It was a bit rainy at the garden party so I stood under the awning and talked dahlias with Natalie's dad. He said "I always lift my dahlias so I can dig my border, I like to know where I am. In the big gardens I think they leave them in, especially if it is sheltered, but I like to lift mine after the first frost. I dry them, wrap them in paper and put them in the shed. I've only got 8 but they come on lovely in the spring. I put them out in April and by July they are so big you have to string them up. It's hard to go away in the summer, I have to ask my brother-in-law to pop in so that he can check that the neighbour is watering them properly."