Black List

Bishop of Llandaff dahlia.What is it with the Bishops?  There is a run on ecclesiastical dahlia naming.  We have got the Bishop of Llandaff in two flowerbeds and the sister in law has just had Bishop of Auckland foisted on her.  Could it be something to do with cassock colours? Anyway, the point of singling out black as a reoccuring theme, is to do with the slateyness and dulling down of foliage.  For instance, our house is plastered and painted sugar-mouse pink.  Dark colours sing against it.

Dahlias give a colour zip from now until the first frosts.  Many have wonderful dark brooding foliage.  The white flowered forms can be even more intense.


  1. Helen says:

    It has been my observation that “Bishops” are often subjects of jokes in spite of them being the paragons of religiousity… Could it be that the flowers named so are kind of comical in their appearance? Could it also be that the breeders who named them are running out of creativity just like the “bishops” who are stuck with traditions? 🙂

    Thanks for your kind visit to my blog. It’s always nice to read a comment from a visitor.

  2. Happy Single Flame, another dark leaved variety with vivid red and yellow centre, shorter in height compared to Bishop of Llanduff

  3. Bernie says:

    The foliage is just so beautiful and a marvellous contrast for the flowers. Not sure about the naming of these beauties … does seem a bit strange.

    Sorry to hear you had trouble when you visited my blog … I’m not sure what that is about either!!!! I hope that music didn’t stay in your head for too long!

  4. hazeltree says:

    the cassock colour theory sounds good…and certainly the Bishop of Llandaff, is such a catchy name…but do you lift them when the frosts come or do you cut them down and cover them with compost and pray?

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