Bev Davis’ Gardening Tips for Dahlias –
Why are Dahlias a great flower to add to your garden?
- Dahlias come in a variety of colors. If you follow a color theme in your garden, you can find a bulb to compliment your theme. Even if you just like one-color variety, there is a large range from which to choose, including dark purples, reds, pinks, yellow and even some two-tone combinations
- Dahlias make an excellent cutting flower. Most stems are strong enough for large or small arrangements. The “Dinner-Dish” varieties are spectacular just alone in a vase or floating singly in water.
- Dahlias can take direct sunlight all day long or a sun/shade combination.
- Dahlias need water but are not temperamental like impatiens which like lots of water. Dead-heading is really easy. As blooms fade, they require just an easy clip and discard to your compost pile.
- Dahlias bloom from early spring to late fall. The more you clip the flowers, the more come behind….you always have a show of brilliant color in your garden.
- Dahlias are an annual here in New England. BUT they are easy winter keepers. Just dig the bulb and knock the soil off. Place in a bucket and put in a cool and dark place like a cellar or basement. Cover lightly with a tarp. The bulbs really need to be kept in the dark over the winter. During the growing season bulbs multiply and can be split before replanting in the spring — (I like 3-4 bulbs with each planting).
- Dahlia bulbs can be purchased at any nursery or you can buy blooming plants.
However, we have a deal for you!
I have deep red/yellow center plants that grow about 4-5 feet tall. They have produced multiple bulbs, more than we can use in the Captain Lord Mansion gardens. Thus, we are proposing selling our excess bulbs as a fundraiser for our breast cancer survivors.
If you would like to have a packet of these bulbs, the first 20 people who order and make a donation of $50.00 to our “Dime for Time” Fundraiser honoring Bev’s Sister Lois (who lost her battle with breast cancer 12 years ago) will receive their bulbs in late April along with planting instructions. 100% of the donation will be given to “My Breast Cancer Support“, a 501 c-3 Charity in Portsmouth, New Hampshire which financially and emotionally supports women during their struggle with breast cancer.
So, make a donation for breast cancer patient support and add Captain Lord Mansion Dahlias to your garden.