Akita is definitely badly behaved, even more so than last year. In the torrential rain this weekend I did find that the flopping upside down flowers provide an exotic rain shelter for bumble bees. By contrast, even after 4 inches of rain last week the Chat Noir Dahlias looked pretty good – just a few spots on some of the petals.
Chat Noir has long strong stems and formed a big clump with plenty of flowers.
The vase also holds the remains of some silky unseasonal Shirley Poppies which lost all their petals in a beautiful heap within hours of being picked, and a white cactus dahlia which came in a mixed bag last year.
Over at Rambling in the Garden where Cathy hosts this weekly meme you will find people collecting flowers from their gardens around the world in all seasons.