Have I ever mentioned that I like dahlias?
Well I really, really, like them.
They are gorgeous and come in so many colors and forms. I bought the ones you see blooming below last summer, at one of my favorite garden shops in Carmel, California while on a visit to my sister a few years ago. They are very generous with their charming puffs of pink and yellow flowers. The only caveat - as with all dahlias, early staking, they are very brittle and there is nothing more difficult than trying to tie back up a large dahlia that has collapsed.
Every year I plant a few more tubers, most come back every year but I usually loose a few. So this year when they were available I indulged myself.
Most of them I purchased from Home Depot but I also sent away for some rarer types, such as Cafe au lait, which is an indescribable pink/buff/white color.
Since I favor pinks in the garden, they are pretty much all shades of pink, purple, a striking maroon and a couple of yellows.
Not only are dahlias nice in the garden but they also make splendid bouquets. In fact some of the flowers are so large that they make a bouquet in themselves.
I managed to get all of these planted last week. Now all I have to do is wait for them to sprout and not forget to stake them early. I hope that here at Rose Arbors this will be the best summer for Dahlias ever!
Life is always better with a garden.
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