Six on Saturday: Early Onset Dahlias

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:

Dahlia ‘Dorothy Rose’

Dahlia ‘Nuit d’Éte’

Dahlia ‘Happy Halloween’, a little past its best, presumably after all that trick and treating

Dahlia ‘Golden Girl’, usually a magnet for pollen beetles

Dahlia ‘Bishop of Canterbury’

Dahlia ‘Willo’s Violet’, a golf ball size pom pon dahlia and apart from the colour not what I had been hoping for when I ordered it

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41 Responses to Six on Saturday: Early Onset Dahlias

  1. mmyselfni3 says:

    Very beautiful!❤️

  2. Bet I know which the golfer likes best 😉

  3. Noelle says:

    What a lovely lot…I was going to sing along ‘What a lovely bunch of Dahlias instead of coconuts’! My favourite is the last one…

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I can see why that would have popped into your head 😀 Myself, I think I just have ‘least favourites’…

  4. bcparkison says:

    Oh how pretty. I have never grown them until this year. One was ina box of plants my nursery friend send me. It hasn’t produced a flower yet but the plandt is still alive….so….maybe.

  5. Susan K. Hagen says:

    ‘Bishop of Canterbury’ is lovely–they all are. I have a very short bloom time in Alabama; it gets just too hot and (usually) too dry by late summer. But I love dahlias and do have some buds promising to open soon.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Susan – the label on B of C had been lost since last year so I was really pleased when I saw what it was when it flowered. Hope your buds open soon

  6. Brian Skeys says:

    Dahlias rotating with tulips provide Colour in the garden for almost eight months of the year. Interestingly I have found a few dahlia seedlings in the garden where growing last year. I am looking forward to seeing them flowering.

    • Cathy says:

      That’s interesting about the seedlings Brian. I have a few bought-in supermarket dahlias from last year that I left in the ground and have sprouted, but they are so hidden by foliage they don’t stand a chance

  7. What a stunning dahlia collection – you will have some wonderful cutting blooms soon!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ciar – yes, I think I might be cutting for a vase of them very soon – even since Saturday there have been more blooms

  8. Good luck with your garden openings – the visitors will surely love all those beautiful dahlias. I grow dahlias too but those varieties are all new to me so thanks for giving me some new ideas.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Katharine – the openings have all gone well and I shall write more about them later. There are some even prettier dahlias still to appear!!

  9. I bought a lot of dahlia tubers from Peter Nyssen which are doing really well, although if you see my Six on Saturday, I’ve either mixed up my labels (more likely) or the tuber packet name was wrong (unlikely) so the colour scheme has gone array. I also have Bishop of Canterbury, having seen the fabulous cerise flower on the dark stems – so striking.

    • Cathy says:

      Most of my dahlias came from PN too, Ronnie. B of C was new last year and didn’t flower especially well then, but it has clearly bulked up and looks very happy now

  10. I love all your Dahlias!
    I haven’t had any success with Dahlias. They have been munched to death by snails and slugs in all the rain we had in the spring. Do you use a mulch? Or how do you keep them from being eaten to death? Thanks

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you 🙂 Mine are all in the cutting beds or big pots where it easier to control them. I find it is when they are surrounded by other foliage that they are more likely to succumb to slugs and snails. I just used pellets when I first planted them out but haven’t needed them since

  11. Heyjude says:

    I am trying Dahlias for the first time – got 50p tubers at the end of May and three have sprouted. I have just planted them in the raised beds today with a generous dusting of organic slug pellets! Here’s hoping I get one flower!

  12. Wow, you have some beauties! I overwintered two types of tubers–one set is just about to flower, the other never sprouted. Like HeyJude, I’m new to Dahlias–the ones I planted last summer produced well. I’ll be curious to see how the flowers look this year. They sure are beautiful!

    • Cathy says:

      Good luck with them, Beth – I am fairly new to them, probably only growing them for the last 5 or 6 year, but I seem to have got the process right now as I have a degree of success every year

  13. tonytomeo says:

    After years without dahlias, I started to grow my first in a long time this year. It was very important to me because I found it in a barn where it was stored TWO autumns ago! Someone dug it and put it in a bucket of sawdust, but neglected to plant it again. It somehow survived in a bucket of sawdust through last year. I found it trying to grow again this year! I quickly buried it, and it started to grow. HOWEVER, a locust tree that fell between two buildings with surprisingly minimal damage clobbered it directly! It is recovering again, and should be fine next year. We really do not need to dig them here, so I will leave it in the ground.

  14. Lora Hughes says:

    Dahlia’s are always so diverse. Love Happy Halloween the best, but they’re all pretty striking.

  15. Cathy you have a fabulous and impressive for its beauty collection of dahlias, I love them. Last year I tried to grow dahlias and since we arrived at the country house in mid-April, there is still a risk of frost. So I planted the tubers in pots and leaves came out. They were in my room that is the brightest, but I could not plant them outside because of the cold. They sprouted a bit and in the end I played it and planted it at the end of May in the garden. Only one of them grew healthy and at the end of September it gave two flowers. The other two dried the leaves and got bad, having the same amount of sun. I left the tubers on the ground, but I have not yet gone to the country house and nobody has watered anything. There will be all the dead plants, including the dahlia tubers. It’s a shame, but the circumstances of life rule. Greetings from Margarita.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Margarita – you are very philosophical about your own dahlias…

      • Cathy after my work accident and how I stayed and how I am now of pains and things I can not do and accept, I have become quite philosophical or pasota with things that do not matter in life. In life I care about the diseases of my Father and my Mother, the one that my Father almost does not eat. For me, my garden in the country house was very important in March and May and I cried for it. But my Mother has made me understand with her wisdom that what really matters is health. And I have looked at my Mother who has a very rare degenerative disease of the marrow of which she was already operated, because she has no cure, and now she is very ill, struggling; and I think about the plants in my garden (that there is no rarity) dying dry. What is the important? The health of my Mother and my Father. The plants that have died will remove them and I will buy them. I will cry when I see them dead and I will be sad for a few days. And I’ll even change the design of the garden a bit. Yes, Cathy, life makes you become a philosopher. Loving greetings from Margarita.

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