I thought they'd be happy because we were so much warmer this summer but they actually seemed to do better in the cooler, wetter weather last year?? Is that crazy or right?? Maybe it's the moisture they love? I would buy that because as much as I've tried to hand water this hot summer, I can't seem to give them enough. They always seem parched?
Poor 'Apple Blossom,' my favorite of all the dahlias, just shriveled up and died. I have to show you a picture from last year just so we don't forget:
I am hopelessly in love with those soft yellow and pink hues. You can bet money that at least one tuber will be on my order form again next spring....
A double collarette Dahlia (which made a surprise return from last season) 'Rosita,' hasn't performed much better although she is, at least, alive. I think this is only my third blossom of the summer??
The grasshoppers haven't helped her ~ they have found all the dahlias to be very delectable treats ~ notice the chewed petals.
Miniature Dahlia, 'Bonne Esperance' got dropped on her "head" sometime in June and never recovered from the blow. While the foliage breaks made her fuller, it didn't seem to help with the production of flowers/buds. Pictured below is my one and only bloom this season:
Not a dahlia but I have to mention it here, for fear of forgetting later, finicky Clematis 'Josephine' has sent up new buds/blooms since I quit fertilizing her. Here's the first one to open:
Kinda looks like she could be a dahlia, doesn't it? I'm so relieved I didn't kill her. She was turning brown and looking almost dead before I caught on that I shouldn't be adding any fertilizer. Now we know she isn't tho and how happy do you think that makes me?!
Also, I should have included a photo yesterday (but I wasn't thinking straight) of my Mexican Flame Vine that is growing quite excellently (at least something is, right?!):
It is not so artisticly mixed with yellow calibrachoa and tomato red petunias in the iron urn by the side gate. I can't remember why I thought red, orange and yellow were a great combination???
They are all blooming their heads off, so I guess it doesn't matter how good they look together, only that they're happy??
I think I might be more in the mood to blog?? Hoping....
Maybe forcing a post yesterday was the right thing to do? Thanks for your encouragement.