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I grew up loving wildflowers, their little blooms, their foliage, their purpose in life. They seemed to grow and bloom with absolutely no care or attention. I discovered quite early that none of that was true for my mother's prized dahlias. They had to be staked and tied and needed daily care. I wasn't very fond of a plant whose bloom was too heavy for the stalk it grew on.
Aurora, Ontario (Zone 5b)
Maintenance of Perennial Beds.
May 22, 2014 1:01 PM CST
|Charming and informative article, Sharon (as always).
Have no experience with the large dahlias, but found the medium-sized and small ones very useful for colour in sunny spots.
These don't need staking, but they really require the deadheading for ongoing blooming.
Below: one of the gardens I've planted and maintain.
The area's too small for just perennials.
That lot required deadheading once a week (which involved a fair bit of stooping and stretching).
But apart from deadheading (there's also a sprinkler system there) find dahlias completely reliable and trouble free.
(Aug 29, 2012):
May 22, 2014 1:15 PM CST
|Very lovely, Charlie, as are all the gardens you tend. I think I could manage the smaller ones too. Back in the day when I knew of nothing but the very tall large sized dahlias, I realize I became disenchanted with all those stakes. Plus the fact is, I felt like I was letting Mom down if the dahlias were harmed in any way. In other words, a dahlia wasn't something I could very easily control and I do have that perfectionist factor to consider.
Maybe now after all these years, I might just turn right around and change my mind!
Thanks Charlie, especially for the picture.
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