Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Saving The Dahlias


We love our dinner-plate dahlias. They wowed us all last summer with their huge beauty. Two weeks ago the tubers started pushing up green leaves through the soggy winter soil, getting ready for spring. But something at night started eating EVERY SINGLE LEAF they put out. So, we did this every night and then freed them in the morning.
That worked so well, in just a few days they grew too tall for our glass jars.
So we did this.
Covered them at night with big plastic grow-pots, and rocks to keep the wind from blowing them over.
 And they responded quite well to the night protection by getting taller and taller.
In just a few days they looked like this. We plan to keep covering them until they are too tall for the pots. It will be very soon.

Summertime, here we come!

24 comments:

  1. Slugs or snails? That's who I'd blame in my garden.

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    1. John-- We couldn't figure out who the culprit was. We thought slug or snail, but none of our usual deterrents worked.

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  2. What a good idea! Do you think it was slugs or something like a rabbit? Love the pink of the dahlias. Many years ago I had red ones. Looking forward to seeing yours when they bloom!
    Take care.
    Robin

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    1. Robin-- We're hoping these dahlias will be as big and beautiful as they were last year. Not sure what was trying to nibble them out of existence, but we definitely stopped them!

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  3. You persisted! The dahlias will reward you accordingly for your great effort on their behalf.

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    1. Colette-- We're waiting for them to get tall and beautiful!

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  4. What a clever idea. I will file that one away if I am ever plagued like you.
    I saw my first dahlia two years ago. They are stunning flowers.

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    1. Patti-- We felt like we had to do something. It was such a bummer to go out in the morning and see them nibbled to the ground. So far, we've won!! Yay!

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  5. In my yard it would be rabbits. I can't have any pretty flowers. Rabbit salad. I love dahlias. Can't wait to see yours when they bloom.

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    1. Sharon-- We don't think it was rabbits here, but we're not sure what kind of critter it is. Hungry for sure!

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  6. Wow those are very large blooms! That is a pretty clever idea. Geez, I never paid that much attention to my kids! jk...

    Rabbits are the culprits where I live. They eat everything. That is, the ate everything until we find out two things.
    1. The don't like being on St. Augustine grass. We replaced our lawn with it, and they don't even go on it now (it's the pee that kills the grass while they eat, not how much they eat).
    2. They love Mexican Heather more than just about anything. So as long as had plenty of that around, all the plants we really liked were left alone.

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    1. Pat-- Interesting about the rabbits there. I like how you figured out how to keep growing what you want and also give them something to divert their attention from it. Well done!

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  7. Love dahlias! I am sorry that something at night started eating the leaf.
    In the garden of my country house, we have bad hungry ants that eat my flowers.

    Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!
    (((Hugs)))

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    1. Sonia-- There's always some critter eating something in our garden. Still, we get lots of flowers and veggies. Little battles everyday!

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  8. That is a great idea. I must try it. The deer here eat everything, they especially like tulips and flowers.

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    1. Nora-- I hope you do try it. I'd love to know how it works for you. For a large area that needs protection, I would try a building a little support and cover it with plastic every night until the plants are hearty enough to make it on their own.

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  9. Oh, nice. We planted some dahlias along with a number of other bulbs a few weeks ago. They seem to be at roughly the same stage as yours. I hope they look as good as yours.

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    1. Mark-- We're pretty happy these tubers made it through our unusually cold and very wet winter. Now we want to give them every chance to thrive. I hope yours do as well too!

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  10. I love the story of how your Dahlias found the help they needed from you and roger (-:

    Beautiful Dahlia portrait!

    Last May, a friend was handing out Dahlia bulbs. Maybe you remember that I took a single bulb to plant on my porch. In the fall, I dug the bulb up and brought it inside. Just checked with Google and realized I should have left it in the ground until the first freeze. Still, I hope it is better that I dug it up early rather than lose it to our many weeks of below freezing temperatures this last winter. Sure did enjoy the blooms in late August and through September!

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    1. am-- Glad you liked this story. I think it's probably okay that you dug your tubers up before the first frost. Have you replanted them yet?

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  11. As our dear friend Elizabeth Warren tells us, "PERSIST" and "PERSEVERE". I do so admire your devoted assistance to those lovely flowers. May the good luck continue.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- I love that you quote our dear friend Elizabeth Warren. Thank you for that. We truly are devoted to our garden here. Roger does a GREAT job!

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