This last week has seen a gradual emergence of the first ever decent bloom on Dahlia ‘Pink Petticoat’, a variety added last year to supplement my existing selection of dahlias. Last season, however, saw a mere handful of blooms, all either distorted or weather-damaged, not doing much for the variety’s credentials and leaving me unsure of its appeal. Despite a near-perfect bloom, I am still uncertain about it this year, probably because it is bigger and blowsier than the dahlias I would usually choose, but with the delicate pink shading and twisted petals I can see its potential attraction. As I write this, the colour on my screen looks distinctly lilac, but rest assured it is a pale pink!
With no guarantee yet of future blooms, I cut this while I had the chance, adding it to stems of a mystery gladiolus that are just beginning to emerge from their sheaths of ugly sword-like leaves. I have absolutely NO idea where these gladioli came from, the only gladioli I ever recollect buying were the bargain ‘red’ ones used in a Monday vase a few weeks ago and a ‘green’ variety which never produced anything other than leaves: these are clearly neither. In truth, I would never contemplate buying varieties of any plant that had remotely ‘salmon’ coloured blooms, and all I can think of is that they might have come free with something else. At any rate, once they have made their elegant-if-nothing-else contribution to this vase they and all the ugly sword-like leaves in the borders will be removed and quickly forgotten…
Although I used the title ‘Pink it Up’ it seems as if I have now all but talked myself out of either bloom being truly pink; nevertheless, I am sticking with it and the chosen prop, a piece of pink fabric with the edges ‘pinked’ with pinking shears. If I had chosen a different vase and added the also-picked pink zinnias and hint-of-pink sedum, it would undoubtedly have looked pinker – but enough is enough, and they were added to the long-lasting limonium and stipa of last week’s vase instead.
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