A morning at a workshop at the Garden Education Center of Greenwich was well spent.
Tips and secrets on how to prepare dahlias for show with the added bonus of the materials to make a case to transport dahlias.
My dahlias are so happy after the recent rain, and with today’s weather, sunny and mild. Evenings are cool, and the dahlias appreciate that. I’ve stopped the feeding but keep vigilant that they are getting enough water; dahlias are a very thirsty plant!
This particular white dahlia seems to attract more hungry insects and the damage is evident.
Gregory Stephen is a surprise.
Described in the catalog as “later in the season it will reward you with many 11-12″ blossoms. The flowers are well supported on a 4′ bush.” The blooms are large but have not approached those dimensions! And the bush is more than 4 feet, as I look this bloom in the eye at 5’7″!
I purchased Brookside Snowball because of the picture and the description, ” “This 4 inch white ball is an outstanding show winner.” It is taller than the 4′ described, but all else about it is perfection.
If I can get one to bloom like this in September, I might have a chance! But, as I learned today, there is work to be done at least a week before the show. Do you see how this bloom nods ever so slightly downward? That is not a blue ribbon stance. There are ways to get this dahlia to look you square in the eye, to say “Look at me!” (Psssst – should have gone to the workshop!)
A few more dahlias for your consideration.
A word of caution, this time of year – watch out for bees! I was attacked by an angry sort with a nest underground! The result was a trip to the E.R. and having my rings cut off – wedding band, engagement ring and another band! Very unhappy! The swelling is going down, but the pain was harsh for several days, only alleviated with a steroid cream and icing. Do not go out in the garden without your gloves! And be on the watch for bee activity!!!
The afternoon was spent with my dear garden mentor. Almost the perfect Summer day! Sitting outside under a blue blue sky with her faithful Aussies by her side, we discussed plants and breathed in the perfect day. I cut her some flowers….coals to Newcastle, you might say. Some tomatoes…the critters have eaten hers. And, of course, biscuits for the Aussies.