920’s.  Dahlias are the official flower of San Francisco, which  makes sense in this town full of unique and colorful districts and people.


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There is an international selection of specialty tubers and hybrid flowers grown in the circle and along the hillside of this wonderful garden. Tubers coming from New Zealand, South Africa, England and even Mexico are highlighted in this international extravaganza – and what a show it is!


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There are over 500 + plants that are cared for, dug up and re-planted every year along this garden and well maintained by the Dahlia Society – what dedication and fantastic tribute to their admiring audiences visiting the park.


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This is my contribution for Today’s flowers go visit for more http://flowersfromtoday.blogspot.com/


Also, this is my contribution for Fertilizer Friday’s, go and visit Tootsie for more http://www.tootsietime.com/

23 comments:

Floridagirl said...

Wow, those are some glorious dahlia shots, Plant Fanatic! I so love dahlias but have no luck growing them in my part of Florida. I wonder what I'm doing wrong. Looks like San Francisco is the perfect locale for growing them. For some reason, those lyrics about "putting flowers in your hair" will be going through my head all night now.

Andrea said...

Beautiful close-ups Noel. I still remember your post about SF last year, when you went uphill in that secluded forested area. BTW, i haven't seen dahlia here for quite a while, wonder why not many people plant them here when they are so easy to care for.

africanaussie said...

Gosh looks as though you times your trip right! beautiful photos!

Megan said...

Welcome to SF! The weather has been incredible lately. Good thing you brought a jacket. How long are you in town for?

Elsie Xie said...

I love dahlias and have planted quite a lot of them years ago. Unfortunately, they do not do very well here in the tropics as they'll wilt pretty soon. I will settle for admiring them digitally.

lotusleaf said...

Dazzling dahlias!Thanks for sharing.

Edith Hope said...

Greetings Noel, What a spectacular collectionof Dahlias. They do make such a glorious splash of colour at this time of year. There seem to be an endless variety of types, tints and tones that you show here. It really must be an amazing sight.

I never realised that the Dahlia is the official flower of San Francisco. As you say, it is a good choice!

Ellada said...

Aloha Noel,
This is a beautiful garden of colors.

Carol said...

You have a great eye Noel! Gorgeous photos and flowers! Really love the next to the last and last ones. ;>)

Hocking Hills Gardener said...

Hi Noel. Wow! What a beautiful showing of Dahlias. I imagine it is even more beautiful to see them all in person. It has to be a colorful display of blooms. Just gorgeous.

Tufa Girl said...

Wow! Hawaii, California and Florida have the best flowers. The rest of us are just jealous.

One said...

Those are really great shots! Of course, Dahlias are beautiful too.

Karen said...

Noel, what a fantastic display, I never knew dahlias had so many wonderful forms and colors. Breathtaking.

Darla said...

I have never met a Dahlia I didn't love!

Dragonfly Treasure said...

Simply beautiful!
*hugs*deb

leavesnbloom said...

Noel I'm not a big fan of dahlia's due to those dreadful earwigs that they seem to attract over here but that display is amazing and the work that goes into to lifting those tubers and caring for them in the early spring requires such dedication. Over here I am used to seeing rows of dahlias on some peoples allotments.

Tootsie said...

you take some of the most beautiful photos!!! Dahlias are among my favorites...thanks for sharing these with us this week!!! see you next time!

A Garden of Threads said...

You have some amazing close ups of the Dahlias. I have dug mine up for the winter and put them in storage. Hope they survive:)

Paul said...

Gday Noel. Apparently you live in paradise. It looks stunning, and your photos are spot on. I would love to live and garden somewhere like that, (although molten rock running rampant would be an issue with my lawn).

Thanks for dropping by.

Cat said...

Hi Noel, Thanks for stopping by my blog for GBBD. Your photos are beautiful and you are blessed to live in such a beautiful place ~ I look forward to seeing more. I enjoyed my visit!

Corner Gardener Sue said...

Wow, what an awesome display of color! You captured it well!

Elizabeth Barrow said...

Thank you so much for the wonderful flowers! I love dahlias but they don't last very long here in the semi-tropics! This is the first year in a long time I haven't had them, so I really loved looking at these beauties in San Francisco.

Janet/Plantaliscious said...

Glorious photos as ever Noel. I love the idea of a Dahlia Dell - must be a bit of an assault on the eyes though, so much saturated colour in such a small space!

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