susansflowers

garden ponderings


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Ontario, Canada

Visiting grandboys.
A walk around the neighborhood.
Day before Halloween.

Flowers above were growing in the drainage area next to the road
Orange flower was hard to photograph,
camera kept focusing on background.
It resembled a statice flower.
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Cosmos, Aster and Autumn Joy are on their last legs before snow.
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Beautiful dahlias!
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I saw a variety of hydrangeas.
They looked pretty even after the flowers die.
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Geraniums – saw them at multiple houses.
One lady told me she already took cuttings for next year’s flowers.
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Lychnis and pink Candytuft.
I’ve never seen Candytuft in pink.
An older woman told me she brought the seeds from Germany,
many years ago.  It freely reseeds now.
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It was a well-kept yard that we found the mushrooms.


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Some Things I’ve Learned About Dahlias

Watching my dahlias grow the last few years, has taught me a couple of things about that flower.  I imagine I’m just starting to scratch the surface of dahlia knowledge 🙂

In first year, one flower topped one stem on each plant.
During the second summer, two blossoms appeared.  This is now the third spin around the sun for these plants, and there are 4 buds per plant.  I’m trying not to get my hopes up too high that the number of flowers will double again next year, as it has annually, so far.

These two plants live in different flower beds, around the house.
On a southwest facing corner, which is shaded in the morning, the red one grows.
The pink flowered plant gets sun all day long.  All of my flowers are shaded in the late afternoon by evergreen trees at the edge of our forest.  As the trees have grown from seedlings in the past 35 years, my yard gets a bit more shady every summer.


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Dazzling Dahlias

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Four dahlia bulbs were planted a couple of years ago.  I see three coming up, but only this one is blooming.  One has buds, and is also in direct sunshine, but no flowers yet.  Why, oh, why?
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Dahlia poses in my version of a bud vase.
The turtle cut-out on top helps the single flower stem stay erect.
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This is what the flowers from the top photo look like a week later.
It is tough to age gracefully, but these are doing pretty good.


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Dahlia

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These plants come in all sizes and heights, and some people specialize in growing only dahlia flowers.

I picked up a few bulbs on sale a couple of years ago, and planted them in different locations in my garden.  In my climate, I’ve read that you should dig up your dahlia bulbs in the fall, and replant them in the spring.  No way I can stay on top of that!  I promptly forgot that detail of plant care when the time came to do the job.  Two of four bulbs survived winter, and are just blooming now. 

Now that I know they can survive a winter, I’ll have to nurture them along some more.  I would like to see more of these flowers next summer.