I couldn't resist a quite different Blooms Day post this month as this dahlia gave Alison and I a giggle at Mr Fothergill's trials site last week. It really is called 'Spartacus' and was my favourite from the hundred and three on display.
According to the National Dahlia Society it's classified in the Decorative Group and Large flower categories. They go on to say it was raised by M. Senior in the USA (where most of its suppliers appear to be), introduced in 1992, and suitable for exhibition purposes.
I'm going through a red phase at the moment, so a giant 4-5 foot high dahlia with a deep red blooms almost the size of my head fits my mood admirably. According to the RHS Plant Finder, this dahlia is only available from a couple of suppliers in the UK, so I hope it passes the trial and is listed in the next Woolmans catalogue.
There's more from the trials day to come, once I've stopped giggling ;)
Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.
|The appropriately named D. 'Happy Single Party' - a fantastic dark-leaved dahlia I've grown before|
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