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.