The Little Plant That Could. Eventually. Click to see the beauty up close!
M Y G A R D E N — This Dahlia is 14 months or so old today—old for an annual!
For the past few years, Mary has given me several Dahlia corms for my birthday in late May. I've had fantastic luck with them and have grown to really appreciate their beauty and long-flowering season. By last November however, while the other five of my Dahlias were 5-6 feet tall, this little one was barely 18 inches high and hadn't thrown off one blossom. I didn't even remember what color it was supposed to be. The corms from this company in Oregon are stamped with their variety, but I didn't keep track. Anyway, I just didn't want it to get frosted and die without ever blooming, so I dug it up and planted it in a pot.
It struggled all winter, alternately growing too quickly and too tall, and then wilting and dropping leaves. I cut it back a few times, but frankly by the time spring came around, I didn't have much hope for it. I cut it back again in May, and have watered it every day. It's in full sun, and FINALLY threw out some buds a few weeks ago. Today the first one opened up and boy am I glad I saved it and put all the time I did into nurturing it! It has bits of lavender, dark purple, burgundy and yellow, and it's not even fully open yet. Welcome to the world!