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bigemrg

Enthusiastic gardener interested in growing all types of flowers for enjoyment and photographic purposes! www.iangrainger.co.uk

Dahlia

  • Season Icon Early WinterEarly Winter 2019
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bigemrg

Good morning GTers! I've not had much time to spare for GT or gardening in the last few months, which is a shame as I enjoy this place immensely! However, I did manage to capture a few of my favourite #dahlias in the garden this year so have decided to share them with you as a final post for the year! Hopefully I'll have more time next year - all the best for 2020 everyone! 😀 #dahlia #mosaic #bestof2019

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juliesgarden

Good morning ian ..lovely to see you ! Some great dean Lucas there .Happy new year 🎉

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pelly

Morning Ian, happy new year 🙋😍

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rachelbrooks

Morning Ian, you have some beauties there.

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godfreye

Good morning Ian and Happy New Year 2020🎉🎉

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lilybee

Fab collage and Happy New Year to you too!

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valjones-hughes

What a collection!

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ublaszko

Happy New Year Ian! 🌹🌺🌸

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johninbrighton

@bigemrg ...... Fabulous collage Ian ........ Happy Everything in 2020 .

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  • Season Icon Mid SpringMid Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! My seed sowing endeavours have been a bit of a disaster this year but my #dahlia tubers have been a great success so far! Won't be long before I can keep them outside! 😀

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bigemrg

@BillWatson - Thanks Bill! I put my tubers in quite early, about two months ago, so they've had plenty of time to show themselves! Hope yours aren't too long in showing! 😀

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sieveheadsarah

They're looking great, mine have all grown back and they're outside under a table 👍🏼😀

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bigemrg

@sieveheadsarah - That's great Sarah! I left two outside in a sheltered area over winter but they haven't returned yet! There's still time though! 😀

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kathy

My ones I left in the garden haven’t shown, think the rain this last winter possibly rotted them, the new one/one can’t remember🤣 was a bit late going

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godfreye

Looking good Ian🤗

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bigemrg

@kathy - They certainly don't like getting wet Kathy! There's still time for them to show though! 😀

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bigemrg

@godfreye - Thanks very much Enid! 😀

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Sephy

Hope you took some lil' shoot cuttings. Bonnie plants, lookin good! Im fighting a mouse off digging my tubers up for a snack atm. Tried everything humane without success until i discovered holly leaves! Hahaha definitely keeps them off👌✌👍

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bigemrg

@Sephy - Didn't grab any cuttings Sean as I'll be struggling to find somewhere to put all of these! Holly leaves eh? Who knew! 😀

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Sephy

@bigemrg ano right! Nifty trick tho im impressed. Haha ive kept my cuttings to a bare, bare, bareee minimum this year too for fear of causing a root based tectonic shift lol

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bigemrg

@Sephy - Hehe! I know you can't have too many plants, but I think I'm in danger of having too many plants! 😀

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  • Season Icon Early SpringEarly Spring 2019
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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! I'm not having much luck with many of my seeds at the moment but at least we have lift off in the #dahlia department! 😀 #newgrowth

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pelly

Afternoon Ian, it's the other way round here, seeds doing well but only one dahlia showing any sign of life 💚💚

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sieveheadsarah

Exactly the same for me, I never have problems with my seeds, this year is a different story 🤔🤔

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bigemrg

@pelly - Not sure what's going on with my seeds! I've got eight trays full but only a handful of seeds have germinated! Even my Chilli seeds, only one has germinated from three different packets! My Dahlias on the other hand, only one pot isn't showing yet! 😀

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bigemrg

@sieveheadsarah - I bought ten packets from T&M for £10 and am beginning to think I was sold out of date stock! Very disappointing whatever the reason! 😔

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pelly

How odd. Have you checked for fungus gnats (sciaroidea) I've had problems with them this year? 🤔🤔

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anges

Sounds painful Jane @pelly 😂😂

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bigemrg

@pelly - They're all indoors in propagators Jane - no gnats or anything else around! 😔 The only ones that have done really well are my Sunflower seeds which all germinated! 😀

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bigemrg

@anges - Hehe! 😀

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anges

They're looking healthy Ian ☺💚

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bigemrg

@anges - Thanks Ange! Got my fingers crossed that they toughen up before the garden fills up with snails and slugs! 😀

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anges

Oh yes 🐌🐌🐌 😬 I only potted up my Dahlias yesterday tbh ☺

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  • Season Icon Late WinterLate Winter 2019
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bigemrg

Good afternoon all! Had a productive morning potting up my new #dahlia tubers! Looking forward to seeing Bishop of Llandaff, Mexican Star, Lake Ontario and Lakeland Autumn! 😀

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rachelbrooks

You’re early. Will you keep these in the greenhouse?

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bigemrg

@rachelbrooks - Definitely Rachel! Will keep them in my growhouse until the frosts have passed! 😀

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rachelbrooks

Ah! 👍🏼

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godfreye

That’s a really good job done Ian 🤗

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lexijane

Great job. I must do mine soon too

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Keely

Great work leaving mine for a couple more weeks yet still a bit cold for them up here 😄

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richard.spicer.7906

Good job, I should be getting mine out of the loft soon, noticed some growth already showing on a few!

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suerichards

Oh I will do mine this weekend then 👍@bigemrg

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bigemrg

@godfreye - Thanks Enid! 😀

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bigemrg

@lexijane - Thanks Lexi! 😀

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bigemrg

@Keely - Thanks Keely! Will be leaving mine in the growhouse until risk of frosts has passed! 😀

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  • Season Icon Mid SummerMid Summer 2016
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bigemrg

Good afternoon everyone! Just in time for #dahlia day, the wind damaged specimen I purchased a couple of weeks ago is putting on a splendid display! 😀

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rachelbrooks

Pretty 🌼🌼🌼it doesn't look too traumatised now @bigemrg 😊

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bigemrg

@rachelbrooks - No! Its made a remarkable recovery thanks! 😀

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debs69

That's a lovely one 😉

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kathy

Rescued plants are so grateful I'm sure they reciprocate by putting on a special display

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bigemrg

@debs69 - Thanks Debra! It's called Happy Days Yellow which I thought was quite appropriate for all of the sunshine we're having! 😀

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bigemrg

@kathy - Hehe! I have to agree! Be kind to your plants and they'll be kind to you! 😀

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juliesgarden

Oh that's lovely Ian 💛💛

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bigemrg

@juliesgarden - Thank you Julie! I'd have to agree! 😀

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titchyfra

Perfect name! Certainly settled very well, I think @Kathy is right 👏

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bigemrg

@titchyfra - I think so too! 😀

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  • Season Icon Early SummerEarly Summer 2016
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bigemrg

Good evening all! Very excited about my dahlias getting flower buds! First time I've grown them from bare root plants! #dahlia

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charlottejhurst

Beautiful macro 😍😍

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richard.spicer.7906

😮 - I didn't know you could get bare root dahlias. I bought some from cuttings this year, so hoping to get some tubers by the end of the year.

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bigemrg

@charlottejhurst - Thank you Charlotte! 😀

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bigemrg

@richard.spicer.7906 - Sorry Richard, of course I meant tubers! 😀

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richard.spicer.7906

Ah! That makes sense 👍🏼

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clickchick

Amazing detail love dahlias 😍

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bigemrg

@clickchick - Thanks Jean! Me too! I have five or six coming along nicely! 😀

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clickchick

I have some in pots near my conservatory thats been flowering while we were away so deadheaded hoping to get lots more flowers Ian 😀

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nessas

First time I've grown mine from tubers over wintered some I'd bought last year and bought more tubers this year, i have made the mistake of not pinching out the tops to make them more bushier 😱 but at least I've learnt a lesson for next year 😂😂

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bigemrg

@nessas - I didn't know whether to pinch tops out or not so only did on two of my plants! To be honest there isn't much difference between them! Still got lots of buds on them all! 😀

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juliesgarden

👍👍

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