Dahlias the Size of My Head

Last Friday the Superhero and I snuck off for a two day jaunt to Western Massachusetts. While we had fun I managed not to take my usual 200 photos but really only a few in Shelburne Falls, a quaint village with a fantastic organic market, McKuskers. May I say sublime avocado and sprout sandwich! The town is on a river and has glacial potholes and a lovely falls, the Salmon Falls.  It is also home to artist’s galleries, artist’s cooperatives, and the famous Bridge of Flowers. Everything was in full bloom and the dahlias were spectacular and really, the size of my head. Here are a few shots so you can see what I mean.  My favorite was the white bloom with an egg yolk yellow center and the faintest lilac on the tips of the petals. But really when you see a six inch flower head, well, nature never fails to amaze.  And the bees, all manner of species were happily sipping nectar and buzzing and flitting from bloom to bloom.  Can you say honey bar?

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13 Responses to “Dahlias the Size of My Head”

  1. Nina Lise@Mrs Moen September 11, 2012 at 10:51 am #

    Gorgeous! We should print them out and hang them on the wall just to remind ourselves that the rain will stop. Eventually.

  2. Snap September 11, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    WOW! Talk about bursts of color!

  3. Bleubeard and Elizabeth September 11, 2012 at 11:26 am #

    I can tell these flowers get lots of water. My sunflowers and wild flowers look NOTHING like these. What a beautiful day you two must have had. Sounds idyllic in fact.

  4. Janet Ghio September 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    Gorgeous gardens-would love to go walking there and see those huge dahlias in person.

  5. cat @ sea.sky.stone. September 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Good food, art, flowers, and some pretty scenery…that’s my idea of the perfect jaunt!

  6. Dawn September 11, 2012 at 6:16 pm #

    Hi Corrine, what gorgeous pics, thank-you so much for posting them. Lol, I swear I am a colour magpie, not glittery/shiny stuff me, just glorious unbridled colour.
    Thank-you so so much for your lovely comments on my blog today, any input is always so gratefully received. The lovely Terrie Purkey, aka Creative Explorer, highly recommended your blog to me and I am delighted to have been pointed in your direction, your work truly sings to me and the colours are definitely after my own heart ha ha. I have to admit to being woefully poor at commenting sometimes, I try my hardest to get around all my fave blogs regularly but with 2 youngies to look after time can fall short a little.
    Bug hugs from the uk (cornwall) x x x x

  7. Kim Andersen September 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    just gotta love dahlias 🙂

    I frequently crave avocado and sprout sandwiches – and no one serves sprouts anymore – and I can’t find them in the store – what’s up with that? I guess I could sprout my own …..

  8. Dorthe September 11, 2012 at 6:59 pm #

    They are so very FANTASTIC dear Corrine- I have a lot in my garden , but they are not that ebautiful, this year,-because of missing rain in the spring…
    Hugs from Bornholm 🙂 Dorthe

  9. Terrie -Creative Explorer September 11, 2012 at 7:07 pm #

    I see Dawn found you – thought she might enjoy your style as much as I do. Dan loves dahlias and we grow them – we have a few of those dinnerplate sized ones and our best, largest, most lush one is a deep burgundy red and probably 10-12″ across. It’s amazing! I’ve never seen one like that white one and you’re right,it’s a stunner!!

  10. annie! September 11, 2012 at 7:40 pm #

    Oh YUm…Meee! I can see this being all kinds of inspiration for you.

  11. Lisa Graham September 12, 2012 at 1:45 pm #

    I do the same thing…take a billion photos every new place I visit. Looks very serene there. Did you save me any avocado sandwich? 🙂

  12. Denise September 12, 2012 at 1:56 pm #

    Thanks for visiting my “I’m A Late Bloomer” feature today.
    Your photos are so pretty, I love Dahlias and can never get enough photos. What a beautiful place to visit.
    Your blog looks very spiced up as well…nice!

  13. Dianne Nunn September 13, 2012 at 4:59 am #

    Love these scrumptious flowers: they have come back in fashion here but are so expensive to buy at present.
    thanks for sharing those lovely blooms.

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