I haven’t cut any of my dahlias yet, waiting till all our open days are over to ensure the small impact they are making is retained; blooms are still minimal anyway, but most plants have now got at least one bloom or a bud showing colour and it won’t be long before they begin their generous handout, a full 3 or 4 months of non-stop flowering. I bought 3 new tubers from Peter Nyssen this year and an additional three plants were grown from cuttings; all the other tubers were lifted after the first frost last year (October sometime), cleaned up and then wrapped in newspaper and kept in a cool room until January 22nd when they were potted up in recycled compost and kept in a frost-free greenhouse. Most of the latter were then planted out on April 26th when I deduced from the BBC weather app that frost was unlikely in the next fortnight, and the others as soon as I felt they were large enough. Eight were planted in the cutting beds and the remainder (about nine) in 20 litre pots.
For Jon the Propagator’s Saturday meme, here are just six of them: