Friday, August 10, 2007

over the neighbor's fence

Here's one from our neighbor China's yard-- she's the queen of Dahlias!
(and these are "Spartacus" (large) & "Pooh")

Here's the Dahlia Queen herself!
And more views from her garden.
At left, 'A la mode'-- one of my favorites.


At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for high lighting my humble garden. The secret to my late summer success is to hunt down the hardy, the long lasting and the water thrifty. Dahlia's, for example, are easy to grow, need only basic care and bloom from June until the frost wipes them out. You need to dead head regularly to keep them looking good and encourage bloom and they definately need to be staked. There's a million different varieties, forms and colors. You can't over water them unless you want the tubers to rot so they do well with minimal water. I have mine on every other day drip irrigation. What's not to like? Of course there is the arduous task of digging them up every other year, cleaning them up, dividing the tubers, dusting with sulfur and packaging them for winter...not so fun.

Then there's zinnias in their many forms and colors and wonderful hardiness. And did I mention cone flowers in their many color ranges?

Anyone else out there with suggestions for other late season easy care bloomers for our mediteranean northern CA climate please enlighten Lisa who will pass the info on to me.


At 5:56 PM, Blogger Connie said...

Gorgeous dahlias!


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