Groupings, Personal Space, Garden Art, and Color forum: A Little Corner of 'Down Under' #5

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Sep 19, 2015 5:20 PM CST
Name: Dianne
New England Area, NSW - Tenter

These are some Dahlias from the gardens .. even these have a story!

A friend arrived one day for lunch, a few yrs back, with 2 x 20kg bags full of dahlia bulbs! At first, I was struck with horror .. my only experience with dahlias was seeing them in other peoples & rellies gardens, either in mad messes of messy foliage or with gardens full of tomato stakes .. neither appealing to me! Sad

But, as we have half of our 1/2 acre as a 'paddock' for the dogs exercise & play area & we were planting different gums etc around it's perimeter for privacy, I decided to plant these tubers (not knowing a thing about growing them etc) in the back areas under the trees, which were (luckily) higher than than the fronts .. there were also the wire fences to support them, because I was NOT going to have a 'stick garden'!

That was some 6 yrs ago .. I have since grown to Lovey dubby them, learnt that they are not hard to grow .. they survive on their own here, I do not lift them nor do they get any water except for rain & I crush up their spent growth & re-use it for mulch around them every year.

I've also learned they self seed & make all sorts of new dahlias! There's more than one 'new one' grown from seed that is self supporting, multi-branching & one even has huge flowers & still self-supports itself! Another has smaller but profuse red flowers .. and they are great POLLINATOR flowers to attract bees at the same time for the cannas! * My seed production for my cannas has gone thru the roof since the dahlias were introduced!

Anyway, here's the link to the video .. enjoy!

''Lend Your Ears to the Sounds of Nature''
Sep 23, 2015 10:21 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I've never seen so many different colors of dahlias! Very beautiful, Dianne. Mom used to grow them but as I remember hers were all shades of pinks and purples, until now I've never seen any red dahlias. I like the yellows as well but I think the reds are stunning! And as always you did a great job with the video.

Thank you so much for posting this dahlia link, again so sorry I'm late seeing it.
Sep 24, 2015 8:46 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
Lovely video Dianne - thank you so much. Love all the colors!
NATIONAL GARDENING ASSOCIATION Purslane & Portulaca ~ Garden Art

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