Container dahlia!!

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    I bought some new dahlia tubers this spring. They were late in arriving; I was late in getting them planted. BUT, one of them is blooming it's fool head off! !! IMG_20170813_083114.jpg IMG_20170813_083121.jpg

    Here are some of its neighboring plants. They all agree that the dahlia is a show-off.
     

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    LIcenter In Flower

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    What a beautiful flower! I had some about ten years back, and loved them. Now why have I not planted them again? (scratches head)
     
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    Cayuga Morning Hardy Maple Plants Contributor

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    My great great aunt grew "her dahlias". I know little else about her but that fact. And I have been the inheritor of her "dahlia chair". An old wood plank chair that she sat upon in order to tend her dahlias. (It is now in my grown daugther's apt....it occurs to me as I write this that I should tell her the history of that chair) Oh, and the other thing I know about her is that she helped to send my mother to college...during the depression when money was in short supply.
    So maybe I am channeling her in growing these dahlias!
     
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    Picture of the month already in my book CM. Great photo, lovely bloom :like:
     



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    Beautiful, gorgeous Dahlia!
     
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    Oh dear.....wtat a stunning group of piccies this time, Cayu!!
    You get full marks. Chapeau.
     
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    Beautiful big Dahlia,..its a winner,..i also like your selection of containers and the plants within.
     
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    @Philip Nulty
    Thanks! Did you notice one plant isn't in any container at all? I grew nicotania 'lime green' from seed this year. Some of the seeds escaped and sprouted in the brick terrace. How could I remove them, I ask you?
     
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    Hi Cayuga Morning,..i did raise an eyebrow seeing that plant where its located,..i presumed that perhaps you had a tile missing and grew the plant to conceal that fact,..seeing that's exactly what i did with a Hydrangea,..after i removed the cement slab .

    What can you do,..removing the plant could very well damage it beyond surviving as the root will be badly damaged in the effort of pulling it through a small gap,..on the other hand why not leave it be,..the plant will most likely survive with its roots below the tiles,..providing it gets water,..let me know what you do,..i have had Hearts Tongue Ferns grow in small crevices and could not remove them without damaging the roots,
     
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    Hi Philip,
    I have decided that our brick terrace is an excellent growing medium for seedlings. I have all kinds of perennials sprout babies between the bricks. The last few years, I have even had seedling rhododendrons growing there. I know what you mean about it being tricky to liberate them. For the rhodies, I pull up a brick or two in order to keep the roots relatively intact.

    That nicotania (it might be 'Lime Rickey') growing between the bricks of the terrace is an annual, so it does not matter. My question was actually more rhetorical...as in, how can one banish such a pretty little thing? I'll just let it live its life between the bricks.
     
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    Shawchert Seedling

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    so pretty, and so big!! I love Dahlia's they are some of the most gorgeous plants!!

    I recently got mine as well, and like you they started late and I planted in container, but I think they did ok, I had 2 full blooms and so many more on the way it's crazy. I'll have to see if I have anymore to take pictures. Mine are purple :)
     
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    Glad to hear it Shawchert. Will you store them in your basement over the winter?
     
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    Shawchert Seedling

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    I don't have a basement, not one that would be warm enough to keep but I will have it in my apartment, which does not get sunlight in the wintertime at all since i'm on the north facing side of my building.
     
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    That should work.
     
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    A magnificent dahlia! The petals look like there is no end to them.
     

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