Thursday, 2 July 2015

2 July : Dahlia


Introducing the Bishop of Auckland. He's deep, deep red. Which is exactly what I had hoped for. Except that he is next to a Hebe which has been inspired by the heat or the solicitous attentions of myself to burst into flower too early. Purple flower. Red and Purple are not colours I would put together. I'm telling myself that it is very Great Dixter. Deep breath.

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  1. I do like the Bishops - I used to have the Bishop of Llandaff for years then it rotted away. My first dahlia to open is bright orange with lovely bronze leaves I like it but so do the slugs.

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    1. Now I am overpowered with a desire for an orange dahlia.

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  2. I wish that all my slugs would let me grow Dahlias but they won't...

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    1. The Evil Kingdom of Slugs has been worryingly quiet this summer. I am expecting a major offensive any day.

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  3. Red and purple together is very ecclesiastical, it is surely better than orange and purple...

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    1. I could call it my Cardinal border.

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  4. I've never got off the ground with Dahlias. My father grew them very successfully. I thought the buds looked greasy and took against them then.

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    1. I am extremely worried that the Bishop dahlias are entry level and that I might be lured into becoming a mad dahlia lady.

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  5. We've not had much luck with dahlias. I do like them very much but so do the slugs and snails. This one is very pretty and red and purple can look good together.

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    1. Slugs??!! I thought I was supposed to be worried about earwigs. It shows how little I know.

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    2. Fraid so - but I think it may be when they're young. We've not managed to get any beyond adolescence without being munched to bits. Perhaps when they're fully grown they're more robust.

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  6. Sorry, Alice, I am reading backwards and not forwards, so my comments.... I blame Sarah Raven for my dahlia habit.

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    1. Hmmm...if Sarah Raven is to blame then it might be respectable. Pass the catalogue while I find my credit card...

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