Dahlia ‘Café au Lait’ photographed in
October 2018 after rainfall. I singled out a petal covered in
raindrops resulting in smooth lines that resembled patterns in
a cappuccino. Café au Lait is decorative and has flowers as
big as dinner plates and very popular for wedding bouquets.
Dahlia’s are stunning, long flowering and very photogenic
flowers. According to The National Dahlia Society, the Dahlia
has been in Europe for over two hundred years. It came from
Mexico to the Botanical Gardens in Madrid towards the end of
the eighteenth century. Today, there are cultivars in the form
of the waterlily, the paeony, the orchid, the chrysanthemum
and the anemone, then there are the main formations like the
decorative, the cactus and semi-cactus types and the ball
forms that have as their smallest relative the popular Pompon
dahlias that beguile so many gardeners.