At one time, dahlias went out of fashion. I, for one, am pleased that they've seen a revival in recent years and many people are growing them once again.
I often buy bulbs and tubers from Wilkinsons at a bargain price so I choose from the selection on offer there. This year it was Procyon and I have to say that it's put on a great show.
Another bargain purchase was Dahlia Blue Bell, I bought it very late in the season but as it was being sold off at just 50p, it was worth a gamble. The foliage has grown but so far it hasn't bloomed. I'm not too concerned, I shall save the tuber and replant it next year when hopefully, it will give me some flowers.
One variety I decided to search out this year was Bishop of Llandaff. I bought it from a garden centre and it was in a sealed package. A stunning dahlia having vibrant scarlet flowers set against almost black foliage, I don't think this is anything of the sort.
Definitely a case of mistaken identity. The dahlia I've ended up with is nice enough but I'm very disappointed that it isn't what I expected.
I shall try again next year for a Bishop of Llandaff, I hope I'll be more successful next time.
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