Monday, September 22, 2008

Dahlia Festival 2008 – Day One - Red Dahlias

Dahlia Festival 2008 – Day One
Red Dahlias

Since this is my Ruby Tuesday post for the week today’s Dahlias are all red. The deal was supposed to be for pictures with only a little red in them, oh well. The first flower was photographed at the Paul Callahan Dahlia Garden in Oyster Bay, New York. I have to admit I love the flowers that have the white tips. This cultivar is the Informal Decorative Dahlia ‘Bert Pitt’.

Thanks to Ruby Tuesday I am no longer afraid to try and photograph red flowers. They still don’t come out all of the time but at least I am trying. This next Dahlia was photographed at White Flower Farm in Litchfield, Connecticut. It is a prominent mail order nursery that specializes in new and hard to get varieties. They have a pretty extensive garden at the farm. ‘Black Wizard’ was one of the darkest red Dahlias I have seen in a long time. The color is close in the photos but it looked even darker from further away. The closer you get to the center of the flower the darker it gets. ‘Black Wizard’ is a Dinnerplate Dahlia although it seems to have Cactus type petals too.



This next Dahlia was marked ‘Striped Vulcan’ but I am not too sure. It looks more like plain old ‘Vulcan’. I couldn’t find a real definite answer. It was pretty regardless of the name.


This last one has been growing in a pot at the Estate. The plant stayed small but it had pretty good sized flowers. It might have stayed small since it is in one of the few pots that don’t get regular water. The label said ‘Chocolate’ and it turns up after a search that there quite a few Dahlias with the word chocolate in the name. So which one it was is a mystery.



Thanks for visiting. For more Ruby Tuesday and red pictures visit the teach @ Work of the Poet a little later today.

14 comments:

Jim/ArtofGardening said...

Well, you certainly covered the range of reds - from blushed pinks to screamin' orange. Nice shots.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Such beautiful dahlias! I wish I didn't have to dig them out of the ground in fall, though. Happy Ruby Tuesday!

dot said...

These dahlias are gorgeous! I love all the different colors.

Paz said...

Beautiful!

Paz

Raven said...

Wow... what a beautiful series of photos.

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Well, as I've said on your blog before, I love dahlias. And this time, I have to say, I really love that Black Wizard dahlia.

magiceye said...

all so beautiful!!

Ivon said...

Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing.

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.

lucy said...

Your photos are simply amazing. I am just beginning to try my hand at this close up technique and I hope that I can shoot anything near a nice as you have. Beautiful!

ellen b said...

Such beautiful dahlias. What a wonderful variety. I love these rubies and all the other ones in the other posts too.

the teach said...

Lordie, Lordie, Digital, your dahlias are exquisite! truly gorgeous! Happy Ruby Tuesday!

Alison Hughes said...

I have fallen in love with the picture (dahliachocfestwebcc.jpg) in my search for an image to be printed onto wallpaper. Could I please have your permission to use this image (without the watermark)?

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Hi Alison,

I think something can be arranged. Please email me through my profile page or digital flower pictures at yahoo.com. Take out the spaces and use the @ sign.