Friday, August 17, 2007

White Dahlia

White Dahlia

This is another Dahlia portrait. It is actually a white Dahlia but it has a little yellow in it, which seems amplified in these pictures. I took it at the farm where the roses are growing. I spent all day yesterday removing the spent flowers and getting rid of the diseased foliage and stems. Karen had to help me for half a day to get it finished. I am cleaning up all the weeds and dead leaves, which is a job in itself. I can then evaluate the individual rose bushes themselves. Some are actually the rootstock growing around the dead grafted top. The flowers on these are kind of nice however the plant itself is much to wild growing. I am going to remove them this fall. There are also some varieties that just aren’t making it. I will have to replace them in the spring. I will be able to add some of my favorite types then. I spent last night studying up on rose diseases. I have them all over there. I am going to have to do something. They have someone spraying them but it hasn’t been effective. Pruning out the diseased part and removing the leaf litter will be a good start on getting them healthy.

This is a shot of the full flower.


Ali said...

Beautiful yet again.

Annie in Austin said...

Maybe I should try a pale yellow Dahlia next year - it's lovely, but in this case, DFP, I like the full photo better... something about the pointed petals around the center reminds me too much of science fiction critters in Dune or Tremors!

You have quite a task at the rose garden - down here roses frequently sprout from Dr Huey rootstock. I've seen that rose hanging over old fences all over town.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

david mcmahon said...

Great shots, mate

Never grown dahlias, though we had hundreds in my Dad's garden when I was a kid.

Love your work.


RUTH said...

Once again some fabulous photos. Sounds like you've been busy!

Digital Flower Pictures said...

Annie and Ruth
I have never pruned Roses for 8 hour straight before so it is kind of a new experience. I have never smelled so many roses either.


Dahlias are better if someone else grows them. They can be a little finky sometimes.

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