A Dahlia a Day Keeps the Shrink Away…

As we pulled away from a somewhat disappointing stop in Salem, Massachusetts, Carolyn and I decided to drive to the nearby historical seaport of Gloucester. It was always on our radar but we were in a hurry to get to Maine as a lobster feast was simmering. Gloucester (pronounced “Glouster”) at one time was the largest whaling port on the east coast and tales of Moby Dick, great white sharks, and furled sailing ships came to mind as we eased into a seaside parking slot.

The bayside walkway in Gloucester.
The Dahlia gardens were in large rectangular plots extending as far as the eye could see!

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I was amazed!

We found out later that 850 Dahlias of every color in the rainbow and several unworldly tints were in full bloom in ordered plots of a dozen plants in a row that extended a half mile above the tidal front. Reds, blues, pinks, yellows, whites, and multi colored variations blazed in the afternoon sun with some “dinnerplate” varieties having a surprising 10 inch bloom. Some were doubles, some singles, and all were spectacular.

Each large Dahlia was supported by a wire garden trellis – something that we need to plan.

Rather than bore you with further details and black and white words, let’s view a few and speculate which would look best in our home gardens. If you and I were limited to five Dahlias in our front yard, which would you choose? I narrowed my choice down to several dozen but could go no further. Here they are!

Did I mention that orange was a popular color?
Purple flecks were fascinating!
Even the bees enjoyed the intoxicating fragrance.
Deep purple clusters were Carolyn’s favorite.
No caption necessary.
Have to have this one!
And this one!
Red or purple? Both?
White buttons with a yellow center.
Bigger whites still had a yellow touch,
A Fairy touch of red.
Dahlia, thy name is blush.
Single never looked better!
A double? Triple maybe?
Endless blossoms!
Back to orange!
We had to move onward but we enjoyed our short stay in Gloucester,

2 thoughts on “A Dahlia a Day Keeps the Shrink Away…

  1. Those are beautiful! I love the yellow with red. I’ve heard a virus triggers variegation in Tulips and assume it’s the same with Dahlias. We lived there the first year we were married and always loved that walk along the harbor.

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  2. Those are beautiful! I love the yellow with red. I’ve heard a virus triggers variegation in Tulips and assume it’s the same with Dahlias. We lived there the first year we were married and always loved that walk along the harbor.

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