One of my favorite things about dahlias is their bloom time, they grow in the summer and well into autumn. Tulips and peonies don’t last long, but the beauty of dahlias last a long time.
In need of a floral pick me up, I visited my favorite “secret garden,” the Mid Island Dahlia Society’s garden at Eisenhower Park. While the garden isn’t a real secret, it is tucked behind the Parks Department’s Administration Building so a casual visitor to the park can’t view it from the main road. A wrong turn lead me to garden a few years ago and I loved to visit it multiple times and usually the only thing I have to share the garden with is some rabbits and bees.
Last year, I may have visited during some off times, but there weren’t many dahlias growing. Usually, there are ten rows overflowing with dahlias, but last year I was lucky if one was growing while I was there. I hadn’t been to the garden yet this year and figured I would swing over to see if anything was growing and was met with so many dahlias that the visit definitely made up for last year.