Dahlia delights at Gilberts


My lovely chat with one of the Hillier’s staff trying to identify a rogue dahlia mentioned in my Sir Harold Hillier Garden revisited post, led to us leaving Hilliers to visit Gilberts Nursery, just the other side of Romsey.  Gilberts have a ‘dahlia field’ open from August to October, where they grow 400 dahlias which they supply as tubers and cuttings.  It was an amazing sight and a fabulous opportunity to see so many dahlias in one place.

Whilst catalogues and websites do a great job of showing the actual blooms, seeing them growing as plants – how tall, how bushy and how many blooms – was a completely different experience.  It not only made me want to buy dozens of dahlias, but rather tempted me to open a dahlia field on the Isle of Wight!IMG_8347

Here are a random selection of the ones that appealed to me

Barry WilliamsIMG_8355

GI JoeIMG_8376

Hapet VinetteIMG_8395

Crazy LegsIMG_8363


Piper’s PinkIMG_8393


Danjo docIMG_8367

Little SallyIMG_8391

Mels Orange MarmaladeIMG_8387

Dark SpiritIMG_8365

Karma NaomiIMG_8379

Karma ChocolateIMG_8381

Black NarcissusIMG_8360

So, whilst I didn’t identify the mystery dahlia (on the right), I did discover the similarly shaped Coccinea (left) as well many others to tempt me.

Thanks Gilberts, it was an education.



10 thoughts on “Dahlia delights at Gilberts

  1. Chloris

    How !ovely to see them growing in the field !ike that. I love the dark red ones. I have Coccinea but it is orange. Does it come in different colours?

    1. jenhumm116 Post author

      Interesting you say that as when I Googled it it came up as orange. I think if I want it, I’m going to have to get it from Gilberts and hope it comes out pink!


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