6/29/2008

Lavender Dahlia

(Toledo, OH) This dahlia plant is just past its blooming prime, and I should have taken pictures of it last week to give a better sense of its beauty. Still, the flowers stay around a long time and provide brilliant color to an ornamental display.

The tubers of these perennials, however, need to be dug up, dried, and stored each year in temperatures above freezing for replanting the next spring. I have made the mistake of trying to heap mulch on them, hoping they would survive an Ohio winter, but I ended up with rotten black roots where once life was stored. This is never the case with dog supplies at my house, though, as my pooches consume food far too quickly for it to rot.

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