Hor­ti­cul­tural aide mem­oire No. 37: Dead­head dahlias

Country Life Every Week - - In The Garden -

The dahlia is a galumph­ing plant that makes fre­quent de­mands upon the gar­dener. For­tu­nately, they are all sim­ple. One reg­u­lar ac­tiv­ity, a pleas­ant way of whiling away half an hour in the early evening, is dead­head­ing. Cast your eyes over the plant and note those flow­ers that have faded. If you can’t de­cide, off it comes. Re­move the flower neatly with se­ca­teurs, if nec­es­sary fol­low­ing the shoot back to a junc­tion in or­der to neaten things up. Do this each day and your re­ward will be an in­def­i­nite sup­ply of fresh blooms. The dis­carded ma­te­rial goes on the com­post heap.

SCD

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