Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Dahlias in June?
I can't believe it either, but I have the pictures to prove it. My purple dahlia shot up during all the rain we had in May and early June and is now blooming! I'm not a master gardener, but even I know that there's something wrong with this picture.
Dahlias normally bloom in late August or early September. I always look forward to those big, fluffy blooms around my wedding anniversary in September every year. So when the plant shot up in May and bloomed this last week, I was shocked. Especially since my peony blooms are still struggling to open at all.
I've had several more experienced gardeners tell me to dead head the bloom immediately, so I'll still have a plant and blooms in the fall. So I did take quite a few inside today, but I'm having a hard time just cutting it all back.
If you're an experienced gardener, please let me know what you think is happening here and what I need to do.