ADS, American Dahlia Society—A Little History Gathered

ADS, not to be confused with Attention Deficit Syndrome or Advanced Draining Systems. No. This is the wonderful, wild, world of dahlias where members get together to share information, dahlias and have shows to find the “best of the best.” There is history of show winners and the dahlia flowers who placed put together by…

Dahlia Plant Pet Names

The Little Dahlia That Could. I nicknamed a stem shoot that I clumsily lobbed off of a dahlia tuber. I thought I had a careful grip. It’s normal to give your plants pet names: Isn’t it? “Itsy Bitsy, Tiny Punch” and “Little Foot” are others. I never toss the bud-stem-shoot growth away even if it…

Books: Naomi Slade and Georgianna Lane Dahlias

It was on Instagram that I first found Georgianna’s Paris photography. It had such a romantic feel and when I looked into every photograph, I longed to step into each light-filled scene and spend a week or two there. Her style is “branded” and I could pick her photographs out of my feed lineup without…

Proof Dahlias Thrive in Heat

Hot weather. Hot topic. Dahlias can be grown in hot weather. If I read, “Dahlias do not like hot weather” again on a gardening site, I might shout. Just consider this a muffled shout. Normally numbers don’t interest me but we need some baseline numbers here to determine exactly what is considered “hot weather,” when…

Five Reasons to Grow Dahlias in Your Garden

My romance with the dahlia family has flourished for years. It began with the massive, bold-colored dahlias in the city. Since they could not cross the city street to me, I made the first move and crossed over to them. Then I made a commitment, to spread “dahlia love.” Let’s get right down to why…

How to Photograph Dahlias on 8+ IPhone Macro Lens

Find out how to make your friends envy your photography skills with your handy, ever present IPhone. In this sweltering, Summer heat no one wants camera straps pulling on their shoulders when working on a hot day weeding, staking and cutting flowers in the dahlia field. It’s a work day, different from a wedding party….

Sowing a Love for Gardening

Everyone loves the harvest. A gardener loves the whole process, from sowing seeds to the generous bounty that follows, to collecting seeds again. My parents were gardeners, though that was not their occupation, they were solid gardeners just the same. My grandparents were gardeners and I’m certain my great grandparents loved gardening too. There is…

Jowey Winnie Dahlia Breeder

Ball dahlias are well balanced and symmetrical like a kaleidoscope in three dimensions. Jowey Winnie Dahlia fits the description to the letter T. Who bred this ever so popular dahlia, I have often wondered and finally set out to find out who stood behind this dahlia. It was Jozef Weyts in Europe and he is…

What is a Flower Farmer?

Flower Farmer is a modern term for floriculture, for us smaller growers. It’s a lifestyle. It involves growing flowers, shrubs and plants (also called Specialty Cuts) for weddings, CSA customers, florists and possibly, farmers markets. It is also a lifestyle that involves a lot of physical labor. One learns about anterior and posterior muscles of…

Beneficial Praying Mantis For Your Dahlias

Organic Gardening. At one time that was how everyone gardened. Spraying poisons about is not something I want to do so I look to nature for solutions. The Praying Mantis family help eat the beetle population and leaf hoppers here on the dahlia farm. Their diet includes a variety of insects and caterpillars. Mostly the…