This past week end I was up at the mountain house doing some early Christmas decorating when suddenly something colorful caught my eye through the living room window. In the empty lot next door I saw a tall tree-like shrub with beautiful ruffled lavender flowers. It was just growing there, tall and out of place among the weeds and vines. At first I thought it was one more shrub with unusually pretty flowers but the more I looked at it the more I realized that the flowers resembled Dahlias. I was intrigued because nobody ever goes into that emtpy lot and it’s pretty much a thick overgrown jungle-like area of virgin land and I know for certain that nobody has been in there planting anything, let alone Dahlias. I’d also never seen or heard of a Dahlia tree. This thing was taller than me and it had a woody trunk. I grabbed my scissors and walked over there, keeping a watchful eye out for snakes (because you never know what might be lurking among the shrubs) Upon closer inspection I became more convinced that it was a Dahlia and I realized that there were actually about half a dozen of these interesting trees growing here and there on the mountainous piece of land. All of them were in full glorious bloom. With the help of the gardener I cut enough flowers for two bouquets just from one tree and there were still plenty left. Later that evening I searched online to see if there was such a thing as a Dahlia tree. I was only able to find one variety that is called Dahlia Imperialis which apparently comes in several colors including lavender but the pictures I saw online don’t seem to be as bright or as full as the flowers that I cut. So I came to the conclusion that either this is a little known Dahlia variety that grows in tropical countries (on a tree!), or it’s just a Dahlia Doppelganger. Either way, the flowers are lovely!
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