Thursday, August 11, 2011

Dahlias


Dahlias are the last great blooms of the summer, as beautiful as peonies and iris. I appreciate having these spectacular flowers as summer wanes.
Here is New Hampshire dahlias are not hardy. I start them in early may in trays of loose potting soil, just early enough to have a little sprout of foliage. I have had trouble starting them directly in our cold, wet spring soil.
To hold them over they have to be dug up in the autumn and stored over the winter. I use vermiculite which needs to be a little damp. I must admit I often lose my dahlias over the winter, they sometimes shrivel, sometimes rot. But they are beautiful so I keep buying new roots each spring.

4 comments:

Ta said...

The Dahlia's are beautiful down in VA this time of year also. I've been buying them from our farmer's market.

allenaim photography and design said...

I adore them too :) I had a couple gorgeous ones last year that I planted out this spring and haven't had a single bloom this year..makes me sad :(

Leslie M. said...

These are beautiful pictures.

Tony Wilson said...

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Rusty Black Haw Viburnum