As soon as our Dahlias bloom flowers will be available at Gilmanton’s Own Market.
See them at the South Barn Farm Market, 741 Province Rd., Gilmanton.
Open Thursdays & Fridays 3-5:30, Saturdays 10-3, Sundays 11-3
We love dahlias. A total love affair. You will love them too. Easy to grow if you give them sun, water, and something to hold up these tall flowers laden with blooms.
Once dahlias get started — which they are when you buy them from us — they are pretty tolerant and easy to grow. Well-drained soil in the sun. They grow 3-5′ so stake them. Japanese beetles sometimes like hiding in some blooms, but they only like some plants. Other than that, these will fill your garden with color and beauty from late July or early August until the frost takes them down. When nothing else is giving you color, there are the dahlias, being extravagant and eye-catching. Of course, the actual size of the plants and blooms depends on local conditions.
What worries some people about dahlias is the idea of lifting them and keeping them over the winter. You can do that if you wish — we’re happy to advise you on how. But you really don’t have to. These flowers will give you such lush color for so long, you don’t need to lift and keep them to make it worthwhile.
THE BIG BLOOMS: Usually 6 inches and more
Cafe au Lait: 8″ light pastel orange peach flower on a 4′ plant.
Cameo Peach: Beautiful 7″ blooms of peach, pink, a little yellow on a 4′ plant.
Center Court: Stunning white 7” blooms. The petals fold back to make an elegant profile, cupping the stem. 5’ tall.
Gitt’s Crazy: 7.5″ gold and pink bloom on a 5.5″ plant.
Miss Delilah: Fabulous hot pink with white toward the center – amazing. Great 6-8” blooms on 4’ tall plant
MIDDLE-SIZED BLOOMS: Usually around 4-5″ blooms
All That Jazz: Orange/red 5″ flower on a 4′ plant.
Bonanza: 4″ bloom on a 3-4′ plant. Shades of yellow, pink, orange with purple toward the center.
Caribbean Fantasy: 5″ blooms on a 3′ plant. White, peach, yellow, some bright red.
Cornel: 4 bloom on a 4′ plant. Deep red.
Gabrielle Marie: 5″ bloom on a 4′ plant. Peach apricot with a little lavender blush.
Day Dreamer: Beautiful, subtle shades of soft yellow and blush apricot on a full-petal, 4-6” bloom. 4’ tall.
Lake Ontario: Stunning golden flowers with ruby red tips. 4-6″ blooms on a 4-5′ plant
L’Ancresse: 4′ white bloom on a 4′ plant.
Linna: Stunning yellow and peach 5″ flowers on a 5.5 foot tall plant.
October Sky: 5″ bloom that looks like sunset on a 5′ plant.
Ova Jo: 4″ yellow and white bloom on a 4′ plant.
Voodoo: Deep dark 5″ blooms on a 4.5 foot plant
LITTLE FOLK: Less than 4″
Brown Sugar: Rusty red 3.5″ bloom on a 4′ plant.
Foxy Lady: 3.5″ pink with gold bloom on a 4′ plant.
Jitterbug: Cute 2.5″ salmon flowers with yellow highlights in the center. 3′ plants.
Lora Ashley: 3″ bloom on a 4′ plant. Sunset colors.
Mardy Gras: 2.5 inch orange and gold on a 4′ plant.
Picasso: 3.5″ bloom on a 4′ plant. White with random splashes of red
Raz-Ma-Taz: 2.5 bloom on a 3.5′ plant. Red tips with pink, apricot inner.
White Nettie: 2.5 inch white bloom on a 3.5′ plant.