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Dahlia delights at Gilberts

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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

AthalieIMG_8349

Piper’s PinkIMG_8393

CoccineaIMG_8369

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.

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