Deciding on Dahlias

Deciding on Dahlias

Today was the day to get cracking with

preparations for a workshop on dahlias to be given to members of the Garden Club in March.

The idea will be to create some enthusiasm among attendees who will then order some tubers, plant, grow and come back in September with some GRAND blooms to show at the Club flower show!

Ive begun rereading some of the books in my library.

Gareth Rowlands, The Gardeners Guide to Growing Dahlias is the one I refer to most.

A new favorite book is The Dahlia Primer by Eleanor Welling which will have great information for the beginning dahlia grower, including a month by month calendar. In January, there are six points on the check list. I am paying attention to #6 entreating us to review our catalogs and place orders DO NOT WAIT! Waiting can lead to disappointment as the most rare and coveted tubers invariably end up SOLD OUT!

(By the way, how cute is that clip board? You can order your own personalized clip board .)

Some of my favorite catalogs are:

Swan Island Dahlia s

Old House Gardens

Brent and Beckys

Of course, you can order on-line, but I prefer to thumb through the catalogs, and eventually cut the color photograph of the chosen flower out of the catalog to paste in my dahlia journal. This is so much easier to refer to when a mystery dahlia shows up blooming in the dahlia bed!

I have ordered some interesting heirloom dahlias from Old House Gardens. One of the rarest offered is Atropurpurea (1789!), one of the first of three wild dahlias to arrive in Europe from Mexico. While I wont expect it to be a show stopper in my garden, it will give a sense of how the dahlia has evolved. A little dahlia history!

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Dahlia Atropurpurea

The thing about dahlias is.they multiply, so new beds must be dug, and you must limit new ordersbut can you? I couldnt pass up Cherubino!

And speaking of cherubs, here are my two cherubinos who have kept me company indoors on this cold January afternoon while I DECIDED on dahlias to order!

Cavalier King Charles cherubinos!

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