I’m a sucker for a nice dahlia. There are a few I overwinter each year, but one cold night last winter I broke down and committed to some new ones. Here are the first of them, cut and artfully (hah!) arranged on the kitchen table.
The three peachy ones towards the front have been with me for years, but the others are all new. I got my new ones from Swan Island Dahlias, but you can do the same (maybe cheaper) at any box store or general bulb seller in the spring. Mine all appear to be exactly as labeled, cheaper sources are sometimes hit or miss….. but if you just want a couple beautiful flowers, is a name that important? They also look great in the garden. Here’s “Moonstruck” which is the best bloomer so far.
“Pink Petticoat” is a little girly for me in both name and color but if pushed I’ll admit I like the two toned color and the smooth wide petals. It also has outer petals that curl back around to the stem, and I think this is important for show quality blooms, but mine rarely go further than the kitchen!
Ok. So I really like Pink Petticoat too.
I find dahlias easy to grow. Most of mine are in the vegetable garden since it’s easier to plant and dig there, and I don’t do anything special as far as care. A full sun spot, a little compost when planting, a bit of miracle grow if they look pale, and a stake to keep them upright, and you should be good to go. That reminds me, mine are still unstaked… another do as I say, not as I do moment 🙂