|My daffy dahlia - posing for its photo in the large terrace bed|
Whilst I was out in the garden last week, I noticed something slightly different in one of my bright yellow "dinner plate" dahlias. This plant is in its third season here and it's the first time I've seen a streak of red on any of the petals.
Just one flower is affected, so what's going on?
Four possible reasons spring to mind: environmental impact, genetic mutation, reversion, or a reaction to a virus.
It's all in the genes?
Going back to mum or dad
Give them a break
Quite often with a virus, infected plants get steadily weaker until they no longer bloom. This is what happened to some of the popular tulip varieties in the past. So next year I'll look for more red streaks on blooms and/or any signs of weakening of the plant.
What a living botany lesson my garden is turning out to be. There's always something new to observe and learn, so I'm adding a new Botany label to the blog - to gather together my lessons from VP Gardens.