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Each year I plant dahlias but it’s never enough. I really thought I had it covered this year but yet again I’ve failed miserably. In my wildest dream I have a massive plot of land I can just grow a cutting garden on with hundreds of dahlias and sunflowers in autumn and peonies, delphiniums and foxgloves in spring. I can see myself strolling through the wild flowers, basket in hand.

Oh …. this sounds like a good retirement plan.

I start planting them in April, in pots indoors. I wait until they are quite big and leafy before I plant them outside. This is around the end of may, early June. I mix it up with roots I plant straight into the ground.

I colour coordinate when I shop for roots. I don’t like orange, purple or bright yellow dahlias. I go for soft and bright pinks, sometimes red (they always turn orange), white, soft yellow, peach and burgundy. I try to mix shapes like pompoms, spiky ones, leafy ones and petals.

I grow them to cut them but I’m always quite sentimental and leave them outside as my garden looks so colourful and cute with all the happy flowers growing here and there. So next year I definitely need to plant more so I can enjoy them outdoors and indoors.

Enjoy your Wednesday. At my end we are blessed with the most beautiful autumn weather, I hope it is as beautiful at your end.

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  • Mieze Schindler
    04/11/2015 at 10:57

    Wow – the first picture is really great. I love the dishes on the wall, and the books in this halfrounded shelf. And the colours of the arrangement are so wow!
    I love it!

  • tash
    05/11/2015 at 08:44


  • Anki
    05/11/2015 at 10:57

    Wat een fijne yvestown-blogpost. Mooie bloemen en kleuren.

  • Emma
    05/11/2015 at 12:03

    Oh Yves, these are just beautiful! I too have that dream, basket overflowing with freshly cut flowers from my cutting garden… the reality is that I only managed to plant 6 dahlia plants this year, but they have been amazing. It’s my first time with Dahlias, not sure what to do with them once winter sets in. Do I leave them in the ground or lift them?

  • One Happy Mess
    06/11/2015 at 14:58

    This is so beautiful! flowers makes every space a beautiful happy one. Have a lovely day and weekend!.

  • Claire Robinson
    11/11/2015 at 09:15

    So pretty. I think dahlias look beautiful a jumble of colours and shapes. I too have visions of a plentiful cutting patch, yet always seem to leave them in the garden as they look so pretty. Next year, must plant more!

  • Philipom
    11/11/2015 at 10:19

    Ben je ooit in het najaar in de buurt van Haarlem, dan moet je echt even langs bij Geerlings, een Dahlia-kweker in Heemstede met velden vol prachtige Dahlia’s Je pakt een emmer en een schaartje en je knipt je eigen boeket, je betaalt een habbekrats per stengel, je geld laat je achter in de oude koektrommel. Elke keer weer zo’n feest!

  • sahika
    17/11/2015 at 16:12

    I saw your blog on pinterest. Very lovely colors. I love this colors. I follow you everytime 🙂

  • mary
    19/11/2015 at 15:38

    Yvonne, everything you do has such beauty and love in it. I am going to try to grow some Dahlias, in the similar colors that you have chosen… well, as our little plot of land will allow 🙂 .
    I noticed your circle of plates. I have such a circle and was contemplating how much i liked plates on the wall. My circle is not quite complete, it almost looks like a child or coat of arms as such. Thanks to you i have a fresh idea for my narrow wall ~ paint my kitchen white again and add a bit of shiplap to my narrow wall.
    Thank you for wonderful inspiration on all fronts!
    In case you want to see my little circle of plates ~https://www.flickr.com/photos/67389006@N00/3182793948/in/album-72157612313137045/

    With Kindness,