Monday, July 02, 2007

A time for dahlias

Last year we planted some dahlias but most of them fell over and the flowers weren't all that impressive. This year we planted new tubers in sunnier areas in the yard. The plant stems are of impressive size and we've only had to stake one - the purple colored flower. Since they've done so well, maybe next year we'll invest in some named varieties instead of these common ones although the yellow and purple flowers can stand up to some of the named ones in my opinion.

As always, click on the photos to enlarge.


Blogger Digital Flower Pictures said...

Those are some nice flowers, Ki. The photos look good, too. My dahlias haven't even budded yet. Lately I have grown some named ones and a few mixed ones for a surprise. The best site I know for Dahlias is
Dahlia World

I have to warn you about Dahlia cultivation it can be addicting and frustrating and rewarding!

Cactus flowered Dahlias are my favorite.

7:49 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Thanks for the website and comment Chris. I can see how one could get addicted! Like daylilies, there must be hundreds of different kinds of dahlias. We've had two year of frustration but this year has been the best so far with more to bloom. We bought a mystery box of assorted dahlias so each one is a surprise. Kinda fun that way.

4:14 AM  
Blogger Blackswamp_Girl said...

Common seems like the wrong word to use for your exotic beauties, Ki. :)

8:41 PM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kim,
Yeah, I'm surprised they turned out to be so nice too. They were a grab bag assortment at Sams. I expected so, so flowers. I guess I took pictures of the flowers prematurely. They have opened further and are even bigger than in the photos with many more petals. I should update the photos. The last flower in the sequence is about 6-7 " in diameter.

11:28 AM  
Blogger kate said...

The colours of these dahlias are beautiful ... I love the mauve one. The petals have interesting markings.

I wouldn't have known from the photo that the last one was so big.

You've obviously done something right for your dahlias this year. It must be a satisfying feeling!

8:28 AM  
Blogger Ki said...

Hi Kate,
The mauve is my favorite too. The light seems to make it glow. We just planted the dahlias mostly in full sun. Last year we planted different tubers in semi shade and they grew too leggy and fell over. It could be that these were better quality tubers to begin with. It is very satisfying to be able to really have them flourish.
Thanks for stopping by.

12:34 PM  

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