August 12, 2021

The Dahlias are Growing

The dahlias are growing excellently this season, and some are already beginning to show off those colorful, spiky flowers that bloom from midsummer right through the first frost.

This year, I designated a new location for our all-dahlia garden - it's behind my vegetable greenhouse in a bed previously used for growing grapes. The garden was planted in June. Yesterday, my gardeners, Ryan McCallister and Brian O'Kelly, staked the plants, so they're well-supported as the heavy flowers develop. Dahlia is a genus of bushy, tuberous, herbaceous perennial plants native to Mexico and Central America. Our dahlias are from Floret, a family farm and floral design studio in the State of Washington. We also have some from Swan Island Dahlias in Oregon, a family owned business and the largest and leading dahlia grower in the United States. And, a selection from The Flower Hat, based in Bozeman, Montana.

Here are some photos, enjoy.