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May In Your Garden

Posted: 25/05/2012 at 21:49



Posted: 22/05/2012 at 22:38

the dahlia tubers which were captious all spring to the point of despair, mine, not theirs, have gotten down to business, perhaps too much so.

the gardener new to dahlias might very well rejoice at the forest of sprouts-but don't do it. we all know that four canes per plant will give many medium flowers; two will give a few large blooms and one strictly managed and disbudded will produce a giant flower which the wind will snapoff on the day it opens.

just tossing most of the sprouts seems harsh, but on the other hand making more dahlias when the garden hardly has room for the 25 or 30 we already have seems foolish, but oh the joys of propagation. is there a better way to know our plants than by making more?

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 20:34

iris tectorum, the sun went behind a cloud just at totality which in a way was even more spectacular-like a dragon behind the clouds. the weather was better than good. as long as the drainage is good the dahlias can go in any time, they just won't grow much til it heats up-not the problem here-the question is what to do with all the extra sprouts-when we only have room for 25 or 30 dahlias it seems silly to make more, yet propagation is so entertaining.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 22/05/2012 at 20:26


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 21:14


Posted: 20/05/2012 at 21:11

May In Your Garden

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 20:00

the garden this morning plus a peony and iris. the dahlias are now at 50%. 14 have sprouted 15 have not but perhaps? total solar eclipse here this afternoon so out in the high desert to watch it.

May In Your Garden

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 19:57

May In Your Garden

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 19:56

May In Your Garden

Posted: 20/05/2012 at 19:55

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just curious

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searching for seeds

stuff i want 
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Talkback: Dieback on Leyland cypress hedges

it looks like improper trimming or it could be spider mites if they are the soft evergreen curse in the uk that thet are in nev. 
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all through the year 
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