Dahlias, Darlings.


We bought a load of dahlias early in the year. Of course now is their prime time, despite my lack of care and feeding this year. Some haven’t bloomed at all, but have foliage. Some just keep it up and have since August!

The most recent to bloom – one pic is mine, one is hubby’s. Same flower! 

This big one is going right now, too. It was turned to the side, away from the sun, so I had to hold it for himself to take a decent picture. 

Earlier blooms from the same plant – it is quite prolific!

Plain white – don’t remember buying this one but it is here nonetheless.


I could swear we got a purple and white one, but instead this came up. Oh well, it’s still pretty, and welcome.

Now. Will I remember to dig them out when it gets cold? Likely not!

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Immigrant American living in Ireland. Sarcastic, decrepit. Loads of interests: reading, plants, pets, food, art, writing, drinking, space, politics, feminism, quantum theory. Not 'girly' and not interested in being so.

22 responses »

  1. Grand colors, great photos. You do so well with your plants. I am thinking fo growing a few in the house so I can care for them. Any suggestions? Hugs

    • I don’t get much of a scent, but to be honest I never stuck my face in any of them. They don’t seem to attract pollinators, so might be kind of useless. I’ve seen some gardens on my daily work drive than have dahlias four foot tall and blooming like hydrangea! I have no idea how they do that. Hubby was the one who wanted these, he got excited early on in the year and bought waaaay too many plants.

  2. Like you I tried dahlias this year too – one never got out of the greenhouse but did bloom. The couple outside never bloomed at all! Should I dig them up then? Lovely selection of colours.

    • I have my best ones in afternoon/evening sun. Supposedly this is wrong! Ha! Maybe for Ireland it is right. You should wait until the frost takes them down, but don’t leave them too long after that before digging and storing them. I read you can store them in packing peanuts! Something I get for free at work, yay. Also says to gently wash them and let them air dry first. Now how to keep the mice out of the shed, as that is where I’d keep them…

  3. Awesome job.
    They do look very good!

    Never tried a Dahlia. I don’t have any sheltered spots in my garden so I was warned away from having them as they don’t like to be pushed around by the wind.

    • You can cage or stake them. I find the blooms disintegrate when it is windy, though. Mine are in pots, but I have seen some massive specimens in other people’s gardens this year, since I was looking for them. Four to five foot, easy!

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