Mostly it's the heat, but in Western Washington it stayed cool through July, and despite the fact that elsewhere there were droughts and firestorms and tornadoes, the local whining was horrific.
Everywhere, that is, except for Lynch Creek Farm. The Farm crew was loving the weather.
Some strange combination of a cold spring, a cool early summer, and a warm (not hot, just warm) dry August has worked together to produce the most stunning displays of dahlia flowers anyone at the Farm can remember. The moist early growing season brought on strong, healthy plants and abundant buds; the dry blooming season means perfect blossoms.
And then there are just the natural characteristics of dahlias that make them so beloved by growers: their terrific stems, the wide variety of forms, and colors that simply glow. Brides have flocked to the farm, and there have always been plenty of their chosen varieties to fill their orders.
If you're in the South Puget Sound area, check out the dahlia bouquets at Lynch Creek Farm's booth at the Olympia Farmers Market (10-3 Thursdays through Sundays) or phone the farm at 427-8145 to arrange a field visit.
Best of all, in this Perfect Dahlia Year, is the result we can't see yet. This optimal growing season means wonderful, strong dahlia tubers are forming underground. When the flowers and plants succumb to the cooling temperatures of October and the tubers are dug for storage, they'll be in the best condition possible.
This year, Lynch Creek has an early-bird offering so dahlia lovers can make sure they get their first choice of varieties for planting next spring. Check out the online catalog and reserve your favorites now.