Dahlia Flowers in Gardens - A Photo Gallery
The Beautiful Dahlia Flower
Dahlias are beautiful flowers. I have really enjoyed getting to know dahlias a bit better over the last couple of years. These photos are one's that I have taken this last year. They are not mine, but I am a true admirer all the same.
There are over 36 different species of dahlias today and over 20,000 cultivars. Long ago, Lady Holland was given credit for bringing the very first dahlias to England. Evidently, she had first observed them in Spain and fell in love them to the point that she had to bring some home with her to England. I always enjoy learning a bit of the history and origins of flowers. Going even further back, they are native to Mexico, Central America and Columbia.
Bedding and Border Dahlias
You can raise bedding dahlias from seed, and they are usually available in mixed colors. Bedding dahlias are cousins of the "border" dahlias which are grown from tubers. There is a wide range available to use in your garden. They have dwarf types that grow only about twelve inches tall. This is nice because it may mean you don't need to do as much staking or supporting as with other dahlias.
As mentioned before, the colors can be varied, and there is a very nice one called redskin which has bronze colored leaves. It is very nice in the garden.
You can use bedding dahlias for flower beds of course, but also in containers, window boxes and other displays. They have different kinds of blooms to choose from as well. Look for single, double and collarette varieties. Look for them in seeds or in young plants for sale. They are sure to be a great addition to your flower garden.
Best Conditions for Bedding Dahlias
These Dahlias need full sun as much of the day as possible. If it is all day, then all the better for them. They like to have large amounts of decayed compost or manure. This is best a couple of weeks before planting. As for the moisture in the soil, you want it to be well draining, but moisture retentive.
If planting in a container, use a slow release fertilizer granules for best results. Using a multipurpose compost is a good choice. Doing this will help to keep your dahlias happy through the Summer months.
Starting Seeds Indoors
In February or March, you can start seeds in little pots. When seedlings are large enough to handle, transfer into 3 and a half inch pots and keep them in about 61 degree surroundings with plenty of sunlight. You are wanting to get them completely ready to transplant out in your garden in May or June.
Feeding your Dahlias
Use a liquid feed for the flowers once a week water regularly throughout the season.
What will Feed on you Dahlias?
Slugs and earwigs have been known to take a liking to the leaves of these flowers. So keep an eye out for them. Some have suggested using slug pellets for the slugs.
The best display for your dahlias will likely be mid Summer onward. They can last until the first frosts in Fall. Their color is so rich and beautiful, they seem like such a wonderful addition to any garden.
You can cut these flowers and use them in indoor bouquets which are very lovely.
You will be able to tell when to remove the plants from their area when the leaves turn black and collapse. Many will have fleshy tubers. Of your favorites, you can store them dry and frost free over the Winter for the next year.
** My goal this Year will be to grow some as lovely as the ones you see in these photos.