It's the beginning of August, and already our Dahlia patch of 800 plants 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. Generally we provide Dahlias by colour scheme - Whites and Lights / Peaches / Pinks / Brights and Darks. 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.
The first bouquets have been made of Cafe au lait for weddings this weekend and last. 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 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, plus Lady Liberty and a couple of others that have yet to be confirmed as keepers.
Other light coloured Dahlias include our favourite from the last 3 years, Evelyn with It's touch of purple at the centre.
And Crazy love, - now propagated up to a full row, from one packet of (French) supermarket tubers
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 first year of us growing Linda’s Baby - here’s hoping it comes true. (not good enough to take photos yet)
We've also currently got a full row of Wine Eyed Jill. Starting the season with pink tinges, although it will go more creamy/ peachy and yellow as the season progresses.
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. Complimented this year by a similar colour but different shape of Nicolas (Featured at the back of the 2nd photo, with Bahama Apricot bottom left and Foxy Lady on the right.
Becoming more and more popular are the dark colour varieties, we've grown 6 of them this year. Rip City a large headed beauty, Arabian Night (not pictured) 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 (Limited)
We finish off our selection with Karma Choc, The darkest Dahlia.
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.