Dahlias

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES -

Dahlia Dreamy is an­other veg­e­ta­tively prop­a­gated se­ries. McLeod will make it avail­able in larger in­di­vid­ual pots and will carry Pas­sion which has in­tense scar­let blooms, Fan­tasy which is rose-coral with a hint of gold, and Eyes in a soft or­ange. The Dreamy se­ries grows to about 40 cm and is suit­able for the bor­der or in pa­tio pots. McLeod will also carry the Fi­garo se­ries, a dwarf dou­ble dahlia grown from seed. Mounded and up­right, ma­ture height reaches 36 to 46 cm. What if you de­sire the di­verse shapes and drama of tall din­ner-plate dahlias grown from tu­bers? Fry­fo­gel starts these in his green­house as well, and this year will of­fer Fern­cliff Il­lu­sion, a tow­er­ing white, ex­tra-large dahlia with laven­der tips and Kelvin Flood­light dahlia in a but­tery yel­low. Both will grow to an ap­prox­i­mate height of 130 cm and pro­duce ex­pan­sive blooms be­tween 23 to 28 cm. Gar­den­ers who have hes­i­tated to store tu­bers for the win­ter, may want to try their hand at lift­ing these in the fall, says Fry­fo­gel, for an even more im­pres­sive show the fol­low­ing year. How dif­fi­cult can it be? Not at all if you are Charles Be­g­ley, a St. Vi­tal gar­dener. Be­g­ley has grown din­ner­plate dahlias for the past 20 years, be­gin­ning from the time when he lived in Eng­land. Be­g­ley’s twin brother, who still lives in Eng­land, also grows dahlias. Be­g­ley has three meth­ods of grow­ing dahlias. Some he digs up in the

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