They are one of the great gifts of fall
And in my book fall has many gifts.
You may recall about a year ago when
I realized I needed to move my Dahlia bed
From it’s original home that had become too shady
To the east side of my Garden House.
It’s much sunnier here
Meaning more Dahlia blooms.
Just love that.
These dramatic blooms
Are an explanation point toward the end of the garden season.
Dahlias are relatively easy to grow.
Plant the tubers 6″ – 8″ deep in the early spring
After the nights warm up past freezing.
I usually go ahead and put up the fencing
As soon as I plant them.
Actually I use triangular tomato cages
Reinforced with a little re-bar.
Because to get blooms the size of your head
You get lots and lots of plant.
So fencing from the beginning
Insures that you keep them growing up
And not everywhere else.
Then as the bloom stocks grow and grow
I stake them individually.
Because giant blooms
Are not a good combination.
It sound like more work than it actually is
But like most things in life
It’s well worth it!
Enjoy this glorious fall.
P.S. The Bees like them,too!