Dahlias For Late Summer Cut Flowers

This will be a short article written on my Ipad from the top of a mountain just outside of Asheville. It’s the first of September and a lot of the summer flowers have started fading. It is a bit too early for chrysanthemums but just right for dahlia blooms.

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We planted tubers in the late spring next to a fence around a tennis court. I think they are referred to as tubers–the old ladies around here always called them “dahlia taters”.
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Some varieties of dahlias will do well in a large clay pot. The flowers below grace a corner of Dot Fletcher’s deck in Rome , Georgia.
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This year I found some tubers at Home Depot and ordered more from K. Van Bourgondien and Sons. I have found over the years that plants grown from tubers out-perform seed grown varieties.
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The plants will return year after year. In milder parts of the south the tubers are left in the ground. In colder areas the tubers should be dug up in november and stored in a cool, dry location.
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Dahlias call for remembrance.  One must remember to plant them in the spring and in November –well, in November you got to remember to dig them dahlia taters.

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Update on “Country Formal Cutting Garden”

I had a chance to visit the Todino’s cutting garden this week.  The tulips were showing of. If you saw the earlier article, I showed the varieties and the planting method for colors and for early, mid season, and late blooming.  That article is here:

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A couple of weeks before the above picture was taken, Dekie and I stopped by and planted some snapdragons that will fill in after the tulips.  I had found some rather nice plants at Lowe’s

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Here’s a picture of Dekie helping with the planting. I’m still suffering mobility issues because of the cancer treatments. I don’t know what I would do without Sweetie and her wonderful helpful attitude.  

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I’m liking the way the overall garden is looking these days.  I plan to plant several colors of coneflower in the center of the bed for summer bloom and a few dahlias for fall.  We’ll see. It is a wonderful experiment, though.  I really don’t think I can mess up.

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Do you have suggestions for a cutting garden? 

Progress report, I only have two more radiation treatments after today.  Yay for that.

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Planting Tulips in the “Country Formal” cut flower garden.

I can picture Dr. Todino sitting at his desk on a warm summer’s day and thinking about the coming spring. I know what catalogue he was looking at, too, because I appropriated it (the word “Stole” would not apply here, because I do plan to return it.).

Tulip catalogue

Order the bulbs any time, they will be shipped at the correct time for planting

We started a nice cutting garden last summer—what I named “country formal.”  You may wish to check the installation by clicking on this address. The garden is divided into four raised beds in a circular pattern that are installed with brick borders for a compost planting medium. All I had planted so far was pansies. I knew that Doc had ordered a lot of bulbs but I didn’t know how many.

I have to work by email and text while I’m waiting for my voice to come in, and the other night as I was watching Buck Rogers, I got a text—“How many tulips do you need for the garden?”

I thought, “I’ll fix him.” I texted back, “400”  I grinned as I waited for the answer which was, “What colors?”  I felt that I had been put firmly in my place.

I took my drill and my auger but I found early on that they weren’t needed. We were able to just take a mattock and scrape a trench in the soft compost. I decided to put the bulbs in a row directly behind the pansies. I’m working this garden toward the center where I plan to plant a collection of cone flowers (Echinacea)

Planting tulip bulbs in December

Planting tulip bulbs in December

We had enough bulbs to put a row all the way around the bed inside the pansies and then enough more to put a partial row inside this.  Here is a picture of the second row after we had closed up the first one.

Adding the second row of tulip bulbs

Adding the second row of tulip bulbs

And just so Doc can keep track of what is where, because I know he will read this, I took pictures of the labels as we planted the beds in a clockwise rotation. I know one of the pictures is fuzzy, but deal with it, I did.

Keeping track of what was planted

Keeping track of what was planted

tulip bag 2

tulip bag 3

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I do think it is going to be quite a show. The garden is taking shape. I love being able to work on a project like this one step at a time.

Finishing the tulip planting job

Finishing the tulip planting job

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it, either, but the entire garden project is presented as a picture on this wall.

A garden planted just right  can end up being an ever changing picture on a wall.

A garden planted just right can end up being an ever changing picture on a wall.

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As usual, I would just love for you click here to go to Amazon and purchase the ebook edition of my wonderful book, Requiem for a Redneck to go on your Kindle. I have also noticed that Amazon now has a free Kindle app for iphones and tablets. Is that cool or what?

If you want a consultation in your yard in N.W. Georgia, send me an email at wherdepony@bellsouth.net

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