I’ve been been pretty abstemious on garden spending this year after the excesses with Peter Nyssen bulbs and Black Friday’s seeds from Chiltern’s last autumn. However, offered a deal from Sarah Raven earlier in the spring, I splashed out on a number of Dahlias. Firstly Dahlia ‘Hillcrest Royal’ above. The plan for this one was to plant it at the back of the Swing Beds to provide some height. However, as the Diascia personata has taken hold this year, the colour of the pink was somehow too blue and I just couldn’t do it. Instead, I’ve planted one in a big pot on the decking and planted another pot with Lychnis coronaria, with exactly the same bright pink flowers, to sit next to it. But I’ve got a second one, um, waiting.
I’ve had Dahlia ‘Roxy’ for some years now and it’s come back well and I have now planted two pots’ worth by the the front steps.
The second purchase from Sarah Raven was her ‘Cinnamon Spice’ collection. They were bought to plant at the back of the beds in front of the greenhouse, but, in common with the ‘Hillcrest Royal’ it just didn’t work. Those beds are already pretty full, not least with more Agapanthus grown from seed, so, having grown the tubers on in the greenhouse, by the time they were ready to be planted out there was just no room to plant them in, leaving, two tubers each of ‘Tamburo’, ‘La Recoleta’, ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’, ‘Bacardi’ and ‘Burlesque’ without a home. Oops.
The D. ‘Burlesque’ I’ve planted in pots by the greenhouse door.
This dahlia is in the second pot and I’m slightly concerned it’s not the same. Slightly more pink, and see the lack of green/yellow centre? Or is that just me?
Only one of the D. ‘Zundert Mystery Fox’ actually grew, and this has been planted in a pot on the barrow.
I’ve planted the D. ‘Tamburo’ in a the large copper wash pot by the front steps.
And the D. ‘La Recoleta’ have been planted in the Mid Century bed alongside other ‘bruised’ colours and has already been used in a Monday vase.
I’m still waiting for D. ‘Bacardi’ to flower, so goodness know where they’re going to go, but there’s another dahlia also being shy to flower. This one is D. ‘Happy Single Date’ which I’m delighted to say had returned from last year’s debut in the Bronze Bed.
Remember how much I loved this last year?