It’s been a busy few weeks digging Dahlias, helping some friends as well as my own. I’m now finishing up digging the remaining couple of Dahlia beds and sorting dahlias ready for colour mixes.
I’m preparing new areas for Dahlia planting in late September this year. I always plan to be organized and it seems I do get a bit better this year. Extra labeling of Dahlias worked well other than the strip where Magpies decided it was fun to pull them out to see if they tasted yummy.
My preparations include getting a load of newspaper and cardboard together, a delivery of plain organic soil coming later this week. I decided not to use a rich mix like I got a few years ago as it was highly alkaline and needed to age a lot and add a load of cow manure, not just a little bit either.
So a new bed in my yard will have added cow manure into the soil. If soil is very dry I will wet the bed down prior to planting a bit but not after planting and I don’t water my Dahlias unless they are in pots and then infrequently. Last year during the drought I didn’t water them at all.
So for now most of the dug up Dahlia tubers are snuggled up in autumn leaves or wood shavings or in the pots they grew in also under cover. Storage area needs to be dry and out of sun, but well aired as well.
I’ve just listed Pretty in Pink Dahlia mix for sale via my Website,its in limited amounts. There will be more listed over coming weeks such as Whimsical White, Racy Red, Powerful Purple.
If you would like to know of newly listed mixes and lots of other happenings please add your name and email to the link below.
Keep warm, well and safe
Today I wanted to tell you all about the wonderful Perennial ( this means flowers years after year) flowering plants I have in my garden and make amazing cut flowers. These are all easy care flowers that clump up and send up stems of gorgeously different flowers. Yarrow, Chrysanthemums, Asters, Shasta daisies, Windflowers.
At the moment all these plants are semi dormant, so not flowering but they are sitting there ready to put forth the growth towards flowering from Spring onward. Now is the time to plant them in the ground!! Then they have mild weather to settle in and will be able to cope with dry or wet conditions
Yarrow also a useful herb, I grow white, pink and yellow of these. Feathery foliage and stems of clustered little flowers. Drought hardy once established and acts as a ground cover retaining moisture too.
Then there are Asters, I grow the white, purple and yellow and have new varieties settling in this year. These Asters all send up a spray of flowers, in the yellows case its feathery like wattle flower almost.
Chrysanthemums are doing the same thing, can be divided now like the other flowers I’ve been talking about here too. I grow full pettaled yellow, pink single, some of the green pompom style and have new varieties I have added this year into a new garden bed.
Windflowers are magical long stemmed stunners which some florists go gaga over very understandably. They inhabit a larger area than the other plants but are so worth growing. This year I’m adding pink and double pink to my white windflowers.
I would highly recommend adding these to your collection for a cottage style garden, for picking and to gaze upon with utter wonder.
I have fantastic value bundles of these plants for sale on my website. Normally most of these plants sell for from $12 each through other online nurseries.
Dahlias are just coming into their prime flowering time. Especially now they have had some good rain and the weather has cooled.
I’m seeing more blooms on my plants whereas before it was 99% leaves and stems.
So now is the time to dead head to increase formation of new blooms.
If you haven’t yet, stake the taller plants as blooms will make them top heavy. Tie them to the stakes with wide fabric, not string as this can cut into the stems.
Resist watering them as we have have had good rain. Unless in a pot or a really hot location they won’t need watering unless you still haven’t had rain.
I’ll have a lot of identified varieties and colours available as winter hits and the Dahlias go into their dormancy.
Send me some pictures of your beauties!!
Dahlias are now flowering their little hearts out here. How are your Dahlias going? Here are some suggestions if you have had good rain and your soil drains well and yet they aren’t flowering as well as you hoped.
Remember Dahlias really do their best as Autumn begins ( this is peak flowering time as the sun has lost its bite), they prefer sun in the morning and protection from the afternoon sun. Don’t worry if they aren’t in that position. You can fix this with some strategically placed shadecloth. They will still flower under shadecloth.
Once they do begin flowering well I would recommend deadheading regularly. Our friends the bees really like well opened Dahlias so I leave as long as I can.
If you have questions please feel to email me me via the contact page.
I also wanted to let you in on a very special deal for my readers.
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