I will be honest. I had never heard of Sir Alfred Ramsay before. When I saw dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay in the Ferncliff Gardens catalog, I was immediately intrigued and couldn’t wait until we met face to face. Most likely, it would be the most noble dahlia I had ever seen, both in name and in presence. Who is or was Sir Alfred Ramsay? I have no idea. The only one I can figure out is Sir Alfred Ramsey, the English footballer and manager, but his last name is spelled differently. I’ll leave it to a bit of a mystery because now I want to focus on the beautiful dahlias of Ferncliff Gardens.
Located in Mission British Columbia, Canada, Ferncliff Gardens is about a 1.5 hour drive east of Vancouver. I was fortunate to visit the gardens on a lovely afternoon in mid September. We’ll see Sir Alfred Ramsay soon but let’s take a look around. By the way, I have done my best with the names of the dahlias. If you feel I have mislabelled one, please leave a comment below.
Love the colours here. This is a large dahlia, AC F&P (yes, that’s the name).
Ahhh… I tried to focus on the pink disc floret bud of Ferncliff Bliss.
Dahlia AC Paint, brilliant against a blue sky!
Small variety of dahlia, Chilson’s Pride is in the front.
I love the colours of the Dogs Breakfast dahlia, although I’m not sure if I like the name. Let me think about it…
Large dahlia, Ferncliff Illusion, seems to be hiding here. Perhaps she’s a little shy 🙂
The bright, orange cactus dahlia, Clearview Avia under sunny skies.
With one petal “waving” in the wind, this is novelty dahlia, Ferncliff Halo.
A garden planted in the beautiful colours of the dahlia Ferncliff Vintage and others.
A mixed dahlia garden. Glad I caught this before the clouds rolled in.
Large dahlia, Ferncliff Inspiration.
I’ll interupt this dahlia post to bring you one of the brilliant sunflowers from the garden near the entrance. Do you see something in the blue sky to the left? Can’t quite figure it out!
This is giant dahlia, the bright and aptly named, Bodascious.
Medium dahlia Gloriosa and a brilliant sky.
A novelty dahlia, this is David Lam, presumably named after the 25th Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia.
A little macro on Ferncliff Inspiration. Love the details!
Another view of Dog’s Breakfast. I still don’t like the name for this stunning dahlia!
Another pretty dahlia, this is Ruskin Myra.
Clearview Orca as the clouds rolled in.
Another look at the patch dominated by Clearview Avia.
Ball or globe dahlia, Skipley Louis Jean. No, I didn’t make that up.
Brilliant shape and colour! This is giant dahlia, Hart’s Dr. McMurray.
We’ve come to that moment! Please let me introduce dahlia Sir Alfred Ramsay. Isn’t it grand? Well, it’s at least a giant variety of dahlias.
Here’s me with Sir Alfred who wasn’t much smaller than my head!
I hope you enjoyed this post as I really enjoyed visiting Ferncliff Gardens, especially on a brilliant day. It’s sure worth a visit if you’re in the area of Vancouver or the Fraser Valley of British Columbia.
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