Hello all (esp. Perl),
Long ago member back again! (I was Jax)
I need help. The pictured dahlia is NOT one I ordered! OK it's pretty, but I need to make a label for it. It does look familiar... any ideas? It's small -4", but the first few blossoms are sometimes smaller than later in the season (or is it just me?). Thanks in advance!
Yes, it's Melissa! My whole world has been turned upside down over the past 3 years. I would write a book, but no one would believe it!
How are you?
Jax is my cat, a great garden helper, so I can't cop his name anymore. He is the only guy who has stayed by my side through it all (I'm sure it has nothing to do with Fancy Feast).
I looked at the ENTIRE dahlia plantfiles. The suspects are Mystery Day, Wicky Woo, and B-Man. I bought a lot from Swan Island, Lynch Creek, Red Hawk, plus some local garden centers that I like to support. Some poor, underpaid person probably mixed up the tubers from one of my sources.
Sorry, Pirl not Purl. I knit, therefore I spell, incorrectly.
My new name is a joke. I've hit rock-bottom. My salve for depression is gardening. I had to sell my house, but the apt. I am now renting comes with an incredible full-sun garden!!! NO PINE TREES!!!
Nothing against the great White Pine, but it's hard to have a flower garden with them around :0)
I planted about 80 dahlias this year! I love dahlias, and if one is going to grow something on rented land, dahlias are the best- they can be moved easily. My mom's landlord has a plowed field for sunflowers; he offered some space to my mom (who does NOT garden). I may rent space from him next year- a cottage business, perhaps?
If you're at rock bottom then the only way is up from here on - right? Gardening is the answer. I think it's a Chinese saying...Nature heals. During past trials and tribulations I planted thousands of bulbs and it did help. At least it helps with sleeping.
Does your mom live near you?
That's a beauty. I love the peach with the golden yellow but then, I'm a sucker for dahlias.
Jax is such a beauty - our kitties are always by our side,aren't they? So sorry you are at rock bottom - as Arlene mentioned, the only way is up and I agree, gardening is the way to go. There is something so positive about seeing leaves unfurling and buds opening.
Thank you, Carolyn, and consider Jax hugged, kissed and patted- the little monkey. He's a blue bi-color Ragdoll, who was a cattery reject b/c of his enthusiasm for life. He was returned by his 1st owner and sold to me at 1/2 price! I kept his litter name (all characters from General Hospital!) b/c I thought he might be too much for me to handle, too. Well, he IS too much for me to handle (into EVERYTHING) but it makes him that much more adorable... except @ 5 AM.