My friend Deb for years now has grown the most beautiful dahlias. Raised beds upon raised beds dance with dahlias, zinnias and among other blooms in her cutting garden. This spring, I was inspired to try dahlias in my garden. It was Longfield Gardens once again that gave me a boost. They generously sent me some dahlia tubers to put into the ground.
I planted the tubers after Memorial Day. The danger of frost had passed. In they went, all 20 something of them and then I watered and waited. It took a few weeks for those buds to emerge from the ground. Then over the following weeks I’ve watched healthy tall plants grow. As they grew, I staked them eagerly awaiting blooms. If dahlias are not staked then the stalks can become damaged from the weight of the blooms. Some blooms are so large they are the size of dinner plates!