Oh dear, the skies are grey here in Normandy. This is not a very summery summer. We have clouds in the sky, unpredictable rainstorms, and rather low temperatures.
Thank goodness I can turn to my garden, and that at least the rain is doing good here!
This bouquet of flowers was cut at the end of the day and popped into my favorite vase. Dahlias, hydrangeas, achillea, and calendula. Of course, the beauty of dahlias is that they thrive when cut regularly. The best way to get a lot of blooms is to keep picking – which is no problem for me!
I rarely visit a friend at this time of year without a bouquet of dahlias in my hand. They only last for a couple of days, but that doesn’t matter, we still get to enjoy the moment.
When you plant dahlias in the spring, the trick is to get a large variety of colours and sizes. Spiky cactus blooms, large soft dinner plate flowers, pompom balls, the list goes on. It is the subtle mix of colours and texture that win the day.
I feel like I am a dahlia evangelist! I’ve been sharing my love of these flowers for so many years, and I’d love to know how many of you are also growing these blooms, and whether you have any growing tips to share according to your climate? Here, for example, I know that they prefer rich earth and that it’s very important to stake them. How about you? Feel free to share your tips and tricks in the comments below!