Devoted to Dahlias

I was going to do a general ‘English country garden in August’ post today because I’ve been taking photos around the place to keep a record of what’s going on in the garden now that we’ve been here for almost 9 months and thought I might as well share!!

We didn’t have a clear idea of what was already planted in the garden by the previous owners as we moved in the late autumn/winter but now we do and the current ‘Head Gardener’ hasn’t been able to resist adding a lot of new plants despite all the good intentions we had of ‘wait and see’ so it’s a little bit of a jungly cottage garden at the moment.

Despite Dahlias having a bit of a reputation for being ‘old fashioned’ – whatever that means in terms of plants and flowers – I love them for their ‘in your face’ beauty, kaleidoscopic colours and variety of forms – I wanted to plant some for cut flowers but, when it comes to it, it seems a shame to disturb them.

Well, apart from these inherited ones growing in a raised bed in the vicinity of the veg patch.ย  They are fair game.

So, I’ll leave the lavender bushes, the sunflowers, sweet peas and veggies – and sewing –ย  for another post and leave you with my amateurish (on phone in intermittent sun) attempts at capturing some of these lovelies.

I can’t remember any names except I think one is called ‘Crazy Love’ and that seems appropriate.

and last but definitely not least my favourite one of all.

Until I see an even more lavish one that is.

Are you a Dahlia fan?

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  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on August 6, 2021 - 13:03

    Such beauties! To me, when it comes to flowers, old-fashioned is never a bad thing.

  2. #3 by nanacathy2 on August 6, 2021 - 14:05

    I think I am the only person on the planet not to care for them, but they do make a big impact. Look forward to the lavender and sweet peas, now those I love.

    • #4 by tialys on August 6, 2021 - 15:17

      The postman isn’t keen on our lavender as it has exploded all over the pathway and, if it’s been raining, his legs get wet on the way to our postbox. It’s his own fault for wearing shorts in all weathers, as almost all postman appear to do in England for some reason,

    • #5 by Wild Daffodil on August 9, 2021 - 14:26

      I don’t love them either. They need too much attention for my liking and no scent.
      They are great for colour, but I prefer a wilder look.

      • #6 by tialys on August 9, 2021 - 14:49

        We haven’t paid them any particular attention – no staking or anything – and they have been planted amidst the jungle of our, possibly overplanted, cottage garden. So, they look pretty wild and, at the moment, we can’t smell anything above the constant muck spreading going on in the fields. ๐Ÿ’ฉ๐Ÿ˜ท

  3. #7 by katechiconi on August 7, 2021 - 22:35

    Cathy is not alone. I don’t care for them much, but if I have to like a dahlia, I like the huge spiky ones in pale colours. Your No. 4 photo, for example. But they are easy to grow and do make a show.

    • #8 by tialys on August 8, 2021 - 08:54

      I’m surprised – both of you are fans of much brighter, flamboyant colours than I am in sewing and knitting or maybe it’s something else about them you don’t like.
      Still, judging by the less than enthusiastic reaction to this post, it’s me that’s in the minority here.
      There aren’t really many flowering plants I don’t like but I’m not keen on annual begonias (busy lizzies) or, once they’ve reached flowering stage, Sedum Spectabile. Plus I’m not so keen on Chrysanthemums since living in France where, at least where I lived, they sell huge pots of them at Toussaint to put on graves – the rest of the year they just use plastic flowers.

      • #9 by katechiconi on August 12, 2021 - 07:22

        I think it’s the colour spectrum they mainly occupy, and the fact that their scent is so disappointing. My flowery dislikes tend to be in the yellow/orange/burgundy spectrum, but I’ll forgive even those colours if the flower smells lovely. You’re right, though, dahlias and chrysants make me think of funeral flowers and apology-bunches bought from petrol stations!

  4. #10 by magpiesue on August 8, 2021 - 23:03

    You’re not in the minority! Dahlias are a favorite where I live. If I could garden I’d probably have a bed of them myself. Like you, I’m enamored of the variety of colors and forms available. That orange, yellow-tipped beauty or one of those pink ones with stripes would be my first choices from the ones you’ve shared. I am surprised that Kate isn’t a fan given her color preferences. ๐Ÿ˜

    • #11 by tialys on August 9, 2021 - 09:35

      Yes, although in quilts, dressmaking and knitted or crochet blankets I tend to go for more muted colours (although not always). Maybe it’s not the colours Kate doesn’t like as I’ve seen some very colourful blooms in photos of her own garden – some people just don’t like Dahlias full stop.

  5. #12 by kathyreeves on August 9, 2021 - 01:06

    So pretty! I received a dahlia from one of my piano moms, and I am looking forward to it blooming…soon I hope! Until then I am enjoying the zinnias I planted. They have been a delightful burst of color in the garden this year. DH is even saying so!

    • #13 by tialys on August 9, 2021 - 09:32

      Oh, yes, I love Zinnias too. The lady next door only has blue and white flowers in her garden – she gave us a plant that turned out to be pink and so wouldn’t plant it! We plant for colour, for suitability to the climate and our soil and for bees and other insects to enjoy. Each to their own I suppose.

  6. #14 by DawnGillDesigns on August 12, 2021 - 08:45

    I love them, but we always fail to grow them, so I have given up!

    • #15 by tialys on August 12, 2021 - 09:18

      The worse things – I’ve noticed – is the keeping the tubers over winter bit and the keeping the slugs and snails off them. Weirdly, the slugs appear to have attacked two identical plants really viciously, chomping all the flowers off, but have left the others alone. Maybe that variety is more ‘juicy’. We inherited one that the previous owners left in a raised bed with no protection over winter and it is tall, upright, loads of flower heads and no slug damage it has thrived on neglect.

  7. #16 by Susan Nixon on August 15, 2021 - 00:26

    I’ve never had Dahlias and didn’t realize what a variety there were, all beautiful!

    • #17 by tialys on August 15, 2021 - 11:57

      They do come in a lot of different shapes and colours – usually quite flamboyant. No scent but I can live with that as I’ve got plenty of other scent in the garden. You usually have to protect the tubers over winter but we have one that survived being left in a raised bed – we didn’t realise it was there – and that is blooming away magnificently now.

  8. #18 by Evie Jones on August 16, 2021 - 17:14

    Weโ€™ve just planted our first dahlia. I suspect it wonโ€™t be our last. ๐Ÿ˜

  9. #20 by cedar51 on August 20, 2021 - 23:38

    I’m way beyond on reading blogs, some will just get a like – but your gorgeous flowering dahlias have brightened up this dull wintery day in NZ where we are now in our highest level of lockdown, the dreaded Delta variant has arrived … and I’m home in my bubble, in home alone stance… I’ll be okay, I’ve lots of craft supplies and the pantry/food cupboards are full to the brim…

    • #21 by tialys on August 21, 2021 - 09:23

      I’m so pleased to have brightened up your day and commiserations for going into yet another lockdown although it sounds as if you have all the most important necessities of life to keep you going.

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