Culti-Vate Homemade #027 Dahlias

by Culti-Vate

This year I am almost doubling the varieties of plants and flowers I am growing specifically for cutting, this includes dahlias. I adore these frill extravagant blooms, often slightly brash and gaudy in colour but when paired with more delicate stems they can looks mesmerising. I am not the only one in my family with a love of Dahlias, my mum delights in them as much as I do, which came in handy when ordering tubers this year. With so many varieties out there it’s hard not to get carried away, so we did. A few weeks ago our 230 ugly dangling tubers arrived (it’s hard to believe something so ugly can grow into something so pretty!), 10 of each variety we chose (just one variety is missing form the pictures below). There is a really mixture of petal shapes and shades, some more traditional, like the first two below Café au Lait & White Perfection, and then others like Phantom, that have that more vibrant playful appearance. If Phantom blooms just like the photo suggests then expect to be bombarded with photos!

Dahlia Tubers

From this to that… (actual Café au Lait tuber)

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Café au Lait

Dahlia- White Perfection

White Perfection

05

Optic Illusion & Wine Eyed Jill

preference

Preference

06

Blue Boy & Eveline

phantom

Phantom

03

Aitara Diadem & Rebecca’s World

peaches

Peaches

01

Soulman & Karma Choc

04

Chianti & Arabian Night

David Howard

David Howard

rembrant

Rembrant Mix

02

Nuit D’Ete & Mingus Gregory

So later in the year I should be absolutely surrounded by bloom after bloom of these multi coloured beauties, far more than I know what to do with so look out for opportunities to buy plants/flowers when the time comes! Watch this space!

All tuber bought wholesale from J Parker Bulbs

All images sourced from google.

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