Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pokers

It is funny how you can be somewhere, especially in a formal garden, and remember childhood days. I was 10 when we moved into our new home. And I can vividly remember my dad saying this soil is no-good and it needs improving. Having worked as a child on a farm, he decided to plant the garden with potatoes to improve the soil. It worked!

Once his potatoes were finished, he created borders and laid the turf. He then built my mum a greenhouse and she would grow the seeds for the bedding plants for summer and winter. Anemone’s, impatiens, geraniums, petunias, red-hot pokers, and marigolds to name a few. With the gladioli, standing proud giving height and definition to the borders.

One of the first things he put in the garden, was roses. He loved roses. Mind you I don’t think the neighbours went much on his rose garden… especially as he bought bags of horse manure for them to be planted with. πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

Another favourite of his was dahlias.

A photograph of a rich red pom-pom dahlia photographed at Great Comp Gardens, near Sevenoaks in Kent.

Camera Settings

Camera: Canon EOS 600D
Lens: Canon EF-S18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM
F/Number: f/7.1
ISO: 100
Focal Distance: 27 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/13 sec
Photograph Date:
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic and On1 Photo RAW 2023

He loved dahlias, especially red-ones… in fact, he liked any flower which was red. And I remember as a child, the ear-wigs that used to crawl out from them.

How funny it is … when flowers bring back those wonderful memories… it feels just like it happened yesterday. That pom-pom dahlia bought back happy childhood memories.

Even the Red-Hot Pokers bring back memories of my mum threatening the rabbit he’ll be in a pie if he does it again… πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

A photograph of a red-hot poker photographed at Great Comp Gardens

Camera: Canon EOS 70D
Lens: Canon EF-S60mm f/2.8 Macro USM
F/Number: f/4.0
ISO: 100
Focal Distance: 60 mm

Shutter Speed: 1/500 sec
Photograph Date: 31.07.2022
Photographer: Bren
Software: Adobe Lightroom Classic

Memories of my mum tenderly nurturing these plants, and planting them out and then screaming out loud as the rabbit bit the red-hot poker at the base and was happily hopping around the garden with the flower out of his mouth.

Even though I detest gardening… my limit is a few tubs and grass… I do admire the hard-work that gardeners do, to provide colourful floral displays. And when I saw these two flowers at Great Comp Gardens near Sevenoaks, it was just nostalgic.

Does anybody else see a flower and think of childhood memories for someone you no longer see? If so, drop us a comment below.

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13 responses to “Pom-Pom Dahlia and Pokers”

  1. Nice post, Bren, my mother adored working on her flowers and vines. She would be outside in her nightgown at the crack of dawn nurturing them. We miss mom!

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    1. My mum did the same… Water then plants before it gets too hot.πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

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  2. What great memories attached to flowers, love it! My dad was crazy for red flowers too. My mom found rabbits a constant challenge, chewing down her pansies as soon as they were planted, and even the marigolds. Sunflowers were a big part of our prairie gardens, and hollyhocks were always prolific with bees, outside our childhood home. Later, Russian sage grew as a hedge, full of bees, also double poppies, and Angels Trumpet, and nicotania β€”- all of which the rabbits had no interest inβ€” so they moved on to the lettuce patch.

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    1. Oh we had hollyhocks as well. My mum could never grow sunflowers… Think they didn’t like the soil.

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  3. Gorgeous photos πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Cee xx

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  4. Our nearby bluebell wood reminds me of my dad and roses do too. He would often go off with a bucket to collect horse manure for them that he’d found on a nearby street.

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    1. My dad used to go to the local stables… It stunk for ages πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. Mind you were had beautiful roses xx

      It is funny the things you remember … Such wonderful memories.

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  5. Sweet recollections and photos.

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  6. That first shot’s particularly gorgeous, Bren. I like red hot pokers too and I really liked the story about your father. Such good memories. Our house had lots of peonies which are lovely but when you bring them inside, you usually got some ants as well. πŸ™‚


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    1. Oh yes, the ant problem…before we had our garden done… Werner only got tubs now.. but are fighting a battle with slugs and snails. And we have to be careful using pesticides cos of the dog. They’ve completely demolished one tub.


      1. We’ve successfully used beer for slugs. Not sure it would work for snails.


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