I’m starting out with a bit of a cheat. Citron de Cap did not do well for me last year, although the one or two blossoms that opened were beautiful, that was it. I was going to discard and a friend said she’d like to try with a few of the ones that weren’t doing well for me. She sent me a picture when it was first showing color and I wondered if I’d sent her the wrong tuber because it there was so much pink. But it’s opening now and the fine, lacinated petals are unmistakable. She says there are more fat buds. I am very jealous.
The next two pictures are new dahlias for me. Candlelight is a medium sized plant, good for the front or middle of the bed and Swan’s describes it as a good cutting dahlia.
The lemon yellow is Ferncliff’s Lemon Kiss and it’s another keeper for the front of the bed.
Yvonne, is always a favorite; such a delicate lady.
And the last shot is of Art Deco. I’ve been growing it in the deck boxes for years. This year, I found a lantana on sale during late spring and planted it, hoping that my color memory was good and that it would work with the dahlias when they opened. I think it works.