Delightful Dahlias!

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My dahlias not only came back this year they have grown so tall it’s getting hard to reach the blooms to cut them off, I have no idea what is going on under the soil, and considering the only soil is what I added, they are growing like mad!  Dahlias are so much fun, I am always amazed when I plant the tubers that look like dried doggy you-know-what, that they grow into these stunning plants with flowers like works of art!

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That’s the one thing with dahlias is never count them out, the tuber for the plant above looked dead, seriously no signs of growth so I put it in where I thought they would get enough sun and low and behold a stunning, big purple flower with white tips emerged!  Dahlias are serious business with shows being held all over the world.

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There are thousands of types of dahlias each one having it’s own set of descriptive terms like fimbriated, involute, lanciated, collarette, pom pom and cactus!  Keep cutting the blooms and the plant will keep blooming until fall.  Personally I will leave all these in the ground over winter and anxiously await to see if they come back for a third season.  I am also planning to add more, my friend has a magenta one and I saw a mauve one on my walk recently.

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These flowers are so cheery on an early fall day, and for my garden they are the perfect plant to make the transition from summer to fall adding colour when other plants are finished.

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Pinkie’s Up!

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