Day 268: Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill'

Daily details from the garden to bring you inspiration throughout the year


Thanks to the unfaltering efforts of plant breeders over the decades, there’s probably a dahlia to suit every personality. Even, it could be argued, those who can’t abide dahlias. From the discipline and order of balls and pompons to the more unruly flamboyance offered by some of the cactus types, all are catered from – control freaks to free-spirits. Of course it’s more than likely that we all have complex personalities and, while there’s no reason why our dahlia collection can’t represent that, I always find myself drawn to the big showy dinner plate dahlias. This joyful jumble of ‘Otto’s Thrill’ at Wisley in 2017 was particularly memorable.

I realise that’s two days running I’ve posted a photo of a big pink dinner plate dahlia. I hope you’re not expecting an apology. If, like me, you’re hopelessly smitten by these outrageous flowers, you’ll love Naomi Slade’s wonderful book Dahlias. Beautiful varieties for home and garden, my review of which you can find here.

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