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Dahlia losing it's flame

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 18:02

One of the dahlias I got.....v cheaply ....from national dahlia collection locally.....has just opened it's flowers.  Very, very late but what a lovely thing to behold.  Simple clear  pale yellow ......I love it.  .  It's quite compact. (well its in 5 litre pot) .....and loads of buds to come. ,down here it will flower well for some time now.  Squeezed it in next to anemone Wild Swan for now......looks like ice cream and custard.   


Posted: 05/10/2013 at 17:55

It's our Bwucie.,,

Fairygirl, glad ??ou like them.....they get better, much better, each year 

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 17:50

Red dahlia, for "slim height" check out the agastaches, veronicastrums and, of course,  verbena bonariensis.  And grasses....for impact, colour (yes, they flower...many of mine doing so now).....and movement plus staying power .

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 17:46



Posted: 05/10/2013 at 16:21

Impulsive guy that I am, I've made a start in cutting back hardy and  tender perennials.

Not going to risk all my agastaches so lifting some and leaving some in the ground.  So much has grown so big this year that im going to change a new border slightly. (always thinking I can improve on this year) I'm a bit ruthless too...some plants  just have to go   Yep, dont like them anymore  

Had a busy morn at friend's garden ....she drives me mad sometimes.  She doesnt see the "quality" of some plants  if they aren't in totally full flower.     And, when things need pruning she says " can't they stay like that a little longer"?  

Got lawns cut ....sounds biggish one and not so biggish one .........


Used Ericaceous Soil

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 16:05

Agreed but,do you have any other acid lovers there?  Any blueberries? ,best to use it around those but it's fine to,use anywhere

Slimy Fungus on gravel

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 14:11

I havent been anywhere near your gravel 

Dahlia losing it's flame

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 14:09

Don't feed dahlias unless in pots really.  

Clueless, if you're growing dahlias in GH they simply might be bleached by sun....has it been sunny there lately.  However, I find many plants do change colour somewhat in the cooler, darker days of autumn.  In fact many of them....frikartii monch is a prime example .....positively start glowing now.  The dahlia in a pot.....I would be inclined to take,it indoors now and not wait for frost to blacken it.  (I think this is an over hyped procedure).  Jusf let it dry out and simply fleece it later

Wee Jean fae Aiberdeen

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 13:58

Not the sort of plants to dig up and pot up Hollie.  They usually have loNg straggly roots.  

Laying in the bath plotting...

Posted: 05/10/2013 at 13:51

Oh, rough size guide?  Osteospermum is about 15 cm high and wide; the linum about 40 cm high by 15 cm wide.

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