April 23, 2012

Slow spring 2012

    Spring is so slow this year. After a few weeks of unusually warm weather in the beginning of March spring took a break and getting pretty late. But today it was sunny and warm for the first time during last weeks. My young dahlia plants spent first night and day out in the greenhouse.

    One of my garden beds is filled with early flowering bulbs and today they were happy to meet sun. I used my chance to take some pictures.

Iris reticulata together with Crocus chrysanthus 'Romance'

Crocus vernus 'Jeanne d'Arc'

Tulipa kaufmanniana 'Show Winner'

Iris 'Katherine Hodgkin'

    Perennials look very pretty when just unfurling from the winter sleep. Leaves are fresh and strongly colored.


Dicentra spectabilis

Aruncus aethusifolius

    One of my favorite minis 'Cat and Mouse' shows 6 buds ready to unfurl. That's a nice increase from 3 shoots last year.

Hosta 'Cat and Mouse'

April 16, 2012

Svenska Dahliasällskapet at Nordiska Trädgårdar 2012

    The Fair is over. Since January my mind was occupied with thoughts on organizing the stand for Svenska Dahliasällskapet and now I have a bit strange feeling that I don't need to worry about how everything would work out any more. We all had a great time. Interest in our stand was enormous, many new and experienced dahlia enthusiasts found their way to us. It was very nice to meet all the fair visitors and to share our passion for these magnificent plants. Here are some pictures from the 3rd day of the fair in our stand.

On the background of our stand we had beautiful canvas pictures made by our new sponsor KB Foto. We are very grateful to them for making our stand so impressive this year. Hopefully we'll keep our fruitful cooperation in the future.

Our selling area is starting to look not so full as it was on first days. We had tubers, cuttings, seedlings and seeds for sale. Everything was very popular.

Charlotte is showing how easy it is to divide tubers and propagate your own dahlias.

We had some potted tubers for sale as well. Karin is showing one of them to the fair visitors.

April 14, 2012

New arrivals to my dahlia collection. Spring 2012

    In March I received a new order from my favorite dahlia grower Accent Dahlias. Here comes a preview of the varieties that I've got from Ken Greenway.

AC Abby
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

AC Aquarius
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

AC Golden Nickles
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

AC Clouds and Rain
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

AC Twist
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

Harvey Koop
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

Mary P
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

Hollyhill Spiderwoman
Picture borrowed from Accent Dahlias

Woodland's Merinda
Picture borrowed from Dave's Garden forum

Wyn's Delta Frank
Picture borrowed from Dahliafrance

April 10, 2012

Beginning of new dahlia season 2012

    My dahlias have started their preparation for the new season back in the middle of February. I brought up from the winter storage some tubers of my favorite varieties as well as tubers that I received in exchange with Nadezhda and those that I bought from Peter Haslhofer and put them in trays filled with potting media. It took a few days for the tubers to wake up and start to sprout with new growth.

Since beginning of March I'm taking cuttings. It takes about 14 days for them to root in moist coir substrate in a mini-greenhouse.

As soon as the roots appear I plant cuttings in nutritious potting mixture and keep them on sunny windowsills.

Last summer the plants developed from cuttings were growing very well and flowering earlier then those that were grown from tubers. Tuber production from cuttings was fine as well. Some of the cuttings I'm planning to offer for sale in our society stand at Nordiska Trädgårdar 2012.

April 9, 2012

Nordiska Trädgårdar 2012, April 12-15

    Long Easter weekend is almost over. On Thursday starts the main garden event of the spring - Nordiska Trädgårdar 2012. The fair lasts on from April 12 to April 15. This year I'm responsible for organizing of Svenska Dahliasällskapets stand. The Stockholms planning group worked hard to organize a twice larger stand then our society used to have. We'll have several workshops on tuber dividing and planting dahlia seedlings. Many unusual and hard to find dahlia varieties will be offered for sale by our members. Everybody is very welcome to visit our stand A01:20!

     There is an excess of tubers in my stock that I'd have for sale as well. These sales are raising funds for Svenska Dahliasällskapet and give me opportunity to get new varieties to my collection. I shall have tubers of about 50 different varieties to offer to the fair visitors. Here comes the list of these varieties:

AC Rooster
Alauna Aurora
Alauna Luna
Birka Alf
Birka Hallon
Birka Scandinavian Sunshine
Black Jack
Colorado Classic
Electric Flash
Gallery Art Fair
Gallery Art Nouveau
Gallery Matisse
Gallery Salvador
Hapet 2008/121
Hapet 2008/620
Hapet 2009/48
Hapet 2009/77
Hapet Red King
Hapet Spartan
Hillcrest Suffusion
Kenora Macop B
Magic Moment
Melody Dixie
Melody Dora
Melody Gipsy
Melody Harmony
Melody Latin
Melody Mambo
Mick’s Peppermint
Mingus Laura
Moor Place
Pinelands Princess
Rebecca's World
Simon's Honor
Skipley Swingtime
Star's Favourite
Trelyn Rhiannon
Vista Lindsey
Wyn’s Pinking for You
Wyn’s Radiant Star