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Maggie Hannaford

 

dahlias

Let me introduce you to Maggie Hannaford a fairly recent addition to my garden and a bit late to the party flowering but I’m not complaining – isn’t ‘she’ a beauty!

There are enough blooms this year for me to pick for my botanical art and still have some in the garden to admire.

Garden Surprises

dahlia

Last year we went to the Hobart Dahlia show and I shared some photos in my post Darling Dahlias of the wonderful blooms on display.

Having written down some of our favourites I  waited until October to see what ones were available to buy from the dahlia society to plant in our garden.

Three on my list arrived but enough time had passed for me not to be too sure exactly what had taken our fancy and the names weren’t particularly descriptive (well at least for a novice dahlia grower!)

I was a bit late in getting them in the ground and must confess rather lax at following the information sheet on tips and care so they were rather left to nature with little nurture.

dahlia and pom pom hat

Two of the three survived and flowered – the first Granite Be Ready reminded me of the pom pom adorned hat on a doll my grandmother brought back from her travels when I was a child (from just where I can’t recall and indeed if it was mine or my sister’s although I remember always being rather taken with that hat!).

two dahlias from my gardenA week later the pretty pink Maggie Hannaford revealed herself!

They look a little lonesome on their own in the garden so I’m planning to have a bigger patch planted later in the year and give them a little love & attention.

Of course watching all the dahlias that have been popping up in my instagram feed I’m now enamoured with the soft pink and cafe au lait ones!

Darling Dahlias

Dahlia Show at Hobart Town Halldahlia at Hobart flower showdahlia displayprize winning dahlia

Dahlias have been popping up a lot in my Instagram feed, popular with florists, gardeners and brides, but for some people they’ve never gone out of fashion.

We spent a delightful Saturday morning recently seeing the Hobart Horticultural Society Dahlia show at the Hobart Town Hall and armed with an insider tip we wrote down the numbers of some of our favourites so we can purchase some of the tubers later in the year.

They will be a new addition to the petal & pins garden and I just can’t wait to see them popping up with their festive form and colours!

 

 

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