Yesterday I mailed off my dahlia orders for 2011.
Growing dahlias became a passion despite the limited sunshine on my property and despite my increasing interest in native and woodland plants. I keep records in a separate journal to track the success and failure of each year.
The classifications of dahlias are numerous and each year I explore different areas. Dahlias are grouped by the size of their blooms (AA,A, B,BB, M, P) and by their characteristics ( lacinated, waterlily, cactus, etc.) I was growing many formal decorative and informal decorative the first years of my dallying in dahlias. Now I try to venture into the other areas as well. One of my all time favorites is Bed Head, IC(incurved cactus) introduced in 2005 which I purchased from Swan Island Dahlias. I did not have success with digging, storing, dividing and replanting this variety as I have had with so many others, so I re-ordered it this year.
I could write a book on dahlias, or should I say, I’d LIKE to write a book on dahlias, but there is already a good one out there given to me by my dear friend Andrea, THE GARDENER’S GUIDE TO GROWING DAHLIAS by Gareth Rowlands. As a matter of fact, this friend fueled my dahlia passion by giving me a $100.00 gift certificate to Swan Island Dahlias many years ago. I can thank her for many years of joy with dahlias!
I also placed an order with Brent and Becky’s Bulbs , a smaller grower but their prices are unbeatable and I love them!
22 days until Spring, and less until my tubers arrive when I begin another year of dabbling and dallying in dahlias!