It's the end of July, and already our expanded Dahlia patch is producing plenty of stems. We've increased the numbers of our favourite varieties, so that we can provide enough for larger florists orders, and for our summer weddings. We're just trying a couple of new varieties this year as we're pretty happy with our range, and i'll keep you updated later in the season as to how they do and whether they stay on the list for next year. For now, here's the names and pictures of what you'll be able to order from us this season. For my local customers, bunches of Dahlias will be available from the Crossroads village store each week, and they feature in all of the Flower arrangers buckets at this time of year.
The first bucket of these beauties has gone off to a wedding this weekend. Cafe au lait is still (for this year at least) the Brides Favourite. It's beautiful, big, and each one has slightly different colouring between hints of pink, cream and caramel. This is not an easy Dahlia to get hold of this year or to grow, and the price reflects that.
Still at the lighter end of the colour scale, our white Dahlia selection consists of Tu Tu, Karma Serena, and Waterlily white. We're trialing some others, but the results aren't in yet.
Other light coloured Dahlias include our favourite from the last 3 years, Evelyn with It's touch of purple at the centre.
We've also got more this year of Crazy love, which i've plenty of pictures of as it's Emma Davies favourite.
Although most people aren't keen on yellow dahlias in floristry, we've found one that most people like, - meet Canary Fubuki.
Moving on to our Peach Dahlias, we've got the prolific Preference.
Plus the beautiful, but not prolific Carolina Wagermanns (we lost some of the tubers overwinter, so have less than last year of this one)
And we started off a couple of years ago with just 5, but they've been so popular, we're now up to a full row of Wine Eyed Jill
On to the pinks, and i have to admit that we're yet to find a good pale pink to add to our collection, But if you want bright pink then we've got 2 stunners for you. Gerrie Hoek, is probably best described as fuschia, and it's shown off in this wedding bouquet, and Karma Lagoon is a Magenta.
The next set of colours are those more commonly associated with Dahlias, - The jewel bright colours are fantastic for brightening up displays, and are some of our strongest growing plants, so often have the longest stems.
Our favourite reds are Prom (A small ball) and an unknown named variety (that i just call red) that came from a clients garden many years ago.
Our longest lasting in a vase (regularly lasting a week) is our stunning orange variety Jowey Linda.
and becoming more and more popular are the dark colour varieties, we've grown 6 of them this year. Rip City a large headed beauty, Nuit D'ete (Not pictured, but like a dark Tutu) and Dark Spirit a small pom pom
We've also got the wine coloured Karma Naomi and the Cafe Au lait equivalent in a dark colour - Blackjack
We finish off our selection with Karma Choc, So dark, it's impossible to get a good photo of it growing!
The beginning of August is early for us to have a full range of Dahlias ready, but the weather conditions have been great for them, so please get ordering.