Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Dahlia Delights


Dahlia
 It's finally here! The day we've all been waiting for! The Dahlias are starting to bloom in my backyard flower farm! So many of my perennials in the established borders are already past their prime but the cut flower gardens are starting to shine! 


 

I've just come in from feeding the flowers, doing some pest control and snapping a bouquet of images!




 The flowers were looking especially photogenic today after getting a much needed drink from last nights rainstorm. It's been four months since the Dahlias were planted and each day since then has been worth waiting for this day!

 

  Keep in mind that none of these are in ' full bloom ' yet...! Look at the center of each flower and you can tell they still have a ways to go!


 The range of colors is mind boggling...




 


Dahlias today!  Sunflowers tomorrow! 

I'm sharing these blooms with Heidi's Country Homemakers Hop! 

30 comments:

Country Gal said...

They are all so beautiful ! We are waiting for rain desperately , have been in a drought for a little over a month , some farmers crops have been destroyed . It is to rain hopefully tomorrow night right into Sat . I do love your header photo ! Have a good day !

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Hi Elaine! Oh I wish for you some rain! We've had very little this summer as well...Ours came with thunder last night!

Alica said...

Your dahlias were definitely worth waiting for...they're gorgeous!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thanks Alica... I had to wage an ( organic ) war on bugs but I won!!!

Libby said...

Oh, how gorgeous!!!!

LindaCrochets said...

They are beautiful! My mother was a lover of Dahlias and grew some oustanding ones! I'm sorry to say I don't have her green thumb.

Patrica said...

The dahlias are wonderful I've never tried growing those.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thanks Libby!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

They are quite the flower.. this is my first year growing them and I'm in awe... they really are something!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Despite having to stay on top of the bug situation they have been very easy... They like it hot.. so not very water consuming at all and if fed well they'll bloom easily! Give them a try!

Jenny said...

These are beautiful! I've never grown dahlias before. I wonder how they would do in my climate. We're in the middle of a terrible drought/heat wave.

Yolanda @ Chickens on the Moon said...

I love your new header! And these flowers are just beautiful.

Birds, Bees, Berries, and Blooms said...

Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. Thanks for all of the beautiful photos. Can't wait to see the sunflowers.

Anne Lawson said...

Stunning flowers, and the colours are glorious!

Jan said...

Boy, am I impressed with your first try at dahlias! I tried to pick out a favorite, but they are all gorgeous! What type of fertilizer are you using? After I figured out that my resident baby rabbit was one of the culprits eating the foliage off a couple of my sprouting plants (wrapped that plastic screen material around them), I am now enjoying some blooms.
I planted my dahlias in an area that gets shade from some other vegetation later in the growing season. Also will change that next year! Yes, they do like their SUN...I think that I like the conformity of the blossom, though I got a couple of strange ones that I will take some pics of and send to you...

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Hi Jan!
I am using a liquid organic concentrate made by Miracle Grow. ! One cap full to two gallons water...Once every three weeks. Plus an organic pellet for bug control. After you shared with me they would grow even if I planted them upside down I was on my way! LOL... I have an unusual looking one in my batch as well. Not the blooms so much as the foliage. So glad you saved yours from from that precocious baby rabbit!Keep at it Jan!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thanks Anne!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thanks so much!

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Thank you Yolanda! :)

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

You can always look them up for your gardening zone... I figured they must do well here when I saw them at my local garden center back in March. Good luck if you try them!

TASO said...

Every photo had me oooohhhh-ing and aaaaaahhhhhh-ing! What a great reward! I enjoyed dahlias in Washington state in our college's garden, but never felt intrepid enough to try them myself, especially in this hot, dry desert! I'll enjoy your photos instead!!! So pretty.

Heidi said...

I love those dahlias Deborah Jean. Your flower garden is AMAZING! I am fascinated every time you share a new post, keep them coming. Thanks!

Heidi

Sheryl and Denny said...

Wow Deborah, those are so beautiful. My daughter gave me a yellow one that has been in a pot for a few years, it comes back to life every spring. I need to put it in the ground so that it can expand. Do they spread or multiply any? Love your header.

Zuzana said...

Oh, that is so beuatiful! I love dahlias, but I have never seen any bloom in the garden expect for in a pot. I have a purple beauty that has been blooming in a pot since May.;)
LOVE the new header picture, so stunning.;)
xoxo

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Hi there Taso! Nice to see you!!! Been a while! They do love heat and it might be fun to try one or two in a pot just to see how they do! Ours are all in raised beds so that's kind of like being in a pot!Thanks so much for the visit... I hope all is well on your desert homestead!Did you plant a large garden again this year?

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Awe, thank Heidi dear! I'm amazed too! LOL! :)

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Good question Sheryl, I don't know if they multiply but I do know they like being planted in groups... like three or four tubers together either in a pot or in ground.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

Hi Zuzana! I bet your purple Dahlia is lovely! Most of mine haven't bloomed yet so there are more to come! Yay!

Debbie said...

These are beautiful Dahlia's. My dad and mom had violet colored Dahlia's.

Deborah Jean at Dandelion House said...

HI Debbie...I bet they were lovely... I need to find out the exact number of colors Dahlias come in. They are magical for sure!

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