Early Summer Dahlia

(Toledo, OH) The exceptionally warm spring we experienced in Northwest Ohio has translated into some unusually early blossoms. Pictured on your left is a red-and-pink Dahlia that emerged the other morning a few weeks ahead of schedule.

Dahlias in this area are fickle and delicate plants, and the rhizomes of most will not survive a winter underground in this region. If these were underwater plants, they probably would not need aquatic weed control beyond a quick chopping with a scythe.

Still, Dahlias bring color several months of the year, carrying well into autumn around these parts. I suppose this makes the digging up and storage of rhizomes worth the effort.


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