Darling dahlias ..

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Yes, life is so much easier.
 

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@MaryMary Do you grow any Dahlias?

No, but I might someday. I like to know the "how to" of a lot of things. :geek:

Sometimes when someone asks a question, it piques my interest, and I will exercise my google-fu to learn more about it. If that leads me to have a question, I'll usually ask it on the forum. I figure... if I have this question, even after going to read more about it, they might, too. (y)
 

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@MaryMary Go for dinner plate dahlias - you will like them. Or Teesbrooke Audry, Night butterfly. Just buy a packet of seeds called collarette dahlia or Dandy and you will have flower next year if you sow them in spring. It's that satisfying.
 

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:love: I love this one. The one called Art Nouveau. upload_2017-9-10_22-46-16.jpeg upload_2017-9-10_22-45-41.jpeg


And this bright pink pompom one. upload_2017-9-10_22-50-13.jpeg



Beautiful. :love:
 

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A new one but it is a bit banal
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This is another dinner plate, but not so pink as the other one

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A new dinner plate, with new velvety scarlet colour - This is my sweet surprise today
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Hope I have fired your passion for dahlia dinner plates.. Make sure you can get staking bamboos cheap ..
 

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Some more dahlias

A very unfortunate Edge of Joy from @Beaus Mum, I think! Sorry, the slugs have consumed its glory..
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This could be blue bird

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Their names are still a mystery to me... They don't look exactly the same as the pics .. I blame myself and THEM!
 

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Shame I never know their names. I keep some records and yet they don't look exactly the same. I bought from several places and some supplier is famous for not sending the right things! You know what I mean!
 
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@MaryMary Two years ago, I was quite new to dahlias. I used to think they are old fashioned. I bought some dahlia tubers, thinking that if I separated them, I would have at least 4 or 6 new plants. Then suddenly, some veteran said that if you separated the tuber and left it with no eye, there would be no flower at all.

Here is a photo of dahlia with eyes circled.

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Best is to leave the whole clump alone and wait for spring and once they are out, you can do this.


Take cuttings with a bit of tuber material..

Or mulch it like her if your area is not wet and soggy


I hope she gives me commission .. hehe!
That was really interesting alp. Thanks. I've planted a few dahlias but they've disappeared. I tend to overplant, forget where I put things and they get crowded out and loose the sun.. I loved that bit in the clip that says to put a duvet over them, i.e. a bucket of mulch. Has anyone tried this rather than digging them up. I'm wondering if I could plant them in the triangle part of my partere which would help to keep them upright.
 

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That was really interesting alp. Thanks. I've planted a few dahlias but they've disappeared. I tend to overplant, forget where I put things and they get crowded out and loose the sun.. I loved that bit in the clip that says to put a duvet over them, i.e. a bucket of mulch. Has anyone tried this rather than digging them up. I'm wondering if I could plant them in the triangle part of my partere which would help to keep them upright.
@DeborahJane it all depends on how wet their going to be in the winter. It's not the frost that kills them, it's the wet.
 
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Thanks Logan. The ground does get wet here. The area I'm thinking is on a bit of a slope so I'm thinking drainage but I'm just wishful thinking, very lazily:sleep::rolleyes:.
 
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Dont think I have ever lost a dahlia over winter.
Used to hate them...big blowsy and gaudy. They lack humility don't they and nothing to see all winter :( However........
They are now a big part of my garden......some tall yellows as I look through the window; way taller than I am and sheer flower power from June to autumn.
I will add a couple more when they become available but will also give some over brash ones away.
As long as tubers have a stem they will grow when divided :)
 

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