For the Love of Dahlias

Growing up Dahlias didn’t feature in our garden. I think my Gran grew some, probably the tight pom-pom varieties because when I think of the flower that is what comes to mind first. But these days there are many more types to choose from they are and some of the most elegant flowers you can grow.

Over the years since I have been growing flowers to harvest I’ve tried a many different varieties and had varying rates of success with both the growing and the over wintering. Here in Leeds we can’t leave the tuber in the ground over winter. After the first frost we lift them and store them as dry as possible and hope the make it. The professional Dahlia growers go through the process of washing all the soil off, drying the tubers and then storing. But that sounds like hard work to me…..

The way we do it not all survive but I decided that price was okay to pay!

When we dig up the tubers it is inevitable that the labels have gone missing so last autumn we ended up with a pile of tubers and no idea which was which. Gav in his usual comedic way labeled them all ‘Dahlia’ when he potted them up in spring this year…… Funny. Not.

I vowed right then back in April that I would endeavour to identify them all when they flowered. And this post is a way to document what we’ve got so next year, if they all make it through the winter, I’ll have a head start.

Right up there at the top is the vibrant ‘Rebecca’s World’. Next is my favourite ‘Labyrinth’ then comes ‘Bishop of Leicester’. The pink one above eludes me. There are so many pink Dahlias that when I searched on the internet I got to many to whittle down…..

The one above is ‘Karma Choc’ and lastly we have ‘Crazy Love’.

There is one plant yet to flower as I was very late getting it into the ground. Hope it’s a different one so I can add it to my collection. I know they may not all survive but if they do at least I know what we’ve got and what new ones to buy to add to the collection!