Dahlias

Last Vestiges

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  I returned from China to a garden clinging valiantly on to the glories of summer. It was a heart-warming homecoming, but the gift […]

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An Extraordinary Autumn

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There comes a moment every autumn when I leave home and return again under the cover of darkness. Since I have been living full […]

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Farewell to the summer of 2018

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  As the sun sets on August, what will be my abiding memories of summer 2018? It goes without saying that the heat and […]

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TALES FROM THE GIN & TONIC GARDEN, Part II

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It’s almost 15 months since the Gin & Tonic Garden first came into being. My compact, 20ft x 20ft courtyard is still occasionally referred […]

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Plant Profile: Dahlia ‘Nicholas’

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  I should have predicted it. I take a holiday, I unwind (sort of), and up creeps the dreaded tonsillitis. It happens every time, […]

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Launching ‘Project Dahlia’

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Having completed twenty five years service at John Lewis, ‘Partners’, as we are all known, are rewarded with six months paid leave. I will […]

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Dahlia Week: Tips from the Top

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Last Saturday we were lucky enough to hear from two of the dahlia world’s greatest enthusiasts as part of a Dahlia Festival at The Salutation […]

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Dahlia Week: Classy Collerettes

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Dahlias come in all shapes and sizes. This is why, like other extensively hybridised flowers, dahlias are classified by flower type. There are waterlilies, […]

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Dahlia Week: Big and Beautiful

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When I was a boy, most dahlias looked a little like D. ‘Lady Darlene’. They were bold and brazen, not afraid to be bi-coloured […]

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Dahlia Week: Dahlia ‘Waltzing Mathilda’

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It’s rare that I regret not buying a plant. This is because I scarcely ever resist temptation in the first place. ‘Buy it now, […]

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Dahlia Week: Dahlia ‘Happy Halloween’

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This week The Frustrated Gardener is devoting itself to that dazzling diva of the autumn garden, the dahlia. Since Christopher Lloyd re-ignited our fascination […]

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