Dahlia Fan Club, goes into the ground

I’ve planted my first Dahlias! I made a special new bed, just for bulbs and planted two dozen daffodil/earlicheer bulbs along the front of the bed, and dahlias through the centre. I didn’t bother photographing it at this stage, because it would be a photograph of some dirt with punga trunks around it….boring….but I will when things emerge.

Here is what greeted me when I went to the garden centre to look for dahlias. A dahlia bulb wall! So exciting.


Unfortunately, I had the kids with me and they said ‘Can we choose one?’

‘Sure’, I said, inwardly thinking ‘Noooooo! My colour scheme!’

I had planned a bright romp of pinks and oranges, but as it turned out – they chose OK. Not what I would have chosen, but okay…I’m not sure about M’s choice of BROWN (sigh)….but nor did I want to be a ‘Mommie Dearest’ kind of mother who says ‘Sure you can choose one, darling….NOOOO, NOT THAT ONE!!!!’


At $6 a pop, they cost a bit more than I had anticipated, so I am going to be on the look out for tuber-swaps next autumn.

So, anyway, as dahlias have names like roses, we have ‘Edinburgh’, ‘Sparkler’, ‘Nuit D’ete’, ‘Lucky Number’ and ‘Peaches’.

I chose the bottom row, Magnus chose the BROWN and Willoughby the orange. I am particularly excited to see ‘Edinburgh’ in bloom – I think it’s beautiful!


I hope hope hope they bloom big and busy and you can count on the fact there will be manifold photographs here if they do.




4 thoughts on “Dahlia Fan Club, goes into the ground

  1. They are so beautiful. I wish we had the sort of garden that would suit them (instead of a tangled heap of bush). I bought Sam a bike helmet the other day and we put all of them out on the floor so he could choose (including the pink ones even though the salesman was very against the idea of giving Sam that option). He picked one with flames down the side. There was this other really cool one that I wanted him to pick and had to stop myself buying it for him instead!


  2. H, I’ve just found you via Emma and a mutual love of dahlias. I love the look of Edinburgh too. We don’t have a garden suitable for them, too many natives and not enough cottage, and I don’t have time or energy to change it. I did drive past a large trailer today which was loaded with tubers for sale at $5 a shopping bag! I wonder what colour they are – they could always live in the vege garden…


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