South San Francisco, CA January 3, 2017 by Sonny Koya
I have been growing dahlias in my home garden for over twenty five years. For the first time nature surprised me with beautiful dahlia blossoms in winter. I have had beautiful purple flowers from well before Christmas to now, after New Year’s Day. I don’t claim that this only happened in my garden, but this is certainly a first for me. The temps lately fell to around 40 degrees.
My dahlias normally bloom and thrive in the warm summer months. Surprising as it may be for me, I am thoroughly enjoying the color and elegance of these colossal flowers. The winter ants also feel the same way – I think. Those crawlers are well embedded at the bases of the petals, enjoying the sweetness. And I am leaving them alone – nature’s gift to them as well.
Below are pictures of my beautiful “winter dahlias.”
As a community leader, Sonny Koya is an appointed member of the SamTrans Citizens Advisory Committee, and is a founding member of the South San Francisco Community Emergency Response Team. Koya has also taken a leadership role in establishing the Paradise Valley Neighborhood Network where he resides and nurtures a bountiful garden all year round.