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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Antique Brass

Jane Cowl Dahlia Sep 2009

Jane Cowl Dahlia Sep 2009

My Martha Stewart Dahlia, 2009

My Martha Stewart Dahlia, 2009

The most stunning flower EVER in my garden was the “Jane Cowl” dahlia! I bought the tuber for this flower in 2009, not knowing much about it, except that it was Martha Stewart’s favorite flower! I didn’t realize at the time how hard they were to come by! If it was good enough for Martha it was good enough for me! The Antique Brass color is on the tips of the second row of the middle petals!

This is a stunning informal, decorative, heirloom dahlia originally introduced in 1928, with luscious blooms held perfectly erect on sturdy stems. Deep peach centers open up to glowing bronze dusted with gold. It grows to more than six feet tall and the flowers reach 10 inches wide. I dug them up and gave them away when I thought they were too tall for my garden! What was I thinking? Now I miss them and can hardly find them!

More people ask to find “Jane Cowl” than any other lost dahlia! The beautiful petals look like the tresses of a goddess – or actress Jane Cowl (1883-1950), who was once “the most beautiful woman on the American stage,” who it was named after.

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

Jane Cowl

Jane Cowl

2 Responses to “Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Antique Brass”

  1. AnnetteM

    That is a beautiful dahlia. I have never had much luck with them as the slugs are too partial to them. Also we have to dig up the tubers here and they don’t survive in my dark damp garage. I am tempted to try again though.


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