Posted: 30/08/2016 at 12:02
Wow: Several feasts for the eyes! Wakeshine: I have one also like a dinner plate but as yours is an iridescent yellow, it must have injected so much drama in your garden.
Chrissy the gardener: Wow! Where did you buy yours? I bought loads of seeds but the flowers are all very indifferent. Those two look so beautiful and distinctive. I am going to take cuttings of mine as there are two that I definitely want to keep. Where can I buy these beauties, Chrissy?
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Hi aym20, I don't know the name of the pink dahlia but the white one is a cactus dahlia,Tsuki-ytori-no-shisha. The name, aptly, means 'messenger from the moon', apparently the title of a very popular Japanese novel
The great thing is that Wilko has had this in stock for the last few years and dahlias have just gone on sale there. They do sell out fairly quickly but my store still had some last week and they should have some for at least a couple of weeks more.
I've grown it for three years and it's fabulous. A prolific flowerer, my two initial tubers have grown into very large bush-like plants and probably need dividing. It goes on for ages with deadheading. I've left mine in the ground the last three winters and they've been fine, although the winters have been relatively mild. Though people say it's the wet that's the real problem, rather than the cold.
But mine are in a very well-draining border and I mulch them each winter. Like all dahlias they do attract earwigs and blackfly but it's never been a serious problem for me as I keep on top of that. Another tip for these is that the petals at the back of the flowers start to rot and go brown/black but I don't deadhead them straight away, I just pick off those petals and wait until the flower has completely opened to show its yellow centre and allow the bees to feed before I think about deadheading them