Way back in the spring - not Southern spring, like March, but Northern spring, like May - I planted some Rip City Dahlias. It had been a long time since I planted Dahlias and I'd never planted them in such a cool climate. When you look up Rip City Dahlias it says "Skill Level - Experienced." I'm not sure if that means the Dahlia is supposed to be experienced or if I am.
Anyway, I planted it. I planted that dried up shriveled root thingie. And waited for it to come up. But it didn't come up.
For like. . . . . . . ever.
Maybe they came up sometime in July? Two months later - which is September, mind you - it was huge. Like 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall. But there were no blooms.
September 22 there was A bloom.
Then there were many blooms. They are what is described as Black Red.
Did you know that Black Red blossoms are difficult to take pictures of? Actually, it's no harder to take pictures of them. It's more difficult to get a good picture of a Black Red blossom.
It's difficult to show how really beautiful they are.
They are so beautiful I wanted them inside by me. Because you can't get a lot done if you just stand in the garden and look at your Rip City Dahlias.
Also, they were spreading into the lawn and Mr. Quirky was mowing over them.
And well, that was just pissing me off.
So I cut all the blooms. Did you know that you're only supposed to cut Dahlias when they are in full bloom?
That's the hidden tip in this post. Just wanted you to know.
Next I'm going to have to figure out that whole digging up the shriveled root thingie and packing it away in dirt for the winter. So I can plant it again in May and have beautiful blooms in September, 2014.
But don't hold your breath.
Make something wonderful today!
From Dream to Reality