Six on Saturday: David, Dorothy and Some Bishops

Most of my dahlias have been flowering for a few weeks, some now prolifically, and with some difficulty have chosen six to share on Jon the Propagator’s weekly meme, starting with David Howard (above) and Dorothy Rose below:

Top Totty (below) is just one of my favourites:

Two of my three bishops, both very different, the more common Bishop of Llandaff and the wine coloured (not accurately shown in the photo) Bishop of Auckland, who reminds me of dear blogging friend Dorris, who introduced me to him:

Finally, what should have been the deep pink Art Nouveau but turned out to be near-relative Art Deco, a pleasant surprise which serendipitously sits nicely next to apricot coloured rose Lady Emma Hamilton:


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23 Responses to Six on Saturday: David, Dorothy and Some Bishops

  1. Lovely! I have been thinking of trying some dahlias in our yard. Maybe next year!

  2. tonytomeo says:

    Wow, these are so much more impressive in other people’s gardens. We got a few at work for this year, although they are in a spot that we will be adding a tree to, perhaps as soon as next year. Dahlias do not need to be dug for winter here, but will get dug when the tree gets planted. Fortunately, there is plenty of other space to accommodate them.

    • Cathy says:

      Some in the UK risk leaving them in the ground, but it is not too onerous to lift them and then I know they will not rot in the ground

      • tonytomeo says:

        That seems to be the consensus in most regions. Some people here prefer to dig them, not because of rot, but because they like to divide and groom the tubers. Those that get crowded really do perform better if thinned, even if not annually. Dormancy is too brief for them to rot. I mean, they die back after the first frost, which is later than in most regions, and then begin to regenerate as the weather warms late in winter, which is earlier than in other regions. You know, it is weird that they start to grow sooner here than in most regions, but start to bloom later. That makes no sense. Some are late summer or autumn flowers.

  3. Katharine says:

    Some superb dahlias there. I’m a big fan of those bishops. The Bishop of Oxford started blooming in my garden this week.

    • Cathy says:

      I have others, but had to restrict myself to six – perhaps I will show another 6 next week!! I have (supposedly) B of Canterbury too, but I think he is an imposter…

  4. Heyjude says:

    If I could grow Dahlias like these then I would, they are gorgeous. But alas S&S and earwigs are too rampant in my garden so I shall just have to admire yours.

    • Cathy says:

      I do use the acceptable pellets when I first plant them out, but after that s&s are not a problem, nor earwigs, which I realise I ought to be very grateful for…

  5. Cathy says:

    That last dahlia is a winner… lucky you got the wrong one by mistake as it goes perfectly. I remember now why I don’t grow them… earwigs! Do you have any problems?

    • Cathy says:

      It is lovely Cathy, but I shall still ask Peter Nyssen for the correct one! One of our blogging community grew this one last year but I can’t remember who it was. And, no, no problems with earwigs…am I just lucky?

  6. Paddy Tobin says:

    All doing so very well.

  7. I have been repeatedly tempted by the true red of B of Llandaff (as well as the dark foliage) but suspect that they would not be fond of my clay soil. Also, my one attempt (decades ago) at lifting and storing dahlia tubers over the winter was a dismal failure. That said, I may give Bishop L a try next year anyhow, if there’s a chance he might bloom in August along with certain red crape myrtle…

    • Cathy says:

      I always forget how bright and red he is! What went wrong with your lifting and storing do you think?

      • Probably because the only place I had available at the time was the unheated garage which I suspect got colder in winter than I realized. The box was on a shelf on an outside wall, which didn’t help. Here at the Money Pit I have an unfinished basement; unheated but definitely warmer than a garage!

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