Dahlias

marricgardensMarch 19, 2012

After years of saying I wouldn't plant any more bulbs for the voles, I gave in and bought some dahlia tubers at HD. They were 2 varieties to a pkg. and I bought 2 pkg. Today I potted them up. I didn't realize how much I was getting, each variety had 5-6 tubers. They were Minnesota, Orion, Arabian Night and Le Baron. The only thing is none were seperately labeled so I should get nice surprises popping up! I also bought a new hosta called 'Yellow splash Rim'. It was already in leaf in the pkg. and is 3". While I was in buying mode, I decided to buy some viola seeds, I plant them in the hosta garden. I bought 3 different types of pansies, 1 pkg. of violas and 2 types of petunias. Think I will stop buying for now. Marg

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savona(z2bBCCanada)

Oh no no no Marg..never say you quit buying for now. Now things will leap right off the shelf into your hands...lol. Arabian Nights is one of my favorite dahlias. I bought another Star's Favorite to replace the one I lost from last year. I start Dahlias from seed but cant resist the packages in the store with their lovely faces on them 8-)
Jean

    Bookmark   March 19, 2012 at 7:09PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

I love Arabian Night. This year was the first in a long time that it didn't come out of storage in good shape, so I went right out and bought another one. I have more expensive and harder to get varieties, but I have to say that most summers, Arabian Night puts on a fabulous show that is hard to beat.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 1:38AM
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marricgardens

Jean, I don't think I will ever quit buying, it's to much fun! Good to hear about Arabian Night! Years ago I had one called Fuzzy Wuzzy that I wouldn't mind finding again. Mine rotted in the ground a few years ago when we had a really wet summer. Actually the dahlias were DH idea. I expect he will get more because he really likes the big flowers. I got interested in them again when I saw Alan's post on the daylily forum. He lives in Australia and his dahlias were just as nice as his daylilies. Marg

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 8:21AM
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savona(z2bBCCanada)

Some years are great dahlia years and some aren't. Last year was almost a bust. Arabian night did bloom really well regardless of the cool wet summer and the huge infestation of aphids it got.
Jean

    Bookmark   March 20, 2012 at 2:37PM
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