Is it normal for the second bud to drop off?
Not in my experience it isn't.
Beautiful Dahlia though, I love peach/orange Dahlias.
Thanks for sharing.
That is a beautiful color- perfect for autumn or anytime, really.
What do you call the second bud? The little side buds, or the actual second bud to form on the plant?
The bud that dropped off was just to the side of this one.