Friday, October 22, 2010
I also want to dig up and store dahlia and canna bulbs. The dahlias I grew from seed this year, and they are HUGE. I've never had dahlias grow like that for me, but then I've never grown my own before. These are all seedlings from a mix called 'Bishop's Children,' from the famous cultivar 'Bishop of Llandalf.' I was hoping for hot colored flowers, but only one is yellow-orange in tone with green leaves. The others are dark crimson with light bronze foliage, and dark magenta-fuchsia with dark bronze foliage. They're nice and vigorous, though, so I'll save them in damp peat over the winter in the basement. The hot colored one can go back out front next year. I'll probably be able to get several new plants from each clump. The others will go out back, where they won't cause a screaming color argument with the nasturtiums and zinnias again. The cannas were a total disappointment - they never got above 1 1/2 feet tall and didn't bloom (they're supposed to be the variety 'Wyoming,' 5-6 feet or so, with bronze leaves and orange flowers). I'll overwinter some tubers and give them a try in another location. If they don't perform next year, they're compost.