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Beautiful Blooms: Dazzling Dahlias on Display

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It's entirely possible we were the youngest folks in the exhibit hall at the South Coast Botanic Gardens this Sunday afternoon, checking out the stunning blooms on display as part of the annual South Coast Dahlia Society Show. No matter. The flowers, of which there are of thousands of varieties (including hybridizations done by competitors in the annual event), are stunning to behold and to photograph.

Though many Angelenos might associate "dahlia" with the young woman whose death lives on in infamy as the "Black Dahlia Murder," it's actually the national flower of Mexico, and its name in the indigenous languages of that nation all roughly translate to something referring to its hollow or cane-like stem that sucks up water. (You can geek out on all things dahlia thanks to the American Dahlia Society.)

While the South Coast Dahlia Society Show was just this weekend, for those looking to check out the blooms elsewhere around Los Angeles, thanks to our recent heatwave this year, the best of the crops are likely to emerge in September, when things cool off just a little bit. You may notice your favorite farmers' market floral vendor has them in stock, or you might wander the grounds of your favorite botanic garden and find a few there. And just because they are so lovely to look at, you'll find a few photos of them right here, right now. Enjoy!