Mid-July Mixed Bouquet

This is a mixed bouquet featuring everything that is blooming right now in mid-July here in Southwest, Iowa. Dahlias, Gaura, Lisanthus, Larkspur, Rudbeckia with scented Geranium, Honeysuckle, Lemon Balm and Smokebush for foliage.What’s blooming in your yard?

How To: Fall Dahlia Cuttings

I took cuttings, dipped them in water, dipped them in rooting hormone and then planted them in seed starter potting soil. I did this last weekend and they look really great already.

After the Frost

What do the dahlias look like after a frost? They look pretty black and dead. Right now they are busy sending all of their energy down to the tubers.

Frosted Flowers

The flowers were hauntingly beautiful yesterday morning. This short period of beauty did not last long. Everything is now mostly black and done for the year. Lots of not-so-beautiful work coming in the next few weeks. Have you had your first frost yet?

First Frost Coming Tonight

It’s supposed to freeze tonight on October 12, 2016 here is Southwest Iowa. I took one last stroll through the garden tonight with my camera before we drop to 30 degrees late tonight.

Favorite Dahlia Variety

The first dahlia I bought is called Holland Festival. This is the dahlia that started it all for me.