Posts Tagged ‘dahlia’

A Riot of Color in Foggy, Foggy Golden Gate Park: It’s August in the Dahlia Dell! – Big Flower Show Coming Aug. 17-18, 2013

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

As it looks this season:

All the deets:

August 17th & 18th, 2013, Dahlia Society of California, County Fair Building/Golden Gate Park, 9th & Lincoln Avenues, San Francisco

But whatever you do, don’t ask about the Walk of Shame at the next meeting! It’s just too shameful:

“Program: Deborah will present her interactive Walk of Shame where you learn which are major show sins and which are minor ones.”

Now check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

As seen just east of our Conservatory of Flowers:

Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia now – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance.

An annual eardrum buzz in GGP:

Colour hidden in the park.

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See you there!

The Dahlia is the Official Flower of San Francisco, So Why is This Year’s Show in Freaking San Jose?

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

(You know what, girlfriend, I’m just raising the issue on this one, I don’t have all the deets.)

So, we’ve got the official flower of San Francisco busting out in Golden Gate Park right now, you know, a burst of late summer color just when most of the other flowers in GGP have gone away, and now I see that our big annual show, the American Dahlia Society National Dahlia Festival and Competition, is going to be way down there in San Jose this year on August 20-21?

So, we’ve got a whole bunch of dahlia sitting out there in Golden Gate Park (right there just east of the Conservatory of Flowers, you know that building what cost $25,000,000 to fix up) right now and we’ve got a Hall of Flowers Building right there near 9th Avenue and Lincoln as a place to host the show, as per usual, but we don’t have the show in 2011?

I cry foul.

What did you do, Rec and Park, drive away yet another event? You know, with your fees and whatnot?

I cry foul once again.

Anywho, here’s a big old bumblebee what just looooves our Dahlia Garden. But look out for that stinger – don’t mess with Texas!

Click to expand – Canon 1D Mark II with 70-200 mm 2.8 IS Classic with totally sick 500D close-up lens attachment (that I sure as Hell didn’t pay $400 for$100 is more like it, back in the day. Later on I got proper macro lenses…)

Speaking of which, we’ve also fee’d away other annual traditions, like when we sent the Love Parade over to the East Bay. You know, after just killing last year’s effort outright. Good-bye LovEvolution.

Looking at you, Rec and Park, looking at you, MayorWilleBrownGavinNewsomEdleeDowntown dynasty:

Via W. Kilinger’s Photostream 

Sometimes I just don’t know.

J’accuse!

J’accuse J’accuse J’accuse!

What will we lose next?

Visit Your Golden Gate Park Rose Garden at Funston and Fulton, Why Not? It’s In Full Bloom These Days

Monday, July 18th, 2011

I don’t go around our Yelp four-star-rated Rose Garden too much as I generally save my flower viewing time for the Yelp five-star-rated Dahlia Dell near our Conservatory of Flowers.

But San Francisco’s official flower doesn’t really get going until August so roses will have to do until then.

Can you see the photographer here, with the Twinflash hanging off the lens and a water spray bottle hanging off the belt? That’s how some of them do it:

Via Glenn Franco Simmons – click to expand

Oh, and here’s my effort, on a dreaded sunny in the West Bay, showing people milling about the plots:

All right, see you there!

Dahlia Show Coming to the Hall of Flowers in Golden Gate Park This Weekend

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

As seen near the Conservatory of Flowers:

Well, O.K. then. Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia these days – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance. And also check out the upcoming flower show:

The annual Dahlia Show will take place on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 10am to 5pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm at the Hall of Flowers, 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way.”

An annual eardrum buzz in GGP:

See you there.

A riot of late-summer colour hidden in the park.

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Honey Bees Enjoy the End of Dahlia Season in Golden Gate Park

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Autumn is almost here, so the bees of San Francisco are working overtime before these Dahlia blooms die off.

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Good luck, little bees.

See you next year.

It’s August, so Dahlia Season is Kicking into High Gear in San Francisco

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Check out the flowery language used to make the dahlia San Francisco’s official flower:

“The dahlia partakes essentially of the character of our beloved city, in birth, breeding, and habit, for it was originally Mexican, carried thence to Spain, to France and England in turn, being changed in the process from a simple daisylike wild flower to a cosmopolitan beauty.”

Well, O.K. then. Golden Gate Park has tons of dahlia these days – check out the Yelp-approved Dahlia Dell when you have the chance. And also check out the upcoming flower show:

The Dahlia Society of California Flower Show in 2008 will be held at the Hall of Flowers (San Francisco County Fair Building) at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way in San Francisco.  It will be open to the public on Saturday, August 16th at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until 5:00 p.m.  On Sunday, August 17th the show will open at 10:00 a.m. and will close at 4:00 p.m.

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A riot of late-summer colour hidden in the park.