Posted: 16/09/2017 at 11:00
Thankyou Fidget and Donkey - I do dead head my dahlias generally but somehow must have missed seeing the transition from bloom to finished bud in my Bishop of Auckland, probably because I've not been well enough to get out gardening enough this year, or possibly because so many other finished flowers are more obviously dead.
Now I think of it, I remember being thrilled at one point earlier on this summer when I noticed how many more flowers had appeared this year...
...last year it only had about 3 - this year possibly more than a dozen (more than in this photo) I dead headed a few that were clearly finished but must have just not connected the blooms with the finished buds, I suppose because they look too glossy to be dead.
i shall watch out for the flattened buds next year - it's probably too late to deadhead this arrangement but I shall try it anyway. Thanks again both.