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Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:47

It is a good idea to pinch out the main shoots as this causes the plant to bush out with more flowering shoots and it will be stronger and less leggy. It will delay flowering for a bit but as they flower until the first frosts this is not really a problem. You MUST deadhead them to keep the flowering going full pelt, and it is a good idea to take the flower stalk down as far as possible ( but above any new buds) as otherwise you will eventually have a sea of stalks which detracts from their beauty. they are good for cutting for the house or giving to friends and this is good for them also. Enjoy, and you will buy more next year. 

 

How to stop horses eating fencing??

Posted: 06/06/2013 at 06:40

I recently had some new fencing installed and the contractor stretched a wire along the top of all the posts, specifically to stop chewing of the rails.

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:52

I always lose a few, which is to be expected. This year I have been surprised at how many of the newly bought ones have failed to start.

Encouraging rowan tree (sheerwater seedling) growth after a trauma!!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:49

In the New Forest where I live one hazard for trees is that deer rub off the bark as they mark the tree with their scent. I think the bucks have a scent gland between their antlers.  When this happens I wrap the area with a pair of ladies' tights or stockings. As this is elasticated, I tie it very tight. This appears to work although as the deer don't rub all the way round it may well be that the tree would survive anyway. 

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:43

 Nut,You may be colder in the far east, as I am in the deep south. The dahlias I store are just put in cardboard boxes, which are piled up in my stable (no horses) and covered in fleece/hessian. This allows the air to circulate which is important probably.

This autumn I think I will leave all my dahlias in the ground. Not only does it seem to work here but I could do with a bit less work as the years go by.

Colour!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:36

Wintersong, I always think that Tulips die beautifully, whether in the ground, pots or the flower vase and I always leave them as long as possible to do their thing, slowly twisting, fading, changing colour and losing their petals. Sad, but beautiful.

Have I got  the right idea?

Colour!

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 21:23

I tend to group pastel colours together and same for hot colours. I have a white border which this year I am highlighting with dots of purple. My dahlia bed has a riot of colour all mixed up but with mostly hot colours at one end and pastels at the other. Unfortunately not all of the dahlias are labelled so I have lost the plot so to speak.

I also like blue and yellow together.

All in all I try to plant close together/overplant so that they hit of colour is exagerrated. I grow quite a lot in tubs e.g Gazanias, Pansies, Dahlias, Tulips. Alliums, and I always stuff them in as much as possible.. all for the colour effect.

Dahlias..an unintended trial

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:52

Hello everyone, I grow lots of dahlias every year... they never went out of fashion in this garden!   However I noticed today an interesting result of my efforts. In an effort to be reasonably scientific with the trial I never intended the results are as follows:-

1. Tubers lifted last autumn and stored in dry stable, potted up a few weeks ago. These have almost all thrived with very few losses 

2. Tubers not lifted and left in the ground, mulched with old potting compost. These have all survived the coldest winter for years.

3. Tubers in large tubs, left in tubs and overwintered in GH, still in same compost with liquid feed added, all doing well.

4. New tubers, bought from GC in spring (carefully choosing largest/plumpest available), potted up ...significant failures/no-shows 

The moral of this tale is that you should trust your own efforts and that the growers/GCs need to raise their game. For about 1/3 not to grow is unacceptable.

I would be interested to hear your dahlia stories this year.

Talkback:

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 20:32

How close is this tree to your house or any important drains?

Volunteering oppotunities for enthusiastic gardeners

Posted: 05/06/2013 at 18:34

Thanks MarshmeIlo, I would be much more likely to volunteer to supervise and train young "gardeners" than volunteer to do the work for them.

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