Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Hello Beautiful, Goodbye Stakes!

 An update from my little dahlia garden:
Miss Delilah was my first bloom of the season on July 9th.  She usually wins the earliest bloom in my garden and is always such a delight to see her darling face. 

I'm not a big fan of tying dahlias to stakes so I am trying a new method this year.  I bought Heavy Duty Professional tomato cages from Burpee on-line and some heavy duty, 10 inch tent stakes from Amazon.   Once in the ground the cages are about 3 feet tall so I am hoping they will do the trick with no tying!   If they are not tall enough I can order extensions that attach to the top.   I am also hoping the tent stakes will keep the cages and plants in the ground when we have a wind storm.   This is another gardening experiment and I will let you know how they worked at the end of the season.  

 The Utah Dahlia Society demo garden is doing well. 
  We expect to see a Miss Delilah bloom by next Tuesday.  BTW, demo garden work days are set for Tuesday mornings at 9:00 am.  Come and help if you would like or just drop by to say hello.  We would love to see you.