Photograph: To draw in light.

I have mixed feelings about dahlias.  When I was growing up during the 60s and 70s, they were very popular garden flowers in the UK.  I remember them filling up my childhood garden alongside the vegetables that my parents attempted to grow while holding down a young family and full-time jobs.  I certainly didn’t fully appreciate dahlias then, and I’m not sure they are my favourite now.

Towards the end of the 70s and early 80s dahlias went out of favour in Britain, appearing to only be loved by those who wished to show them at local horticultural and agricultural shows.

But it would seem that dahlias are coming back into favour now, and I am seeing them in most Canadian gardens now.  It is probably because they continue to flower throughout the late summer and into autumn, bringing colour to a garden that is slowly preparing for the…

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