Since March, if you follow our garden chores, dahlias required some attention almost every week and every month, and now, finally, we reap the reward!  DSC_2005Of the 40 tubers that I planted in the raised beds this Spring, only about  half are now blooming.  The woodchuck(s), that attacked the dahlias by pulling down the thick stems and eating the leaves and tips of so many plants, were my natural “stoppers” and “disbudders”.  The plants were slowed from blooming each time the animal “pinched” back the growing tip.  After we caught the second woodchuck last week, the growth has been swift.  I hope the pair are happy in the new woods; we took them to a place where there is water and lots of acreage to forage, away from neighborhoods.

This is when I am thankful I was meticulous with my note keeping, drawing plans and marking each tuber.  So I know ‘Babylon Bronze’

Dahlia 'Babylon Bronze'

Dahlia ‘Babylon Bronze’

from ‘Kelvin Floodlight’.

Dahlia 'Kelvin Floodlight'

Dahlia ‘Kelvin Floodlight’

“Brookside Ball’

Dahlia 'Brookside Ball'

Dahlia ‘Brookside Ball’

might be easily identified, but what about the lavenders.   DSC_1999DSC_1987DSC_1989

Does ‘Choc’ DSC_2001resemble other dark-colored dahlias?  As I look down the list of those planted,

Dahlia 'Mary Eveline'

Dahlia ‘Mary Eveline’

and those replaced, it’s like having an oversized classroom of children starting school.  Learn their names quickly, observe their positive attributes and try to help their shortcomings.  When they are altogether, they make a lovely group.DSC_1897_2

Yes, it is all about the dahlias in September, but let’s not forget that the roses are trying one last time to please us!

Rosa 'Awakening'

Rosa ‘Awakening’

Just as the roses  give one last gasp!, the dahlias shout HELLO!DSC_1994


About Jayne in Georgia

Wife, mother, and owner of pets much loved. Gardener of three decades, amateur photographer, ardent about art, antiques and books.
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5 Responses to TA – DA HLIAS!

  1. Pauline says:

    So glad your dahlias are making up for lost time now that you have re-homed the woodchucks. You have a wonderful selection of dahlias, such pretty colours.


  2. nicole says:

    Your dahlias are amazing! The grouping that you have in that one shot literally knocked me over!!! Mine are starting to bloom though I just love your selections!!!! Such Beauty here!!!!!


  3. It is easy to get crazy for dahlias, isnt it?


  4. stacycurran says:

    Jayne, your lovely comments on my Mary Jane’s Makeup blog went to the spam folder, so I just saw them now. They were so kind, and I thank you so much for them! I am so, so sorry that you went through this with your father, too. It is so hard, and I feel for you.


  5. Sunil Patel says:

    Hi Jayne, the Kelvin Floodlight is a stunning one isn’t it? I do wish I had Dahlias, I keep seeing them in everyone else’s gardens except mine! I’m definitely suffering from jealousy, I think they will be making an appearance in the new garden in large numbers if this is the kind of show I can expect from them.


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