|My dahlias this year were selected by color. Oh….so nice!|
There are 3 reasons why I am growing Dahlias this year.
First, there is Martha Stewart, that one episode where she visits the Dahlia nursery Swan Island Dahlias, second, there is Martha's Vineyard, where every September I am amazed and inspired by front cottage gardens full of colorful dahlias. Third - I love Dahlia shows, especially when I was growing up ( there isn't a dahlia society near me now, which is shocking as I live near Boston.).
Dahlias arrive just when one wants lots of fresh flowers - at the end of summer, and because it is the end of summer, dahlias need to work harder - since there is lots of competition from the garden. Squash, corn, fall foliage and mums. They are extraordinary, especially if grown well. Lush, lots of fertilizer and water, and staked well.
Red, burgundy, violet and sage-- Sometimes it's surprising what one can find in the garden.
Next time you impulse-purchase a poly-bagged Dahlia at the home center, promise me that you will think about the color palette - and then buy a lot! The more plants, the better. It doesn't matter what color you choose, if you limit yourself to one or two colors, in various tints and forms, the results will be amazing.
Dahlias, when grown by color, let's say a spectrum of like-tones and tints, can provide you with lots of uses. This year, I kept my selection within two color palettes. One limited to purples, violets and pinks, and a second limited to orange and reds. I am so please with the results.