Dahlias need four things to thrive.
First, they need rich soil. I enrich mine with homemade compost and mushroom compost.
Second, they need a lot of water to grow. Mine are at the bottom of a hill with a berm.
Third, they must be supported. I have been negligent in this so excuse the messy stake job.
The fourth thing that MUST happen is cool weather. Dahlias struggle until it cools down.
Then they show off with giant, heavy blooms.
These are my three favorites, Thomas A Edison, Snow Country and Firepot.
I love the cool weather, also. I have wilted and withered all summer. Hooray fall!
I have had to water these dahlias during the drought.
I knew if I could just get them through to cooler weather
they would return to their glorious blooming condition.
I have been rewarded for my efforts.
They have pulled through and prospered.
Definitely worth the water.
I usually do not plant in rows.
But I envisioned a bed of tall dahlias along this walkway through a hill.
I thought it would be great to look down on the blooms.
Last fall I amended the soil with all the ingredients dahlias love…
compost from the kitchen, bunny poop and mushroom compost.
I even topped them off with a special stinky concoction that included fish emulsion and Epsom salts.
They have grown wonderfully.
They were so beefy they needed extra staking.
I think my dahlias are happy in a row.
I have many dahlias. It may not surprise you that most of them are purple.
I have three favorites. Only one of which is purple.
These three are the most trouble, because they are dinner plate dahlias.
The blooms are so large that plant must be supported by stakes and fences.
These three need more water that the smaller dahlias. They need more nutrients.
It takes a lot of work on my part and the plant’s part to produce those big beautiful blooms.
I have decided to let some of my dahlias go. I can’t bring them all in.
There is not enough space… or energy… or time to save them all.
So which three will be dug up, stored and treasured?
The three big, needy ones will.
Because when we work together, we make something beautiful.
Synergy in the garden.