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Saturday, September 5, 2009

Dahlia Kingdom

Dahlias were the flowers which I made bouquets from this year for my kids' teachers.
There were not enough of them in my own garden, so I asked my friend, Mark, if he could give me some flowers.

 He told me before that he had a couple of dahlia bushes.
So, the day before school started, we went to see him and his garden.
What we saw amazed me.

"Two dahlia bushes" happened to be hundreds of beautiful, colorful plants that would be an honor to any city garden.

I immediately forgot why I came to his place.
I walked from one bush to another.
I was told later that I looked like a kid in a candy store.

And, what about these giant sunflowers?

The variety of dahlias was overwhelming. I think there were types such as decorative, cactus, ball, anemone, fimbriated, etc.

Thank you Mark!

The teachers were grateful, and we could see they really liked the bouquets. I was not sure if our boys would agree to deliver them like they did in previous years. After all, they are pre-teens, but they did!

I will post the bouquet pictures separately so that I do not overload this post.

***Copyright TatyanaS


  1. An absolute riot of colour, aren't they? I don't grow dahlias but I sure love them in other people's gardens.

  2. Dahlia Kingdom is certainly spectacular! I can't believe how many different and beautiful kinds he has. And giving them to the teachers is a very nice gesture.

  3. There were too many gorgeous blooms to pick a favorite. What a great garden. The barn photo put me in my happy place.

  4. I'm not surprised. Some real beauties there. And what a lovely thing to do on your part.

  5. Those dahlias are spectacular! What a beautiful garden. I'm sure the teachers appreciated the flowers. :)

  6. Wow how exciting--what bounty. Thanks Mark--Thanks Tatyana!

  7. I expected an interesting post when i saw the first flower and I wasn't disappointed. Lovely Dahlias. I grew some from seed a few years ago and they have done very well this year.

  8. I bet you just loved this visit. Dahlia heaven. I do also like the sunflowers.

  9. Thanks for the Dahlia tour.
    Amazing large all the colors.

    Received your seeds last week and sent a "thank you" to Tatiana K. who I had a e-mail address on...must have been half a sleep.
    Oh so sorry. Wanted to let you know right away and didn't.
    So Thank You and I'll see what you may want from my garden...if not you can just give them away.

    Best Wishes,

  10. I think I would have thought I'd died and gone to heaven! What a beautiful 'couple' (hehehe) of bushes. I can certainly understand the 'like a kid in a candy store' remark - I would have been the same. I'm soooo upset that I lost all of mine, especially my Blackberry Ripple, it was so gorgeous.
    Knowing you I'll bet the boys delivered wonderful bouquets to the teachers.

  11. WOW! I've never seen so many gorgeous dahlias in one spot! I don't know as I've ever even seen them in anyone's garden in real life. They're beyond belief beautiful!

  12. What a lovely "candy store" you BOTH have! Thank you for sharing...wish I was your boys' teacher...they were in awe and grateful I am sure :)

  13. Tatyana, I may have to change my favorite flower from daylily to dahlia! Spectacular garden Mark has there! (does he blog?) And what a nice mom you are for giving out these teacher bouquets. I did the same for my girls until highschool...something to do with not looking cool anymore...haha!

  14. Those are the most gorgeous Dahlias I've ever seen. It would of been hard to choose from so many beautiful types. ;)

  15. Wow! your friend Mark has a gorgeous garden...what brilliant colors..!

  16. WOW! Gorgeous!
    I understand why you looked like a kid in a canddy store!

    Have a nice Sunday :)

  17. Tatyana, those dahlias are truly spectacular! What a beautiful garden your friend, Mark has, and such a variety of colors and types. I'd be so happy to have a bouquet of those glorious flowers.
    Wonderful sunflowers too, and so nicely weeded (unlike mine) :)
    Thanks for visiting and saying hello!

  18. what a great garden!! Nice friend to have indeed. Will have to think about putting some Dahlias in the new garden....but oh the choices!!

  19. oh my goodness what a lovely bunch of dahlias. Each one of blooms is so cute. i am waiting impatiently for dahlia season coming forth in a fortnight. thanks for sharing these wonderful blossoms with us. i am saving these pics in my laptop and will show them to give me seeds for all these or atleast the seedlings.

  20. Heaven...I'm not sure I would have ever left. I tried to pick a favorite picture, but that are just too many I love. Your boys have some very lucky teachers. Thanks so much for sharing with us, I must say I am inspired to plant some next year! Kim

  21. I fell in love with these richly colored dahlias and your photos.
    Interestingly, a few blocks from my house is a garden with a riot of dahlias in full bloom, and after church today, I stopped and took some photos.
    I have admired that garden for years, but now took some photos and then got home to see your fabulous collection and blog post.

  22. Amazing! Wish I were a teacher ;->

  23. Wow, what a spectacular show of dahlias, Tatyana. I love it very very much.

  24. Oh my, how beautiful! Makes my one dahlia plant look sick ;-) What a glorious garden he has. Does he have to dig all of them up for the winter?
    Your pictures are beautiful as usual. The yellow ones are just spectacular.

  25. What a beautiful garden he has! I love the first one especially, what neat coloring.

  26. Wow! Such an amazing collection of flowers! I want to go there too! Thanks for sharing those pictures. They are a delight. Thanks for the link to my blog. I really appreciate it.

  27. Gorgeous Dahlias! Must have been such a treat to have been there and to receive the bouquets!

  28. Heavens, what an amazing display. What surprises me about dahlias is how late in the season they continue to bloom. Wish I had room for them. Your boys (and their teachers) are very lucky to have such a dedicated mum.

    Thanks, Tatyana, for the seeds, which I just came across. Someone had put the mail in a safe place -- which, of course, meant no one knew where it was.

  29. Wow indeed!
    What a garden!
    Your kid's teachers are very lucky!


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