I think we need a bit of colour after the last couple of days of the most awful, wet and windy weather, don't you? I know very little about Dahlias and have never grown them and if I'm honest have never really taken much notice of them but the ones we saw on Saturday were delightful and just what was needed to lift the spirits after last week's miserable weather - and this without even knowing what awful weather we would be subject to on Sunday and Monday! The weather reporters said that Saturday would be a dry and sunny day and so it proved.
We always always try and visit the Dorothy Clive Gardens at least once each year. When we lived closer to the gardens in a small village on the way to Market Drayton we used to buy a season ticket but since we moved into the city we don't visit as regularly. For some reason we hadn't got round to visiting this year, again probably due to the awful spring and summer weather, so on Saturday it was time to rectify that.
I'm hoping I'm right when I say that all
these different flowers in their various colours and shapes
some with tightly closed petals and some with more open or spiky petals
are Dahlias, please let me know if they aren't!
There were other forms of wildlife in the garden too!
At last after waiting most of the summer we saw butterflies
lots of them!
also a cat on a mission - I wonder what she was watching so intently?
and a Chester rhino called Blossom! She was designed by artist Sarah Jane Richards, who took her inspiration from the beautiful gardens of Cheshire, for the 'Rhino Mania' rhino trail held in Chester two years ago.