2021 Garden Planning: New to Me Dahlia Varieties for the Garden

Over the last couple of growing seasons, I've really been focused on expanding my dahlia row. This means that I've been buying several new ones each growing season. This coming year, I'm eager to see some of the flowers that I've ordered. If you have any experience with the flowers on this list, please be…

Storing Dahlia Tubers for Winter

After finally getting all of the dahlia tubers out of the ground, I feel like I'm finally making progress in preparation for spring. Today, I wanted to talk a little bit more about storing the tubers for this winter, since this always seems to be the hardest part for me. Ideally, dahlia tubers should be…

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…

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…

Waiting Patiently for Dahlia Seeds…

One of the big projects that I'm really excited about this season is collecting dahlia seeds. Since dahlias are loaded with genetic material, you really never know what you're going to get when you grow plants out the next season. This is definitely something that I definitely want to do next season, so let's take…

Myrthe Dahlia: A Shining Addition to the Cut Flower Garden

Having Myrthe dahlia in my garden this year has been an absolute pleasure. I originally purchased this one because I was drawn in by its rich tones of orange and yellow. Though the flower really glows in the sunshine, the colors are much more muted and soft looking under shade.  Myrthe dahlia plants produce prolifically…

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…

Shiloh Noelle Dahlia: An Amazing Surprise in the Dahlia Patch

I have always been hesitant to purchase white dahlias. For whatever reason, the bugs always seem to flock to and destroy the beautiful blooms. Though I wasn't sure if I would like the look of Shiloh Noelle dahlia in my yard, I was pleasantly surprised. Describing the color of Shiloh Noelle dahlia is a little…