Farming, Rainstorms and Dahlias

A lot of flower farmers talk about the weather to anyone willing to listen. Talk about rain to a sales clerk, they just listen politely, but bump into another farmer and you will talk over each other like two streams meeting and forming a mighty river. Each farmer’s words forming rapids that we have all…

Once Upon A … Dahlia

Why did you pick that name? Picking a domain name is the playful part of a business. Farming is the hard part. Working in the heat, rainstorms, wind, sleet, and snow—sometimes two or more combined together for a real punch—not always so fun. Boots are worn pretty much year ’round. Fingernails, we won’t go there,…

My First Dahlia

This post should be titled, “First Dahlia Fail.” Oh, don’t get me wrong. The dahlia grew and bloomed. It was what happened right after the first flowers were presented. We had moved to a quiet development with a big backyard. It was a sea of grass punctuated with two lilac bushes, and a mock orange….

Potash for Dahlias

When we were kids, planting the freshly-plowed-garden was a Spring ritual we all looked forward to. Gardening was instilled early in us kids. If I caught the gardening bug, it was then. Potato planting always involved buckets of ashes. My Dad would dig a hole, put in a small scoop of ashes,  add the cut-up…

Do Dahlias Love Hot Weather?

You bet they do. Whether dahlias like cooler overcast or cloudless skies and hot-cooker-days really comes down to one very important element…the “soil.” We farm here in Maryland and we are just starting our “dog days of Summer,” and the dahlias are unfazed by the heat. They are lush, stretching up their green mittens (flower…