On the reverse of this lovely yellow pompom dahlia there is ….. another lovely yellow pompom dahlia. This is most likely a case of fasciation, a curious phenomena which causes elongation and distortion of stems and flowers. This anomaly could be caused by a genetic mutation, hormonal imbalance or even an infection, it is difficult to pinpoint. I have never seen it take this form before, but as a mere beginner in the vagaries of the world this means little. However, it would be remiss for me not to mention some suspicions I have had for a while. There have been some strange goings on at The du Mauriers. The odd muffled explosion from behind locked basement doors, a fluorescent glow emanating from the greenhouse, regular deliveries from Boffins-r-Us, matching neck bolts; it might all be a coincidence but ……….