I have been watching one of the new Dahlia plants; it had buds – never have I had a dahlia flower so early! Would they be open in time to cut for my Monday vase, the popular meme hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the garden? What would I put with them?
To be honest I was so intent on checking the Dahlias that I passed by many other options for my vase today; I think there will be other vases this week!
You may remember last year I complained about how the dark Dahlias sucked in all the light and almost disappeared in my arrangements. Dig with Doris recommended using acid green – and it works; it would be even more zingy with some orange, but there’s plenty of time for that combination.
I was disappointed last year with Euphorbia ‘Golden Foam’, it was so short I found it impossible to use which was frustrating as the acid colour is a great foil for many other colours. The plants are stronger this year and a little taller, not as tall as I would wish but maybe they will grow more.
Dahlia Arabian Night was purchased this year (I think I may well already have one) and decided to plant the tuber in soil and put it under the staging in the greenhouse. Despite the cold winter, shoots appeared quite quickly and the plant grew on well. I put it in the cold frame to harden off and as it was too tall when I wanted to close the top, I pinched out the tall growing stem, this has had a great result in that the plant is particularly bushy and already has many stems with buds. The Dahlias that remained in the ground over winter are all through and growing on well despite the minus 12°C temperatures for more than a week!
This vase makes me feel, summer is on the way, even though I’m still wearing a fleece for some of the day, when the sun is shining it is very warm. Thanks to Cathy our hostess, do try to visit to see what everyone has found this week.