This is for Suzann and Joan. Bloodstone! The first dahlia of the summer. Not QUITE open, but I couldn’t wait.
Update on the others: Yellow Gem is opening, as well, and there are buds on Little Beeswings and Andries Orange (I think; it’s either that or the Kaiser Wilhelm). The Kaiser Wilhelm (or the Andries Orange) is slow-growing, kind of like the dahlias I’ve tried to grow in years past. Lots of leaves, but no sign of buds yet.