Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Friday, October 14, 2011


I've not ever planted Dahlias in the gardens at Linderhof.    They are a bit too fussy for me and neither my mother nor my grandmother ever grew them.    So I didn't grow up with dahlias.    I'd heard of them, saw pictures of them, read about Martha Stewart's dinner plate size dahlias but I've resisted thinking about dahlias in Linderhof's garden because I never saw them "in person"!

And then I went to Hallifax, New Brunswick and their Public Garden . .  . and there was a magnificent display of dahlias.

Although neither the bulbs nor the flowers came home with me, pictures of these magnificent blooms did! .

This one  reminds me of a candy cane . . .

This one is a solid pink and rather large -- nothing to show how large it is!

Love these raggedy flowers . . .

And the white petals touched with pink.

And in Hallifax, I was captivated  with these beautiful flowers and then we went to Minneapolis and to their Arboretum where we found these lovely Dahlias  and I fell in love

Three perfect blossoms

And this one -- white with pink on the edges of each petal . . . and the name . . .

How appropriate!

For it is Saturday and I'm joining Beverly at How Sweet the Sound for Pink Saturday.     These Dahlias are the perfect pinkness for this Saturday and one has the perfect name -- My Beverly!


Sherry said...

Gorgeous! I grew dahlias only one season. I don't remember how many I planted...just a few came up. Then one by one they disappeared! We had a yard with a privacy fence don't really know what was going on. I grabbed the last one and clipped it. Took it to work in a vase and listened to the ooohs and aaaahs. The next year...nothing came up!

Pondside said...

The Great Dane grows wonderful dahlias here at Pondside. This year's non-summer took a toll on them, but we're enjoying the blooms that came, both in vases in the house and in the beds outside.

niartist said...

Oh Martha! Around here you don't do anything but plant and stake them. Then they take over! Mine are GORGEOUS right now! I can't believe they're still blooming - they're prolific really! Love these pics ... I bet the gardens were amazing!!

My name is Riet said...

Hi and happy pink Saturday.
I do love dahlia´s and these here are so pretty. Lovely and pink.
Have a nice weekend

acorn hollow said...

I am with you I never grew them becuse they have to be dug up every fall here. My grandmother did grow them but a couple of summers ago I was given one it has since multiplied into several and they are the last flowers in my garden this year. So now I am hooked try them you will love them.
The vase in my next to last post is dahlias.

Carol said...

I had never grown them until 4 years ago when my sister gave me several. Now I am "HOOKED!" . I have about 20 and they do multiply so nicely ! I give some away every year. Probably not this year though because of the weather they didn't do well at all..but they look great right now :)

Chubskulit Rose said...


Please come see my Pink, when you get a chance. Happy weekend!

LV said...

They are a very pretty flower. I just never had much luck growing them.