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…

Sandia Brocade Dahlia: A Beautiful Anemone Type Dahlia

Sandia Brocade dahlia is different than any other dahlia that I grow, in that it is considered an anemone type flower. As you can see from the photos, the center of the bloom is full and ruffled. When shopping for tubers last year, I absolutely fell in love with the peach and purple tones of…

Ferncliff Illusion Dahlia: Another Flower Patch Surprise

If I've learned anything over my years of gardening, it's that you should expect the unexpected. Very often, gardeners receive flower bulbs that turn out to be something other than what they had anticipated. Such is the case of Ferncliff Illusion dahlia in this post. I had originally ordered Mom's Special dahlia. However, once the…

Lilac Time Dahlia: Unique, Vibrant Purple Dahlias

Much like blue, purple is one of those colors that can be difficult to find in flowers. While darker maroon or burgundy colors are common, a true purple can be hard to get - enter Lilac Time dahlia.  In purchasing Lilac Time dahlias, I was really expecting a soft lavender color. Imagine my surprise when…

Islander Dahlia: A True Bucket of Beauty

When I first purchased the Islander dahlia, I knew that there was great potential. By nature, I'm always drawn to huge dahlias. This, in combination with the color, made this selection ideal. After my first season, I was certainly not disappointed.  As you can see, the plants produced an amazing amount of flowers. Thanks to…

The Changing Beauty of BJ’s Dusty Rose Dahlia

I think one of the main reasons that dahlias really appeal to me is that each variety is so different. It's absolutely amazing how flowers will differ from one plant to another. It seems that I'm always drawn to order the flowers which are most unique. BJ's Dusty Rose dahlia is no exception to this,…

Another Walk Through the Dahlia Patch

The weather has finally started to cool, and the dahlias have officially started to bloom like crazy! I'll admit that I've really neglected the dahlias this season. Next time around, I'm really hoping to have access to more growing space - but who knows. Anyhow, let's take a look at some of the other dahlias…

Even More Time with Dahlias in the Garden –

The last several weeks in the garden have been dark and dreary. It's been so cloudy and there's been so much rain that I haven't even been able to pick flowers or weed. However, with a small break in the weather - I just knew that I need to go out, take some photos, and…

September Cut Flower Harvest from the Garden

This year, I intentionally added a lot of new-to-me flowers to the cutting garden. During my time making flower arrangements, I have quickly learned that variety is a major key to success. Let's take a closer look at some of the gorgeous flowers that I was able to pick from the garden.  Pictured above is…

Planting Dahlias in Mud – I Don’t Recommend It…

If you've been following me on any of my various social media this year, you already know that I've really doubled-down on dahlias this season. I've been saving tubers from various varieties for roughly five years, but usually find that I neglect and forget about them. This year, I really wanted to take my dahlia…