The Dahlias have been challenging and rewarding.
Challenging! well when you no longer have a greenhouse it can be tricky.
The Dahlia tubers arrived in late March. These first two pictures are of the one which was first to bloom in late July (Cactus Dahlia Elga)
This one has grown to a height of about five feet, and now in early September it is still flowering profusely, I suspect it will continue to do well for a number of weeks yet.
Dahlia tubers can be potted up in March/April and placed in the heated greenhouse protecting them from frost.
The tubers can be planted directly in the border at a time when frost is unlikely, they will be later in flowering and the further North you are, its a bit of a gamble.
Well, as I said we don’t have a greenhouse and being of sound mind I waited until Myra came up with the brilliant idea of starting them off on the window sills in our hall, I say hall but it was always the lobby when we were kids.
Before I go any further the two above are, Acapulco on the left and Hayley Jane alongside, if you placed your cursor over the pictures you will already have seen this.
Where was I, ah yes, we ordered twelve Dahlia tubers online, of our own choice, however the company for whatever reason decided to make the choice for us.
Its quite some time since we grew Dahlias so little fuss was made of it as success was uppermost in our mind.
This real show off above is (Yin Yang) and although he was looking feeble when planted outdoors in mid June he is now smothered in buds and ready to give a great show.
So, the Dahlias were started off in pots which were really a little on the small side. John Inness no. 2 seems to be recommended so that’s what I used.
They mustn’t be too dry or too wet, I still struggle to get this requirement correct.
Here above we have the (Karma Dahlia Amanda) on the left with the (decorative Lagoon) alongside.
Did I tell you that, of the twelve, I only had success with eight of them. When I removed the four failures from the pots it seemed pretty clear that the watering regime hadn’t been exactly adhered to.
Early May arrived and the dahlias had Begonias squeezed alongside their precious space indoors. I guess it was, time for them to get the heck out of my house, Those are my words, interpreted from a certain look that really requires little interpretation.
The Dahlias remained out doors in their pots and were planted in their positions in the front garden in early June. They didn’t look all that promising, however they quickly established themselves, pleased to be free of my watering regime.
Ah, the final one to bloom, and at last, no hint of pink, (Karma gold) is another which is going to give a good late show.
That’s the Dahlias then, in my last post I said I would show the front garden. Its narrow at about fifteen feet wide and is about forty feet long.
I am quite pleased with it and the neighbours love it.
It has been longer than usual since my last post.
The computer crashed, I had it for six years and didn’t think it was worth repairing
The new one arrived, and I got it set up, a few hiccups had me pulling out what remains of my hair. I removed the hard drive and took it along to the local computer expert who told me it was damaged, however he still managed to retrieve my files and put what I needed onto a couple of discs, (phew). Ashamed to say that I didn’t have adequate back up.
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