Thursday, April 11, 2013

Dahlia Daydreams

Howdy friends! Spring weather can be so fickle. One day it can be warm and sunny and the next it seems as if Old Man winter wants to have the last laugh. It's finally warmed up in New England and I'm dreaming of getting the dahlia tubers planted over the next few weeks. In the mean time I'll need to prepare flower beds which requires just turning the soil and adding a fresh 1-2 inch layer of compost which I'll scoop out of the chicken run. I'm daydreaming of walking through the garden and admiring the many dahlia blooms and cutting to my hearts content.
I hope some of my garden friends at Dandelion House are going to give growing dahlias a try this year. The dinner plate dahlias are fabulous where you want ongoing color and height in your established borders and the smaller decorative dahlias are lovely tucked into unstructured bouquets and bring a much needed pop of color to your summer flower beds.
Dahlias bloom summer, well into fall... I was still cutting Dahlia's as late as October 30th last season! If you are short on space dahlias love being planted in pots on your deck or patio and can be moved inside the greenhouse in colder climates or dug up and stored over the winter in your basement or garage for the coming year!
Wishing you all a wonderful week in gardening and daydreaming of an abundent season ahead!
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