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Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:36

Clueless,,gently lift each dahlia stem and tie up to a cane.  If you put 3 canes around your plant and with a length of string lift each dahlia stem and tie it in you can then see what you have that's intact.   Those stems broken will be discarded.  Those stems intact I would cut off the top most stems with flowers and buds.  Make sure the newly supported dahlia is securely firm to continue growing and flowering.  

I had a very tall yellow dahlia that was flattened by wind and rain when we had a thunderstorm 3 weeks ago. It is now looking wonderful....I did just as I suggest you do now.

Yes dahlias die back in winter.  They form tubers during the summer.  After the first frost has blackened the foliage lift your dahlia and take into the greenhouse.  Let it dry off, upside down, and wrap in newspaper or fleece until the spring.  It will grow away even bigger and better than this year


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 13:25

Hiya  fidget,  that's very nice of you but I now have plants growing away.  That's the beauty of the forum......everyone is so kind.


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:54

Sorry fidget, I will eat anything and you were very generous with your animal and bird food...........


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:51

Sorry Michal, Addict is spot on.  You can't relevel wirhout removing the turf. It should lift easily enough and then you need to firm thoroughly.  Walking on your heels may be hard but it's the best way.  Soil needs to be dry and then you walk, rake, walk rake, etc. to get the surface as level and firm as possible.  You can do it and you will regret it,if you don't re-prepare your soil ASAP.

In my more naive days I made a lawn.  It looked perfect.  But I hadnt firmed it properly.  When the wet season arrived the lawn just sank in so many areas when walked on.  I learned my lesson then.  Preparation is everything


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:43

I'm not too hot on imaginative plant holders......I have reclaimed old chimney pots, washing machine drums (that I've made into "stone" containers) and reclaimed old kitchen sinks, again turned into stone troughs.  

However, old wheelbarrows, watering cans, shoes, etc are often used to present some impressive annual displays. 


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:36

Hiya emma

Got the bishop flowering in the foreground With Acer flamingo seemingly on top of it from my kitchen view.  

Nice collection there little-ann.  


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 08:28

Couldn't reply earlier......can't stop dribbling over the iPad.  All this talk of cake!

Its looking like another sunny warm day but rain is forecast later.  I guess though we may need it.......oh yes, forecast now!  Some drizzle for a time but drying again and looking good.  Yippee! 

That cake talk has made me add toast to my's sublim, subleemi, suberlimin.....deep in my mind now to just eat!

Enjoy your day everyone.  Congrats to those passing exams.  Takes me back a bit


Posted: 23/08/2013 at 00:01

Matty, consider The Bishops Children.  I grew this selection from seed few years back to get same purple/dark folkage but with yellow, orange and various red colours.   And twynings After Eight......this has almost black foliage and white,flowers.  Very nice

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:39

Yep, we are looking into that Gilly.  We have never had the credit we deserve for the pasty, cream, daffodils, broccoli, etc erc from the English.  That's why we don't share the gulf stream influence with you up there........stir, stir, stir


Posted: 22/08/2013 at 21:32

Although not a huge fan of dahlias I have to confess to an increasing  fondness for them this year.

I have, I suppose, more than 20 growing in pots or in the garden and this year they have all been superb.  Some of them are new to me.  They have produced flowers for few weeks now and prob will do so right through to October or November

I used to think them too gaudy,brash and ungainly  but I am coming to appreciate them a little more now.

Dahlias?  Love em or hate em?

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