Saturday, December 19, 2009

Orange Dahlia

Dahlia 'Neon Splendor'

This Dahlia came in marked ‘Neon Splendor’ but appeared to have a little more color then most pictures of the cultivar. The flowers were nice and the plant grew pretty well considering our rainy and gloomy conditions this summer. It really produced a lot of flowers and they looked good wedged in between ‘Babylon Red’ and ‘Tahiti Sunset’ in the Dahlia Garden. If your going to grow orange flowers it might as well be intensely colored like ‘Neon Splendor’.

It is time to batten down the hatches around here. The forecast keeps changing but it looks like 8 to 12 inches (20 cm - 30.5 cm) of snow for tonight and tomorrow. Ugh, high winds too. There is a blizzard warning for Long Island and that isn’t too far from here. Granted they are stuck out in the ocean but I have the feeling it is going to be bad around here. In some ways the impending storm is worse than the actual storm and aftermath. I always get a little sense of impending doom when, like this storm, it takes so long to get here.

Just to make sure I checked what conditions have to be met for a Blizzard Warning to be issued. From here is the definition. It doesn’t sound too good:

Blizzard Warning

Snow, strong winds and low temperatures will combine to produce a blinding snow, deep drifts and life threatening wind chill. This means temperatures below 20 degrees Fahrenheit/6 degrees Celsius and winds above 35 mph/56 kph.”

This is another Dahlia shot from the summer.

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