Early dahlias

Croyden Masterpiece and amaranths
Croyden Masterpiece and amaranths

It’s still too early for my full season dahlia gallery.  The dinnerplate dahlias are tight buds, but starting to show color.  I’m enjoying the flowers too much though, not to share.  Croyden Masterpiece is not as large as it should be and not really orange, but I love it’s complex coloring.  And it shows well with amaranths Love Lies Bleeding and Cinco de Mayo.

I have a nice design element happening (I never actually saw any of these before, just picked them out of a catalogue) which is the color and shape transitions from “Esther” the flat collerette to “Kasasagi”, to “Little Scotty”, the shy yellow ball (He still has a lot of leaf to flower ratio but it’s still early).  Next year I will know that Ellen Houston stays shorter and goes in front.  It picks up the red in the yellow/red blends.

Esther, Kazasagi (top), Little Scotty (front right)
Esther, Kazasagi, Little Scotty

The third shot shows the cheerful effect.

dahlia bed with amaranths behind
dahlia bed with amaranths behind