Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Rip City Dahlias

(and a little Pic Monkey fun, too.)

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.  

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.





Stay tuned.

But don't hold your breath.

Please.

Make something wonderful today!

Karen

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11 comments:

Deneen@dreaming-n-color said...

Those are gorgeous! Thanks for the tip too! I love all your posts lately!

miss flibbertigibbet said...

Those are gorgeous! I have never panted zinnias but. I love that color! I think they grow from a rhizome......is that what the dried up root thing is? Anyway....they're gorgeous!

Linda @ it all started with paint said...

Beautiful! When I see something that says "experienced" I run far, far away!

:) Linda

slsmyth said...

I don't think we've ever tried to grow dahlias but I am grateful for the tips because looking at these ones makes me think -- "we need that"! Even if the flowers themselves are hard to photograph, you've done an excellent job of it -- I love the displays and the texturing.

Kirby Carespodi said...

It looks like blooood....blooood...*in a spooky voice, making my spooky face*

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I've planted zinnias but I've never seen these...quite a wow factor, huh? Too bad they won't be around for the holidays. No go bury your root thingy!

Tara Corley said...

I thought I would stop by your site as well! Love this! Question, how do you put your blog name on your pictures?

www.palmettochicks.org

Danni SiloHillFarm said...

Those are gorgeous! I have never heard of that kind of dahlia, but I'm probably ever going to plant anything that I have to dig back up every year...I'm too lazy.

Ivy and Elephants said...

Your blooms are just gorgeous. The color is uniquely rich and deep. Love the vignette that you displayed them in, too. Beautiful!
New follower,
Patti

Leslie Harris said...

I have the biggest crush on dahlias. Seriously. I think it's because they're so impossible to grow in my garden. It's part "I want what I can't have" and part they are just so darn gorgeous in person. Yours especially. I love that color and I know what you mean about capturing that shade of crimson red in a photo. I added a few in my centerpiece but they're pretty expensive from the flower shop. Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment.
xo
Leslie

fiona anderson said...

They're quite unreal, stunning, but like Danni I wouldn't have the patience to dig them up each year.
Loving the glass knobs too !

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