Dahlias – A Rustic Romance …

I visited the Helmingham Hall Autumn Plant Fair yesterday and was lucky enough to come across a stall selling bouquets of voluptuous ‘Dinner-Plate’ dahlias – which ( of course) I was unable to resist …

I had spent most of the afternoon taking photographs in the glorious walled garden and so the owners of the stall were packing away by the time I came back to buy my flowers. I chose a large bunch – comprised of a selection of ‘Cafe au Lait’, ‘Shiloh Noelle’ and  ‘Babylon Bronze’ – a gorgeous subtle orange in colour.

My plan was to take some images of these in a rustic setting, which I felt would suit their wildly romantic appearance. The flower heads are large and flouncy and the colours blended together beautifully.

The following are my favourite 3 photos from my collection of images.

The florists stall was run by Elizabeth and Alison from Suffolk Seasons Flower Farm in Cratfield, near Halesworth. Their stall appealed to me because of their wonderful dahlias – although it was the fact that they grow all their own flowers that really impressed me …

You can visit their website at -:

http://www.suffolkseasonsflowerfarm.co.uk

 

Weston Spanish Dancer

I was keen to do some flower photography after a lazy bank holiday weekend – and fancied the idea of taking some cut flower images. What better variety to choose than dahlias ?  I love it when ‘Dahlia Season’ comes around …

 

These striking dahlias were purchased from the award-winning Rob Sherriff at Tye barn in Honey Tye, Leavenheath – just a stone’s throw away from my home …

 

 

Weston Spanish Dancer is a miniature cactus dahlia – and certainly conveys the fiery impression of a passionate flamenco dance.

 

 

It is a fabulous dahlia to photograph and I highly recommended it as a cut flower. It is simply stunning.

Definitely a Top Ten Dahlia …