Six on Saturday: Late Summer Stalwarts

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29 Responses to Six on Saturday: Late Summer Stalwarts

  1. Such a nice assortment 😀

  2. janesmudgeegarden says:

    A lovely collection of dahlias all looking so healthy. It would be difficult to choose a favourite.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I don’t think I have a favourite because they each have different attributes – colour, shape, size, foliage. I am especially pleased to have ‘Top Totty’ though (the last one) as I have lusted after her for a couple of years and it is no longer available commercially so I eventually asked the person who grew the one I saw for a cutting.

  3. Cath Moore says:

    ah dahlias….a recent favourite to me….especially the snowball types

  4. Chloris says:

    You’ve got the dahlia bug then. Are the first four named or are they seedlings?

    • Cathy says:

      Oh, if you read the post on a laptop you can hover your mouse over them and see what they are but I don’t think it would be the same for tablets and phones – sorry about that – unknown and possibly a seedling from one of my first ever (not very successful) dahlias, Bishop of Canterbury, Nuit d’Ete, Jescot Julie. Then Golden Girl and Top Totty. I have about 16 varieties and would love more but haven’t really the space

  5. Heyjude says:

    I was going to say, and no nibbles until I reached #4. My one dahlia is being eaten by earwigs! Sigh!

    • Cathy says:

      The first dahlia I ever grew was gobbled up, but these are virtually untouched. They are all in the cutting beds, away from the main borders. Any I have tried in pots in the main borders get straggly and eaten (but by slugs and snails, I think) so I find it’s not worth trying although I have tried a couple of pots in the shrub border this year but they are hidden by very exuberant new cornus growth!

  6. Gorgeous! Love dahlias – what a variety!

    • Cathy says:

      And there are more, Phao – I love them all, although perhaps not Golden Girl (second from last) which was given to me as a cutting and is not one I would have chosen

  7. Joe Owens says:

    You have a nice variety of Dahlia styles and colors. Do you lift yours in the fall. We haven’t been, but they are not overwintering successfully overall, so we’re considering lifting to store for the cold months.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, I lift mine Joe – they could overwinter here some years but it is not worth the risk and the process of lifting and storing is not too much of an effort, although admittedly I use to think so before I became a huge fan of them

      • Joe Owens says:

        OK Cathy, Since you have the information. We have not been lifting ours because I have an uncle that is a retired biology professor who is the second generation of my family to grow dahlias and he leaves his in the ground but put A heavy amount of leaves on his to protect them over winter. He has had very good success with this. We have been trying wood chips that I get for free from my neighbor who has a lawn service but I believe the place that we’ve had our dahlias is too low in the last two winters we’ve had so much rain I think that the bulbs have rotted. So we are sitter is seriously considering not only lifting our bulbs But also re-locating them. I found a couple of variety bags Of dahlia bulbs at Walmart this spring so we created a new Dahlia bed further up the hill with a slope to keep water from standing. I believe the plan is going to be to expand that to include the bulbs that we dick up.

  8. Lora Hughes says:

    A great group of dahlias. They all have their merits, as all dahlias do, but I really like the untidy ones, #1 & #3. #4 has the most gorgeous tones as well. These all must look fantastic in your garden where their foliage offsets the beautiful colours.

  9. tonytomeo says:

    My colleague down south refers to them as ‘dago sunflowers’. Just so you know, I grow only few.

  10. Cathy I love all her magnificent and extraordinary dahlias. They are ladies full of charm and beauty. Thank you for being by my side when I need it most. Greetings with love from Margarita xx

    • Cathy says:

      Our blogging community can be very supportive, Margarita, and I am pleased to know you felt the benefit of it. The dahlias have been especially good this year

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