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.


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.

Judith @ 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. :-)