I think the season for my dahlias is about to end. I can't decide if I am sad because they are lovely flowers or relieved, because they, like gladiolus, require support and staking and like to lay sprawling across the garden.
I am definitely going to be more proactive next year with a support system because I love the look of my dramatic flowers.
Speaking of black dahlias - have you read the book The Black Dahlia? If you are like Noir I highly recommend it.