Two contrasting plants stand out in the October garden; the statuesque dill plants with their great, domed heads of tiny yellow flowers…

 

and the bold, orange dahlias.

 

The wide spreading inflorescences of the dill start as a light and airy sketch against the sky, gaining weight and substance as hundreds of minute flowers open, mature and set seed.

 

The dahlia – a variety by the name of Sylvia – is solid and sturdy.  Fat, round buds open to many-layered flower heads, held strongly on tall stems whatever the weather.

Click on the photo for a closer look and you’ll find curled petal tubes full of rain water.