The Royal Horticultural Society of Ireland is holding a Dahlia Show. It will take place in the Teak House at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin 9 on Saturday 26th September 2.30pm - 5pm & Sunday 27th September 10am - 5pm. Presentation of prizes will be on the Saturday at 4pm. All are welcome. Admission free. Further details from 01 493 7154 or at www.rhsi.ie
Early last winter we lifted all our Dahlias that we had growing throughout the gardens and packed them into sawdust for storage through the winter...well now we took the leap of faith and started to fish these out for planting and potting up.
I'm delighted that we lost none to rot or vermin...to be honest I hadn't had a chance to check them apart from a nominal peek into the bag every now and then.
We took some straight out and planted into our new raised garden at the front of the Springtown campus and others we've kept for potting up.
Dahlia American Pie
I've fallen in love with Dahlias...everywhere I go I admire, I photograph and I wonder....where can I fit more in!!
Recently I wrote about the wonderful Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff, and posted pictures of some other Dahlias we have growing from seed in NWRC which are in flower now, and will only get bigger and better each year.
I was delighted to see this new and exclusive variety American Pie being offered, it has the same deep foliage colour of the Bishop of LLandaff and a similar compact habit, reaching about 2'. Like the Bishop it'll work well in pots.....or the flower bed...whatever you fancy really!
Like other Dahlias I'd be lifting the tubers and storing the plants in a frost free location for replanting the following spring..
The bright red flowers of Dahlias - Bishop of Llandaff are a summer joy, fast growing and producing lots of flowers from Summer through Autumn. Growing from a swollen root called a Tuber these plants flower year after year and each year the plants get bigger and bigger producing more and more flowers!!
Ideal for big pots and flower beds, Dahlias are ideal for every garden. As long as they get good sun they grow fierce well. Bishop of Llandaff doesn't grow as tall as other Dahlias so you don't have to stake them like the taller ones, but they will flower at about 3' tall. The foliage is super and brightens any flower bed.
B&Q were having a massive clearance on summer flowering bulbs they had left, these were in packs so we just potted them all...we used some multi purpose compost enriched with some extra fertiliser, and a wee dusting of mycorrhizal fungii when we were planting.Have ended up with a serious selection of lillies, dahlias, anemone, freesie, liatris, gladiola, crocosmia spider lilly, begonia and other perennials such as anemone, echinops, hosta, geum, grannys bonnet and more, all ideal for growing in pots now for transplanting next springI should be able to create some serious planted areas in the north west regional college next year...something great to look forward too.
these we dahlia plants, only sown on the 4th of April have came on great and now they were ready to be potted up into the next size of pot, Dahlia is such an easy plants to grow from seed, give great flower value and then in the Autumn you can select the colorus you like - lift these small tubers, store them in the shed or somewhere over winter and re-plant them next spring again and then each year they get bigger and bigger!!
as we potted them (into a compost and perlite mix) we dusted the roots with the Mycorrhizal fungii...
We'll leave these in the pots now and they will be ready for planting into tubs, borders wherever we fancy them in about 4 weeks time
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