Monday, July 27, 2009

Karma Cactus Dahlia

Cactus Dahlia
Dahlia 'Karma Bon Bini'

According to the Grower’s Exchange Nursery in Virginia the Karma series of Dahlias were bred especially for use as cut flowers. The flowers can have a vase life of 7 to 12 days when cut at a slightly immature stage. They also say, “the varieties in the Karma series have been selected for their keeping quality as well as their floriferousness, floral shape and color, and long, straight, sturdy stems with little or no lateral branching” Grower’s Exchange looks like a nice place to shop.

This Dahlia was growing at White Flower Farm in Licthfield, Connecticut. Yesterday I had to get out of the house and away from the computer hardware and software upgrades and decided to take a drive up to Litchfield County. It is, in my opinion, one of the nicer areas of our little state. Luckily both the D70s and D700 made the trip and when I was driving by WWF I decided to stop. The gardens were marvelous and the Dahlia border was just amazing. They had several ‘Karma’ series Dahlias and they are a really nice and by the looks of it well-behaved plant. There is a good range of colors, also. If anything the only thing I would complain about is the flowers are a little small for Dahlias but that would be very minor. I spent a couple of hours walking around until the thundershower came.

This will have to be my Ruby Tuesday post for this week. I noticed that I have been shying away from shooting red flowers again and Ruby Tuesday has again got me shooting the reds. See more Ruby Tuesday at Work of the Poet.

'Karma Naomi'


RuneE said...

You know yout flowers AND you photography. Excellent, as allways.

Thank you for the comment.

Arija said...

Absolutely wonderful Dahlia shots.
I roamed your blog and thoroughly enjoyed your photos. That little nest is a veritable gem.

Janet said...

I favor the 'Karma Naomi'--though all Dahlias are great. (could it be because it is red.???) How lucky for you to live so close to White Flower Farm. I love their catalogue.

marcia@joyismygoal said...

pretty pretty esp the last one

ellen b. said...

Dahlia's are such an interesting flower in all their varieties. Beautiful photos!!

Eaton Bennett said...

Gorgeous Dahlias, they used to grow in my garden when we lived in the country. Sometimes, with good rain they would be the size of small plates. Happy Ruby Tuesday! :)

Sara Chapman said...

Wow, what a dahlia (the top ones); I want one. Exquisite photos as usual.

I have a red and white dahlia blossom on my blog that was in a garden tour bouquet so I have no idea what it is, but a pretty one. Do you know its name? And a mystery double daylily as well.

Thanks so much for the hummer nest. I have never seen one, and did not know about the lichen shingles. Wonderful! As for the slugs, unfortunately, having lived in Sonoma County, CA, I know the petunia-devouring big guys all too well. Death by clippers is their fate when I see them. Fie on them!

ChrisJ said...

Karma Naomi is perfect -- and exactly the right shade of red for me.

Greyscale Territory said...

Wonderful variations of red tones in these flowers! Very beautiful!

Vicky said...

What gorgeous dahlia! love all your flowers post.

Carletta said...

I love that first shot showing the open bloom of red, yellow, and purple and a bud waiting in the wings!
Lovely shots!