Dahlias are arguably one of nature’s most beautiful and unusual blooms, with over 42 species available. Native to Mexico – where they are the national flower – and Central America, they are a member of the Asteraceae family, making them distant relatives to the sunflower and the daisy. It is widely said that they represent the traits of grace, courage, and dignity, making them a wonderful gift for the strong and beautiful people in your life.
What makes them quite so stunning is just how abundantly they bloom, offering a riot of colour and petals galore. A fantastic place to see them in every shade imaginable is Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire. This delightful National Trust property offers a fantastic opportunity to see these gorgeous florals in all their glory. What is especially beautiful about them, is the fact they bloom in late summer and through autumn, providing a welcome pop of colour and beauty after the traditional summer blooms have faded.
They are not a scented flower. Instead, their beautifully coloured petals are their method of attracting the bees for pollination. Growing these beautiful flowers is surprisingly straightforward. Spring is the time to plant them, as the weather starts to turn for the better. Firstly, you need to choose the sunniest corner of your garden, as dahlias absolutely love the sun, needing a minimum of 6 hours of it per day. Plant them in well-drained soil, ideally adding a fertiliser to the compost. The soil should not be too soggy. Give them a good, thorough watering once a week, and a fortnightly feed doesn’t go amiss either. All being well, come end of summer you will get to see these delightful flowers flourish, filling your garden with colour and beauty. What could be lovelier!
Of course, you may prefer to enjoy these flowers as part of a bouquet, which is where we can help! We can create a unique, bespoke arrangement and have it delivered to your recipient same day or next day. Get in touch with our experienced artisan florists today to see what we can do.
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