• A Dahlia as High as an Elephant’s Eye

    18th August 2013In The GardenStephanie Donaldson

    photo of flower pink flower head of dahlia plant In the middle of May my new border was still a building site, so the minute the cement mixer was removed and I could dig up the hard core from what had previously been a paved area, I did everything I could to improve the bed – adding compost, topsoil from elsewhere and GroChar – before planting.  It seems to have worked, one of the dahlias is 6ft 3 inches, another has a flower that measures 10 inches across and even the cosmos (grown from seed) are a lofty 5ft.  I’m sure this year’s growing conditions have helped, but none of the dahlias in the other borders anywhere near as big. lush green leaves of dahlia