My first attempt at growing Dahlias has had its ups and downs but ultimately it’s been heaven! A third of the highly anticipated tubers didn’t sprout at all – despite them all having exactly the same treatment. I suppose the supplier is to blame, but what can you do when there is only one person in the country with as wide a variety. There have been damaging storms and not the right staking done by me but when everything else was on the out and there was no other showy blooms in sight the Dahlias were there -just giving and giving!
Dahlias have so much variety, that initially all those descriptions are completely overwhelming but now from a season of growing I’m starting to get whats what a bit more. I get what an anemone dahlia is (see Mahwah) and how a pompom is different to a ball (pompoms are teeny tiny – balls are big – ahem) and that just because a plant is described as large it doesn’t necessarily mean the flowers are (Damn you bronze medallion!)!
Sadly many of the ones that didn’t sprout for me where the pastels and pretty watercolour shades – so I have an overabundance of hot colours (not usually my fave) this time around – but hey – its an excuse to try again – I’m already making lists of what to add to my collection for next year (there’s gonna be triple the amount – eeek!)