Since March, if you follow our garden chores, dahlias required some attention almost every week and every month, and now, finally, we reap the reward! Of the 40 tubers that I planted in the raised beds this Spring, only about half are now blooming. The woodchuck(s), that attacked the dahlias by pulling down the thick stems and eating the leaves and tips of so many plants, were my natural “stoppers” and “disbudders”. The plants were slowed from blooming each time the animal “pinched” back the growing tip. After we caught the second woodchuck last week, the growth has been swift. I hope the pair are happy in the new woods; we took them to a place where there is water and lots of acreage to forage, away from neighborhoods.
This is when I am thankful I was meticulous with my note keeping, drawing plans and marking each tuber. So I know ‘Babylon Bronze’
from ‘Kelvin Floodlight’.
and those replaced, it’s like having an oversized classroom of children starting school. Learn their names quickly, observe their positive attributes and try to help their shortcomings. When they are altogether, they make a lovely group.
Yes, it is all about the dahlias in September, but let’s not forget that the roses are trying one last time to please us!