We’re Not In Panic Mode – Yet

As the day of an event draws near, it becomes time to reprioritize. You know what I mean – If the relatives are coming over for a visit, the plan to really clean the house eventually turns into ‘oh well, they’re family’. That’s what can make an impromptu visit so easy – no expectations and . . . → Read More: We’re Not In Panic Mode – Yet

Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – You Can Build A Flagstone Patio

I welcome you to ‘Zone 5 Favorites on the 5th’. I’ve started posting on the 5th of every month, redirecting visitors to a favorite posting relative to zone 5.

On this 5th day of the 5th month, I could gripe that our brick path isn’t done. But I’m not going to. Never mind that the . . . → Read More: Zone 5 – Favorites On The 5th – You Can Build A Flagstone Patio

Enjoying November Gardening Tasks

Days like today remind me that gardening, like so many ventures, is more about the ride than the results. Don’t get me wrong, I do love having a table full of dahlias to share, like these from a few weeks ago.

And I love having this view as just one part of the vista we . . . → Read More: Enjoying November Gardening Tasks

Dahlia Bloom Season Begins

The time of dahlia anticipation has ended. The time of dahlia appreciation begins.

Mike has about 100 dahlias in our garden. So many that they warrant their own Dahlia category on this site.

The dahlia blooms you see here are just a promise of what is to come over the next few months. . . . → Read More: Dahlia Bloom Season Begins

Dahlias Everywhere

We’ve run out of places to put plants, so Mike is considering the microwave and refrigerator.

Perhaps I’ve exaggerated a little. Just a little. Mike has potted up about 500 plants this spring. Some for us, and some for sales. There are about 350 dahlias, 60 calla lilies, 20 cannas, and some morning . . . → Read More: Dahlias Everywhere

How To Pot Up Dahlias To Get A Head Start

You can have dahlias blooming in your garden in August, even here in zone 5. Choose option #1 (do it yourself), or option #2 (don’t do it yourself).

Mike’s do-it-yourself option If you followed the instructions in You Want Me to Plant My Dahlias NOW?, you are prepared for the task. You’ve got your dahlia . . . → Read More: How To Pot Up Dahlias To Get A Head Start

You Want Me To Plant My Dahlias NOW???

You may want dahlias like these. Who wouldn’t? But if you read the first article on propagating, that might be too serious for you. After all, you can just go to the store, get a package of dahlia bulbs, and plop them in the ground in May. Or can you????

You can, if you are . . . → Read More: You Want Me To Plant My Dahlias NOW???

C is for Calla Lily, D is for Dahlia, and E is for Elephant Ears

Today is being brought to you by the letters C, D, and E. Just like Sesame Street is a perennial favorite for kids (I couldn’t help myself, pun intended), propagating is a perennial favorite for men – at least for mine.

D is for dahlias Mike is in the basement as we speak, happily nurturing . . . → Read More: C is for Calla Lily, D is for Dahlia, and E is for Elephant Ears

Dahlia Time – There be sprouts!

Its been several weeks since Mike started his dahlia tubers, and all is well in our basement. Sprouts, sprouts, and more sprouts. This is our second tray full. They’re in oasis under plain old fluorescent lights. Pretty cool, huh?

Here’s a sprout that will soon join its friends. Mike planted the tuber in potting . . . → Read More: Dahlia Time – There be sprouts!

Dahlia Time – Wake up Sleepyheads

Hello from a dahlia grower and propagator!

If you live in the Chicagoland area, it may be time to start growing the new lineup for your 2011 dahlia garden. This time of the year is reserved for those of us who propagate dahlias, sometimes turning 1 tuber into 10 or 15 plants. If you don’t . . . → Read More: Dahlia Time – Wake up Sleepyheads