Rick Martin took this photograph of an enormous dahlia which seems to be the result of natural cross-pollination occurring between the many varieties of this colourful Mexican that we grow in The Cut Flower Garden.
It appeared as a seedling, flourished and has now produced many tubers, which will naturally be identical to the parent plant. So now we have our very own variety, "The Drip Dahlia", with a very distinctive colour.
The orange tones of this giant are quite wonderful and if we can recreate that colour in paint or limewash it could be a valuable addition to the "Mexican" palette we are developing for the area in front of the house, near the red Luis Barragan-inspired entrance portico. These are the colours of the sun.