Saturday, May 19, 2012

Begining to Pot up the Dahlias


This morning I got up early and worked the first shift of a fundraising sale for the Dahlia Society. After I returned home I finally had the time to begin potting up my dahlia tubers. I like to pot up the tubers for two reasons. First, I never know when my garden will be totally dry and ready to plant. By potting up the tubers, I can control when they are planted, even if it isn't in their permanent home. Secondly, by starting each tuber in a pot, and then transplanting it into the garden, I can be assured of not having a "gap" in the garden where a tuber failed to come up. I have had so much on my plate the last two weeks, between work & dahlia society commitments, that my own gardening was getting neglected. But today I was rewarded with pleasant weather and cats and family members to keep me company. By the end of the day I had potted up 73 dahlias. A good first days work!


I have really been enjoying my "Blauschokker" Purple Pod Pea plants the last few weeks. The blooms are so pretty. They start a two-toned fuchsia and pink color and fade to a soft lavender purple.


After the petals drop off the deep purple, baby pods appear. As of today I have my first 5 pods set.



5 comments:

Beth said...

Pretty pretty peas! And nice work on the dahlias.

Robin said...

Your peas and flowers do look like mine. Let me know how they taste. The ones that I plant have a good flavor but are a little starchier then some other snap pea.

Athena at Minerva's Garden said...

What beautiful flowers on the peas! Yours are much father along than mine. I can't wait to see your dahlias in bloom--I repotted the few that I had saved from last year, but the tubers all got a mold on them and just died in the pots, so I will have to live vicariously through yours! The calla lilies that I saved over and repotted all did just fine, so not sure what happened with the dahlias.

Lavender Cottage said...

That is a lot of dahlias to pot up!
The changing colours of the pea flowers are pretty.

Jami @ An Oregon Cottage said...

Oh, those sweet peas are beautiful! Mine have yet to bloom...could have something to do with planting them late. :-)