Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Vee's Note Card Party - September



It's time for Vee's Note Card Party - held once a month. Lots of great photos there and lovely people to visit with. 

This month I'm featuring dahlias. They are such great flowers to have in a garden because they bloom and bloom - for several months - dying off only with the first frost. Hopefully that's a month or more away for us.


When we moved into this house 11 years ago, Pat and Wendy lived across the back fence. That first day, they handed over a plate of lemon bars, which led to many more conversations. And they grew dahlias. Rows and rows of them. They supplied several florists in town, and often handed bouquets of them over the fence. It was because of them that I because interested in growing dahlias.


During the two years we lived up Island, Pat and Wendy moved away because of Pat's health. He later passed away. I don't know where Wendy is living now, but I never look at a dahlia without thinking of them and their kindness.


The photo above is the only one previously posted on my blog, and sadly, it's the one dahlia that I lost last winter. I'm going to look for a replacement because I love the watercolor effect on the petals plus that gorgeous deep color.


Thanks once again to Vee for hosting this linky party.

34 comments:

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What bright bursts of color! These would make beautiful cards or framed art! Beautiful choices! Hugs!

Linda Walker said...

Beautiful! Lovevly photos for a set of notecards!
Linda
mysewwhatblog.blogspot.com

Pamela Gordon said...

Absolutely gorgeous dahlia blooms! Love the colours in them all. What a sweet memory of your back yard fence neighbours. Perfect photos for notecards, Lorrie!

Lavender Cottage said...

Gorgeous dahlias, one flower I never grow, but I love to see the ones others do.
Judith

Friko said...

I love dahlias too. They are considered old-fashioned and a fussy person’s plant here. As I completely disregard fashion everywhere else, why not in my garden too.

Gorgeous blooms, your dahlias; I hope you find the one you lost.

Vee said...

Though I've grown dahlias, they have never looked like these. I am particularly fond of the third one with the combination of yellow and pinks. Beautiful! I hope that you learn where Wendy might be. Seems as if you had some very special neighbors. I like the borders that you gave your photographs. It really sets them off and makes them look so handsome. Gotta love crisp, clear photography!

Beth said...

Your dahlias are stunning! It is so great to have them and to remember the kindness of others.

podso said...

A beautiful set of notecards...bright and cheery. You should think of printing them!

Linda Jo said...

Beautiful! I'm going to join that one day!

Happyone said...

Flowers are always a good choice for note cards. They make everyone smile. Yours are beautiful.

Cheryl said...

Gorgeous photos here, Lorrie! I guess I didn't know that there was such variety in dahlias...so beautiful. Thank you for sharing the extra meaning behind your photos and these flowers.

Kati said...

Your photos are gorgeous! My favorite one is probably the second one. I love how the light is shining on it.

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

STUNNING flowers - your pics are amazing. So sorry about losing your Dahlia - that was/is my favorite. WOW. Well done.

Judy ~ My Front Porch said...

So lovely...your dahlias. I lost all of mine to frost last winter (don't ask)...and missed having dahlias this year.

JoAnn ( Scene Through My Eyes) said...

OH such lovely flowers - they grow so well in this climate.

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Stunning! The dahlias are so beautiful and your photography skills are very evident, too! Wonderful note cards!

Little Birdie Blessings said...

Lorrie, your dahlias are stunning. I particularly like the last one with the watercolor effect. Thanks for visiting my blog. So happy that Vee hosts this notecard party. I need to look around here. Looks like a great place to land this morning. ~ Abby

bj said...

Love these beautiful cards...
and that 5th photo could be the box cover. :)

Maryann said...

It has been many years since I have grown Dahlias, yours are beautiful, these certainly would make lovely note cards

Carol said...

I love dahilias! My grandma Minnie grew them. One year for my October birthday she made me a beautiful dahilia corsage to wear for the party. A big black spider crawled out while I was wearing the corsage! I still love dahilias!

Smiles,
Carol

Helen Philipps said...

Gorgeous dahlias! I love them and must plant some more of them in my garden for next year. Your photos are beautiful too.
Helen x

Mary said...

They are such beautiful blooms Lorrie - always looks so clean. We grew them when I was a child - some were gigantic and had to be staked when the heads were so heavy.
I hope some day you are able to each your long lost friend.

Lovely cards all - that second one, the pure pink bloom, is so pretty.
Hugs - Mary

Brenda @ Its A Beautiful Life said...

I really like dahlias...and your collection is especially lovely.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

I think dahlias are the stars in our autumn gardens taking over from the faded glory of the summer perennials.
Big and blowsy - wonderful for picking and photography.
I love this set of cards - perfect!
(funny as I almost used my dahlias today too)! Great minds and all that!

What a lovely memory of your kind neighbours.

Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams said...

Your Dahlia's are so beautiful...loving those colors. And what kind neighbors you had, how kind of them to do that.

Jen

materfamilias said...

When you speak of losing them in the winter, I wonder if you lift them or not. I've never bothered with dahlias because they seem too much work (well, I had some from my dad at one point, but because I never lifted, they eventually disappeared. . . )

Donna said...

These are gorgeous! I'd love to know of good mail order sources for dahlia bulbs, if you can recommend some. I had every intention of planting some this year and I never got around to it. Of course, I would use them for photo subjects!

Jeanne said...

It takes patience and skill to grow such beautiful flowers. Dahlias are one of my favorites. These would make a great set of note cards for any occasion.

Dawna Motz said...

These are beautiful pictures Lorrie! WOW what color and details, up close and personal! God is such a wonderful creator! Thanks for sharing, I am off to see what I can find to post and join the party!

Jodi-Marie said...

Beautiful flowers and what a touching story to go with them. I don't have Dahlias in my garden yet but these have really made me want to add some next year.

Mrs.Rabe said...

Lorrie - those Dahlia's....wow!

My favorite is the last one. Gorgeous color!

Deanna

Nancy Vance said...

Oh, how beautiful!! I've never grown dahlias - you say they are easy? I'd like to give them a try and your photos just about make my mouth water! Great color and focus. I especially like the closeups. By the way, I remember a TV move many, many years ago about the "Black Dahlia." Anyone ever heard of it?

kyllimarjaana said...

BEAUTIFUL !!!

Happy@Home said...

Having just returned from your corner, I have a new found love of dahlias. They are such beautiful flowers and you have captured them so well in your note cards. How nice to be reminded of your thoughtful neighbor when you look at them.