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.


  1. How are they doing so far? I have lost three beautiful plants to the wind this year, and I am so upset. The few that I put in cages seem to be doing well so far...

    1. Hello Jen, To answer your question the tomato cages are working out really well. Most of my dahlias are taller than the cages and are well supported. They have even held up in a few storms we have had recently. I will post a few photos soon. So sorry you lost some of yours to the wind. It happens to us all sooner or later. Thanks for stopping by the UDS blog and BTW your blog is fabulous. I am going to go back when I have more time.