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Bringing out the dahlias and cannas

Before showing you some drab photos of dead-looking dahlias, take a look at these gorgeous 'Princess Irene' tulips. This is my favorite tulip. I brought these home from the nursery and potted them up this morning. The tulips in the ground are not blooming yet. It is sad that the beautiful pots of bulbs at our nursery are sitting unseen by customers (we have curb-side service at the moment).

One of our weekend rituals is to watch Monty Don's show Gardener's World. The new episodes air on Friday night but we save it for our Saturday night treat. We lead very exciting lives!

On the latest episode, Monty took his dahlias out of winter hibernation. Of course, his looked great, right down to the moist layer of soil covering their roots. This prompted me to take the only two dahlias I have out of their paper bags in the basement and take a look. Unlike Monty's, mine are stuffed into paper bags and they looked bone dry. This is my usual method, however, and it has always …

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