Single-petaled blooms in red, pink, and yellow adorn burgundy foliage. 42" tall. Start early.
All that's left of the Bishop of Llandaff's Palace in Wales is an iron-gated arch entrance flanked by crumbling stone towers. But his gardens live on in the progeny of his dahlias. Though dahlias are most often grown from tubers, seed-grown dahlias are more fun. Why? Because dahlias are octoploids, meaning they have four times as many chromosomes as most other flowers, so the seeds produce a spectacular diversity of architectural leaves and blooms in a myriad of forms and colors. Part of the joy in planting the Bishop's Children is that if you find one you love, you simply harvest and store the tubers to plant next year. Congrats: you are a plant breeder!
Bishop's Children blooms in mix of red, burgundy, magenta and the occasional yellow flower on foliage that ranges from purple tinged to deep burgundy.
Each year, Hudson Valley Seeds commissions contemporary artists from around the United States to tell the story of a particular seed variety. That art and those seeds combine to create an Art Pack, a unique celebration of the diverse stories of seeds and their stewards.
Artwork by Kellie Cox. This rendering, in ink and colored pencil, captures the exuberance of dahlias, and the rich tones of their petals. A passion for art and nature has led Kellie to create works, many large in scale, that celebrate moments of natural beauty.