|Dace hard at work potting up bulbs|
On Saturday we had Joe and Dace. While Joe went down the garden to help Seamus move and rebuild raised beds myself and Dace got stuck into the Dahlias, Cannas and Callas that will bring great colour in late summer to all of the beds.
After the two bad winters I was completely wiped out of tropical bulbs. Gardeners who had Dahlias for years literally lost them overnight as severe temperatures first froze, then burst, tubers and rhizomes. So last year I bought an army to replace those that I had lost.
|giant yellow dahlia|
|group the same dahlias together to give a really good show|
The big freeze never materialised but the bulbs came back from their holidays last week ready to be potted up, many already sprouting and looking promising. You can actually take cuttings from these sprouts, and multiply your dahlia plants very cheaply. I was watching Monty do this the other night on BBC Gardeners World, I couldn't find a video but the instructions are all here at this link Dahlia Cuttings
|Canna in the garden at Golden, Co. Tipperary|
This potting up in March gave them a great Jump start as most dahlias or other tropicals are only planted out as tubers/rhizomes after the last frosts, so flowering is delayed until late August.
Here are some Dahlias reccomended to give a go to! If you can pot them up now, mind them from frost(even better if you have a tunnel or glasshouse that you can keep them in -as thats the ideal place for them) and plant them out in late May /early June for extra colour in the garden this summer.
|Arabian night, the true colour is much blacker|
|dahlia twynings after eight|
|Dahlia David Howard|
|Bishop of Llandaff|