Dazzling Dahlias – 10 in a series – Alan Titchmarsh: How I grow dahlias — and why they’re my second-most infallible plants via Country Life

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Dazzling Dahlias – 10 in a series -Alan Titchmarsh: How I grow dahlias — and why they’re my second-most infallible plants via Country Life

Dazzling Dahlias - 10 in a series - Alan Titchmarsh: How I grow dahlias — and why they’re my second-most infallible plants via Country Life

Gardener, writer and broadcaster Alan Titchmarsh has always loved dahlias — even in the days before they gained their current huge popularity. Here are his tips on how to get it right.

Floral fireworks
What a dahlia! Ah-ha-ha!
What a failure! Ah-ha-ha!
Did you really think you could
Cultivate it? Ah-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha!

I forget who penned that parody to Adele’s laughing song from Strauss the younger’s Die Fledermaus, but the words have stuck with me for years. Not only because they make me smile, but also because of their erroneous implication that dahlias are tricky.

They are not. Next to daffodil bulbs, they’re perhaps the most infallible of plants. Their contribution to the late-summer garden is inestimable.

Read Alan Titchmarsh: How I grow dahlias 


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