When I tell you this place takes your breath away, I’m not exaggerating. Spread among two planting areas are more dahlias than you could believe possible. And to think, I have trouble getting any to grow in my overly shaded garden.
This is Phil, who with his wife, is responsible for this incredible place which has more than 4,000 plants representing 208 species of dahlia. Who knew there were that many different ones? Asked how he got into growing these beauties, he said it started 17 years ago with his daughter’s wedding. She wanted dahlias, and he thought why not grow them for her.
How do you tell one variety from another? Look closely and you’ll see that every plant is identified. I’m beginning to think this dahlia farm is a lot of work. That is not a wrong assumption. After the first frost, all the tubers, keep in mind 4,000 plus plants, are dug up and stored until spring planting season when the whole process begins again. During the winter, the tubers are separated and started in a dirt filled styrofoam cup to give the plant a healthy start.
If you are in an area suitable for growing dahlias, you can order tubers from Endless Summer Flower Farm online or, if you are like me and don’t do so well growing your own, you can just stop by the cart and pick your own bouquet. Hopefully, there will be some left!
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