Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Busy, Rainy Sunday

I woke-up to the sound of rain, and it kept it up, off and on again, for the whole day. I checked the rain gauge at 5:00 PM and it had 1/2" in it. I just have to keep reminding myself..I would much rather have a soggy March & April and then have it start to dry out in May, rather than the reverse of that like last year.

I spent a good part of today beginning the slow process of unpacking and unwrapping my dahlia tubers. This is the time of year when I need to decide how many of each variety I wish to keep for myself and then I donate the rest to my local Dahlia Society.

Since it has been so cold this month, I ended up pulling my boxes of tubers out of the cold garden storage room and putting them in the heated shop. When I checked on them a week later..Voila! The eyes on almost all of the tubers had "awakened" and begun to sprout. Now I can be sure that I am keeping and donating tubers that have at least one eye that, when the tuber is planted, will push up through the earth and turn into a dahlia plant. You can see from these two pictures that these "Hillcrest Kismet" tubers stored well over the Winter and are ready to go!

1 comment:

icebear said...

Cool, you'll have to teach us how you lift, prepare and store them this fall! They look so tidy all packed up, and clean coming out.