GBBD: What the Dahlias are saying

Guess what Dahlia 'Spartacus' is saying

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.

Bees playing on Dahlia 'Happy Single Party'
The appropriately named D. 'Happy Single Party' - a fantastic dark-leaved dahlia I've grown before

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  1. Beautiful!
    Happy Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

  2. I mist admit to being more of a fan of the smaller singles ar the moment.

    1. They're my favourite too Sue as they're so good for insects, but I do indulge myself with a selection of the others too!

  3. The trouble with that 'Spartacus' is that he's so darned big-headed! (A little [very little] joke for your collection.) Happy Blooms Day, VP!

    1. Very good, especially as Kirk Douglas's head looks so very large on the screen owing to the 70mm film and projection technique used! My inner nerd has found this article on widescreen film projection... Super Technirama 70 is the one to look for in this instance A History of widescreen

      For those of you who don't know Kirk Douglas played Spartacus in the film of the same name, with a famous scene which I 'borrowed' for this post ;)

  4. Made me smile too. I love that colour.

    1. Expect to find it in a garden near you, Karen. Alison loved it too :)


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