Despite following guidance and advice I have still been bereft of dahlias so far this year – until I spotted this flower on ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ today. This is at least a small success story as it must be the third season in office for the Bishop – the first winter he snuggled down underground for the winter but last year he was lifted and spent a warmer few months drying out in the greenhouse, like an alcoholic at a rehabilitation clinic. The pink and purple Sarah Raven dahlias I treated myself to are still struggling amidst crocosmia foliage and may or may not get round to flowering – but I have spotted a single bud on a sown-from-seed ‘Bishop’s Children’ so that could be something to look forward to. Janet at Plantaliscious has recommended dahlia tubers from Peter Nyssen as well as growing them in pots – so at least I could get them to flowering stage before placing the pots amongst other foliage. Disheartened? Not me!
Another pleasant surprise today was to find the sunflower bud from my Monday vase opening up, certainly something I did not expect – hurrah! for the sunflower as well as the Bishop!