Everything has been so dry lately, that today's rain was very welcome!
The garden says thank you:
And this slightly eaten dahlia flower answers a question:
2012 I purchased a "Marie Antoinette" dahlia tuber. The flower was meant to be purple-coloured, but was actually orange. The company sent me a replacement tuber the next year. In December that year I posted a picture of both of them in flower. Since then, of course, they have moved house and climate and had to live in pots for a year. Last year I don't think either of them flowered. And then some time over winter, one of the tubers got wet and rotted away to nothing. I didn't know until now if I had lost the original orange one, or the purple one.