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17/09/2010 at 13:56
As you can tell from my blog name I'm a big fan of Dahlia's. My love affair started many years ago with the Bishop of Llandaff, dark leaves and bright red flowers he was so handsome I could not resist taking him home from the garden centre, but then I discovered there were many more Dahlia's to choose from and I could not stay faithful for long. I now have over 20 different varieties in assorted colours, with single, semi double and cactus flowers, some grown from seed, my latest love being Twyning's After Eight another dark leaved beauty with white flowers.
I'm sorry James, but I just don't like the big blousy Dahlia's that need staking, I have tried to, but I think these should only be grown on allotments by grumpy old men in cloth caps(Ha Ha).
You have to be a dedicated gardener to grow Dahlia's and be prepared to dig them up every winter after the first frost, I used to pot mine up and place them on their sides in the greenhouse ready to start back into life in early spring, however, despite my greenhouse being bubble wrapped, last winter was so bad most of my Dahlia's died including my beloved Bishop. So this year, to make sure, I will dry them off and store them in a box in the cupboard under my stairs until next spring, but I'll still be sowing more Dahlia seeds, you can never have too much of a good thing.