Dahlias in bloom. I wait all year for this. There may be many plants already flowering in the garden, but they’ve got nothing.  And I mean NOTH-ING on dahlias in bloom.

Dahlias in Bloom

This year I have quite a new new dahlias in my trial gardens, and Mystery Day is one of them.

Dahlias in Bloom 'Mystery Day' | Kelly Orzel

And while this new butterflies-in-the-tummy feeling I’m getting from getting my first look at MD, I know my one, true dahlia love is on its way.

Yes, you know who I mean …

The Cafe au Lait.

Dahlias in Bloom | Kelly Orzel

But I can’t help but share with you my (minor) disappointment in seeing her first bloom is more pinky than blush.

I know there is variation within these tubers so I’ll just have to wait another week for the rest of them begin to open and (hopefully) surprise me with lots of creamy loveliness.

It seems like my dahlias are a bit behind this year, not exactly sure why. But I’m thinking (and this is just a guess here) that we had a really chilly spring and start to summer and that is why they are so slow to bloom. But who cares?! They’re starting to flower now so I will forget all my worry and disappointment from the past two weeks of no dahlias. I’ll turn around and I know I’m going to be surrounded by dahlias in bloom.

Other Bloomers

In the meantime I will take heart in how the scented geraniums are coming along in the hoop house. It never ceases to amaze me the difference a few weeks makes …

Scented Geraniums in Bloom | Kelly Orzel

Even the Verbena Bonariensis I planted on one side of the greenhouse is happy .

Verbena Bonariensis | Kelly Orzel

So I will leave you with thoughts of blooming summer flowers ….