I thought it might be a good idea to do a write up about the new dahlias that I added to our garden this season. Prior to last year, I only had a few varieties, including the famous Café au Lait and Penhill Watermelon, which I purchased from Bulbs Direct, New Zealand’s leading mail order bulb supplier.
Two years ago, I happened to purchase the lovely Labyrinth, which was not being sold in 2021 and became the most highly sought after dahlia tuber in the country. Someone in a Facebook group for dahlia growers that I belong to said that a couple of auctions for the Labyrinth closed at $400! Here is the Labyrinth in bloom in this year’s garden.
The Labyrinth has a sister called Labyrinth Two Tone, which I purchased from a supplier called Petal Plants. It is also really lovely.
Firm favourites in our garden are the varieties Maya, Wizard of Oz and Peaches n’ Cream, all of which I purchased from Jenny at Studio 24 Botanicals.
Mum and I were also very impressed with Breakout, which is the sister to Café au Lait.
The picture that received more likes on my Instagram page than any other dahlia was Alfred Grille, which was a tuber from a previous season which I purchased from Bulbs Direct. I don’t have many cactus dahlias and it is admittedly not my favourite variety, but I do really like this one.
One strange thing about this year is that our dahlias have been very late to flower. Some have only just started flowering and we are waiting on many others. I will post another update on our dahlias in the future to cover them.