June 22, 2017

Dahling Dahlia

Dahlia 'Starsister Light Pink Picotee'

Janine Pineo Photo | Dahlia 'Starsister Light Pink Picotee'

THE WEEKEND EDITION (So big it covers two days)

Back a few centuries – the 1500s, to be exact – came the first description of what would become known as the dahlia, a native of Mexico, Colombia and Central America. The Europeans got involved two centuries later, monkeying with the name (Dahlia vs. Georgina?) as well as the breeding, including getting double blossoms, which at the time meant more than a single row of petals. How all that came about is a little murky with plants grown and lost and grown again, but it somehow got us to the pictured Dahlia ‘Starsister Light Pink Picotee.’ This dwarf dahlia only reaches about a foot in height, but it is a prodigious bloomer if deadheaded regularly. In the fall, if one desires, the tuber that has formed from the planting of the seed earlier in the year can be dug and wintered over. Now that’s star quality.

Dahlia 'Starsister Light Pink Picotee'

Janine Pineo Photo | Dahlia 'Starsister Light Pink Picotee'