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Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 22:12

The other dahlias were all staked but only up to about 3 or 4 foot - they mysteriously outgrew the stakes by another 3 foot and yet still survived the wind.

Bishop Of Auckland was still quite low growing (18") and had been sturdy enough to support itself in a nice compact shape; it was unlucky that the powerful gale force wind and/or the pelting rain that broke their stems, but your advice is well noted, Fairygirl, and a lesson learnt: to stake even when they don't seem to need it.

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 17:55

If only I could Donkey - unfortunately most of the stems are now in the vase as they were so badly broken in a recent storm. I was gutted as it had become my favourite of the dahlias I have because it is so different in petal arrangement from the "Pom-Pom" type. 

Remarkably, my other dahlias survived the storm even though are taller than me...

Not at their best now but you can see the height of the purple one, around 6 foot and almost as high as the pear tree to its right.

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 14:24

Fairygirl said:

"Do you mean deadhead the ones in the vase? They won't produce new flowers once cut..."

Thankyou, Fairygirl - I guessed that might be the case - I suppose cutting the stalks off must reprogram the plant. 

And the arrangement does need tidying up - I'll get my secateurs...

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 11:02

Sorry about the inverted photo - probably needs cropping.

Last edited: 16 September 2017 11:03:22

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 16/09/2017 at 11:00

Thankyou Fidget and Donkey - I do dead head my dahlias generally but somehow must have missed seeing the transition from bloom to finished bud in my Bishop of Auckland, probably because I've not been well enough to get out gardening enough this year, or possibly because so many other finished flowers are more obviously dead.

Now I think of it, I remember being thrilled at one point earlier on this summer when I noticed how many more flowers had appeared this year...

...last year it only had about 3 - this year possibly more than a dozen (more than in this photo) I dead headed a few that were clearly finished but must have just not connected the blooms with the finished buds, I suppose because they look too glossy to be dead.

i shall watch out for the flattened buds next year - it's probably too late to deadhead  this arrangement but I shall try it anyway. Thanks again both.

Finding my old posts - not

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 20:06

Another way to find posts on an old thread is to do a Search.

I've just successfully tried this with a thread I started in 2013 (I made this experiment especially for you!)

The critical thing is to enter a suitable keyword into the Search box (at the top of the page in the right hand corner). If you know there was a particular word that stands a good chance of being pretty unusual or unique for this forum, then using that should find you the posting in which you used it.

Bishop of Auckland dahlia buds won't open

Posted: 15/09/2017 at 19:51

After so,e storm damage I salvaged the broken stems of my Bishop of Auckland dahlia and took them indoors to use as cut flowers.

I've just noticed a recurrence of something that I have seen happen on other dahlias in my garden. The buds develop very full and tight but don't open.

They eventually just die...

or or actually seem to rot. The ones shown above have not reached that stage yet and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do to help them open. 

Anyone know?

Conference pears

Posted: 05/09/2017 at 12:50

Great looking harvest, Brian.

I never thought of growing mine upside down😀 (If you crop the photo before sending it sometimes remedies the upside down effect).

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 21/08/2017 at 23:09

You're right bobweight - some time ago I did mis-key the formula of sodium carbonate. Wikipedia confirms the formula as Na2CO3.

Wikipedia also describes sodium carbonate as the water-soluble sodium salt of carbonic acid. I wonder whether its application to the Nostoc in some way re-creates or releases the carbonic acid constituent which in turn destroys the dreaded stuff. (Fortunately) my gravel does not have the problem so (unfortunately) I can't put this to the test myself.

Identify chrysalis

Posted: 31/07/2017 at 09:54

Thankyou again Pansyface. That's a beautiful moth - and worth a bit of Lemon Balm which will proliferate in the rest of my garden anyway given half a chance.

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