Sissinghurst Cactus Dahlias


This is a mystery post. I don’t know what a cactus dahlia is, but they like them in London, as the <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1832&amp;entry_id=1656" title="http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/main.jhtml?xml=/gardening/2008/02/02/garden-dahlia102.xml" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.telegraph.co.uk/gardening/main.jhtml?xml=/gardening/2008/02/02/garden-dahlia102.xml’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Daily Telegraph</a> has a whole article about cactus dahlias at Sissinghurst.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">There are two very old dahlias in the coral-pink-orange range that I can recommend. The first is the cactus variety ‘Pontiac’. I first saw this in the bright and intensely colourful cottage garden at Sissinghurst and I’ve now grown and loved it for years.<br />
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It has far fewer petals than most cactus dahlias and is all the nicer for it.</span><br /></div><br />I’ve done some research for you on this strange topic and found out that, &quot;<a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1833&amp;entry_id=1656" title="http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8500.html" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-8500.html’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Cactus dahlias</a> have somewhat tubular shaped petals that curve backwards for over one-half of their length.&quot; <br /><br />Alright, I still don’t understand. Is the word &quot;cactus&quot; just a modifier? Does it have any meaning? Let’s try <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1834&amp;entry_id=1656" title="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlia" onmouseover="window.status=’http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlia’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">wikipedia</a>.<br /><br /><div style="margin-left: 40px;"><span style="font-style: italic;">The American Dahlia Society recognizes 19 distinct bloom forms:<br />
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<strong> Formal Decorative<br />
</strong> Informal Decorative<br />
<strong> Straight Cactus<br />
</strong> Semi Cactus<br />
* Incurved Cactus…</span><br /></div><br />Ahhh… it’s a label to distinguish certain elements of the dahlia blooms!<br /><br />
From <a href="https://cactusjungle.com/archives/blog/exit.php?url_id=1835&amp;entry_id=1656" title="http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/dahlia/dahlia_0953.php" onmouseover="window.status=’http://www.sunnygardens.com/garden_plants/dahlia/dahlia_0953.php’;return true;" onmouseout="window.status=”;return true;">Sunny Gardens</a> I’ve borrowed a photo:<br /><br /><img width="260" hspace="5" height="260" border="0" src="/blog/uploads/misc/0953.jpg" /><br /><br />Now we know what one looks like.<br /><br />


    
    
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