Oh my goodness, I was so excited when I realised it was time for Jane's monthly 'Flowers in the House' post today.
Because of course aside from being a skite, and accidental grower of astonishingly beautiful dahlias, this is the time when they are truly looking beautiful, and are still prolific enough to bowl me over each time I see them holding court in the garden.
Dahlias in the bathroom, along with a little gone-to-seed dill, and a lacey hydrangea.
Nature never fails to amaze.
Dahlias in the garden. Dahlias in the entrance, and dahlias in the hall.
Dahlias in jars. Dahlias in bottles. Dahlias in teacups. Dahlias in beautiful ceramics.
Can one ever have too many dahlias?
I don't think so.
Dahlias in the store.
There are plenty to go around - for now.
I confess that I am desperately trying to keep them flowering for the house tour, and I fear that I'm losing the battle.
Come March 1st and I'm afraid that the only things in the garden will be big fat dahlia-fed caterpillars. Plus I can tell the flowers are already smaller, and don't have the staying power they usually have.
Any advice from real gardeners gratefully received!!(Please!)
Don't worry though, I'll enjoy them while I can!