Sunday, January 24, 2010

Collarette Dahlia

Collarette Dahlia

Collarette Dahlias have been around a long time but they don’t seem to be as popular as some of the other types. This one had a nice color combination and was blooming profusely when I saw it at the Pau Callahan Dahlia Garden at Planting Fields Arboretum. Since it was not labeled it is just a guess that it is either 'Awaikoe' or ‘Double Trouble’.
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Here is the official description of the Collarette form:

A bloom will have a single row of flat or slightly cupped ray florets arranged in a flat plane; the ray florets will uniformly overlap, preferably in the same direction with no gaps. The petaloids surrounding the disc should be approximately one-half to two-thirds the length of the ray florets. Eight ray florets are most desirable. A round floret tip is preferred. The disc flower should contain evidence of pollen with up to three rows desirable.


It always funny to me that flowers have the technical and scientific side and the beautiful and striking side of their existence. You can look at flowers either way and still get a lot of enjoyment and pleasure form them. I guess I fall somewhere in the middle but am careful not to let too much information get in the way of enjoying the beauty.

There are not too many plants that when I see them I say to myself, “I don’t really like that”. Believe me that they are few and far between. However, this plant is not something I would have in my garden. The flower color is nice; you don’t see that deep a gold color all the time, but the leaves just don’t strike as something that looks good. Of course this is just a matter of personal taste and I guess I could see them planted around the edge of a vegetable garden. BTW I am not against variegated plants. There are some that I do truly love.

Tropaeolum majus
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Since we are shipping out to Hawaii tomorrow night I thought this Plumeria flower would be appropriate. It was blooming when we visited the Islands in October. It is nice to have family out there and I am looking forward to visiting with my sister and nephew again as well as doing some exploring. This trip includes a stop for a couple of days on Oahu, some time on Maui and a week on the Big Island. I will certainly be taking a lot of pictures and right now I am trying to decide what gear to take. I will be trying to update this site during the trip. Among other places this Plumeria Garden is on the list.

Dean Conklin Plumeria Grove

Common Frangipani
Plumeria rubra
(ploo-MEER-ee-a) (ROO-bruh)
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Here is a link to the Wikipedia article on Plumeria.

You will see that the flower figures into several tropical and religious cultures, including Hawaii where the flowers are used for leis and worn by women to indicate relationship status, over the right ear if seeking a relationship, and over the left if taken. The flowers can also be used medicinally in the treatment of dysentery.

It is plant with a fascinating story. This post is for a meme called Today’s Flowers . It is a lively group of gardeners and flower lovers from all over the world that post flower pictures on Sunday. It is always fun for me but I especially enjoy it this time of year.

15 comments: said...

Every week, I learn so much about flowers....I learn when I visit the others members of FLOWERS FROM TODAY..AND LEARN...WHEN I VSIIT U.

eileeninmd said...

Very pretty flowers and colors. I love the Dahlia!

My name is Riet said...

That dahlia is beautiful. I kove the two colours in it

Chubskulit Rose said...

Gorgeous Dahlia.

Lucky Bamboo

Carletta said...

These are all lovely but that dahlia is stunning - great macro shot!

Unknown said...

I love the nasturtium with the variegated leaves.

Johnny Nutcase said...

I love that first photo, great colors! beautiful flowers!

XoXo said...

Beautiful flower, the dahlia is so mesmerizing.

SandyCarlson said...

Mmm, mmm good. I think your photos are the official description of flowers!

Brad said...

These are some of the prettiest pictures ot the net; thank you! Brad @

Jama said...

Frangipani is quiet commonly found in Asia, as they thrive in hot climate. Over here in Singapore you can find them in parks and on the roadside.
I like the first picture, love the combination of colors. I don't think I've seen the flowers here.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

DFP: I think this type of Dahlia is the most beautiful, I grew them this year and they were so colorful.

Sara Chapman in Seattle USA said...

Hi Chris, great page of posts. I'm so jealous you are going to Hawaii! Flower heaven.

Back here in Seattle I console myself with sunny photos from the archives and the knowledge that the darkest two months are behind us. And the roses are showing signs of needing to be pruned. I've included pruning tips for people who are intimidated by rose pruning. If I've made any errors, please let me know.

Thanks, and have fun!


jabblog said...

Very interesting post. I haven't seen collarette dahlias before and we don't grow plumeria in UK. However, I love nasturtiums - bright and reliable, the petals and leaves are peppery additions to summer salads and the seeds can be eaten raw or pickled to make 'Poor Man's Capers' - a versatile plant, I think.

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