Tuesday, September 24, 2013

cranking out the dahlias

it's prime time for the dahlias and they're working hard to crank out their monster blossoms before the end of the season.  it's been hard navigating the potential nighttime frosts, but we've taken precautions by investing in a frost cover and diligently covering the beds whenever there's a frost warning.  frankly, the plants are putting so much out -- i have been giving flowers away by the bucketful and still have plenty left over to arrange!

i took some pictures for the local garden club where my dahlias beds will be featured and i'm pretty excited and honored.  hope you enjoy!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

it's not a summer without dahlias

i'll admit that i was a bit worried about the state of my dahlia beds.  very worried.

but, as everything with gardening, with a little bit of patience (2 weeks' worth) these lovely plants shot up like rockets.  some are taller than me and many loaded with buds which i look forward to harvesting over the coming 6-8 weeks.  i'm still narrowing down the potential factors that i can improve upon next year, but my current theory involves soil temperature and watering.

the garden after the rain (left) and buds of cafe au lait dahlias (right) 
'innocence' dahlia (left) and daddy long leg taking refuge in a giant cafe au lait dahlia (right)
more cafe au lait dahlias and a baby toad (so cute) on the right 
cafe au lait dahlia with touche dahlias
a new favorite that i'm holding in my hand, 'hamilton lillian' dahlia.  love the salmon color

'innocence' dahlia peeking from out (left) 
dahlias are cafe au lait, innocence, chilson's pride and gay princess 
cafe au lait dahlia
giant white dahlia is called yuukyu