Sunday, 6 October 2013
A Day of Dahlias
A carnival of colour greeted me at West Dean Gardens today. In the walled gardens, between the brick and flint walls, and the white glinting glasshouses, the flower bed burst forth with a voluptuous display of dahlias. After a walk through the soft-hued autumnal orchard, these kaleidoscopic flowers seemed almost effervescent in the bright crystal sunshine. Soft sweet pinks blushed, jostling for space with brazen neighbours of sassy scarlet, temptress tangerine and flirtatious fuchsia. Flowers of pale lemon yellow beamed blissfully at the clear blue sky, whilst sophisticated pearl-whites looked down their petals at their audacious relations.