Dividing Dahlia Tubers in Fall After Digging

One of the main garden tasks that I wanted to complete this fall was to begin dividing the dahlia tubers. After the stems of the dahlia plants had turned black because of freeze, I allowed them to stay in the ground another week. At this time, there should have been more than enough time for…

Digging Dahlia Tubers in the Cut Flower Garden

Here in my zone 6 garden, I dig and store my dahlia tubers every year. While I may be able to technically leave the tubers in the garden with some protection, my tiny growing space requires that I use the space for planting other blooms. Anyway, I just wanted to quickly show just how many…

‘Paint Box’ Chrysanthemums: The Perfect Fall Color Cut Flower

This year, I grew several varieties of reflex type chrysanthemums. With proper deadheading, growers can produce flowers which are truly magnificent. Since I grow for use as cut flowers, it is actually quite seldom that I do much more than pinch at the beginning of the growing season. Fortunately, many of these flowers respond well…

Seaton’s J’Adore Chrysanthemum: A Classic Beauty

When I first saw the Seaton's J'Adore chrysanthemum on the King's Mums website, I knew that it would be a perfect match. For whatever reason, I just can't get enough of those soft pink colors in the garden - even in the fall. Even though I know I should be focused on darker colors, I…

Joyce Fountain Chrysanthemum: Are You Sure???

In growing my own chrysanthemums, I knew that there would be a lot to learn. For example, people who grow mums for exhibition are absolutely amazing at nurturing the most incredible flowers. Even though I purchased several large reflex type chrysanthemums, they definitely wouldn't reach their full potential without proper pinching  and  disbudding. Knowing my…

‘Fantasy’ Chrysanthemum: A True Fall Surprise

As we continue to take a closer look at many of the different varieties of chrysanthemum that I was able to grow this year, I was really eager to show this one! This is called 'Fantasy' chrysanthemum. Like all the other mums from this season, I ordered it last spring from the King's Mums website.…

Kelvin Tattoo Chrysanthemums in the Cut Flower Garden

I've attempted to grow chrysanthemums for the last few growing seasons. It always seemed like I was doing something wrong. This year, I really wanted to focus on growing a really unique collection of florist mums. Among the first varieties of chrysanthemums to start blooming were the Kelvin Tattoo chrysanthemum. Kelvin Tattoo mums are definitely…

FREE* DAHLIA SEEDS 2020

This year, we collected tons of dahlia seeds for the first time ever! Hooray! Growing dahlias from seed is exciting in that you can never predict what the flowers will look like. While most will produce single flowers, there's still possibility for some really lovely double and multi-color blooms. It is for this reason that…

Collecting Dahlia Seeds from the Garden

Growing dahlias has been one of my favorite things about the garden this year. While all of the dahlias that I grew this year were from tubers, I really want to try growing my own from seed. Since dahlias are octoploid, they're loaded with genetic material. Therefore, you never quite know what you might get…

The First Freeze of the Season

We recently had our first freeze of the season. In typical Kentucky weather fashion, we just went ahead and skipped the "first frost" and went right to the frigid part that totally kills everything. Of course, I couldn't resist going out into the cold and taking a few pictures.  Even though I absolutely despise cold…