Growing & showing dahlias

Following the amazing dahlias at the Society’s big show in August our next talk was all about dahlias

Following the amazing dahlias at the Society’s big show in August our speaker this week was Irene Woods Secretary and president, from the Norfolk Dahlia Society talking about growing and showing dahlias.

Irene started by advising on how to store dahlias after lifting from the ground. They should be left upside down for a few days in order to drain out all the excess water otherwise they will rot. She then places them inside a greenhouse and covers with hessian sacks but they can be placed in boxes in a frost free place labelled and covered with old compost. About January time they are placed on a propagating bench with heated cables. on sand to start them into growing. Shoots are taken as cuttings which are dipped in rooting gel with the bottom leaves removed and put in pots of 3/4 compost/ 1/4 grit.When they have developed roots they are potted on into 3” pots moving up a pot size as they grow. They are planted out after all danger of frost has passed into soil enriched with compost or manure as dahlias are very greedy feeders. So all show plants are grown from cuttings not the tubers , this is in order to keep the plant with a minimum of 6 shoots. All side shoots are nipped out so growth is concentrated into the main flowering bud.

The judging of dahlias apart from their perfect blooms is classified by their size, fitting into measuring rings, so a miniature would fit into a small ring etc although a miniature doesn’t look like we would expect it to being much larger. In order to transport dahlias to a show they are supported by canes firmly tied to the stem and individually put into closely packed lemonade bottles.

At the show they are then arranged according to the Schedule making them look as attractive as possible. After the local shows the dahlias are given to the public for a small donation towards the society.

Irene went on to show us some of the wonderful dahlias with beautiful colours. She doesn’t like pom poms as the sepals have to be removed in order for the petals to meet round the back a very time consuming business.

A very informative evening enjoyed by all .

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more information re coach trip.

The first pick up point will now be the bus stop opposite St Benedicts Church on the corner of Hollingsworth Road. Parking permitted at the church.

Just to be clear and to avoid any confusion, Apart from tea and cake at Rosemary, we pay for all other refreshments (coffee at Place for Plants and lunch at Flatford). Outstanding coach costs and parking will be subsidised by the club. All friends have a seat on the coach.

Coach trip to East Bergholt.

Can all monies for the coach trip pleased be paid either at the March meeting or Wednesday 20th of April meeting. Just a reminder , all cheques to be made payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Following payment your name will marked as paid.

Payment for garden trip on Saturday June 11th.

Please make all cheques, £25, for the trip payable to Oulton Broad & Lowestoft Horticultural Society. Changing details such as the name of the club with the bank is somewhat problematical.

Garden Trip

We are planning a trip by coach to East Bergholt for club members although non members may come if there is spare room on the coach. The trip will take place on Saturday 11th of June 2022 and we plan to go to Place for Plants for a visit to their garden along with coffee and a chance to buy some plants. This will be followed by a visit to Flatford for lunch and a stroll or just chilling out. At 2pm we will be visiting the Garden of Mrs Natalie Finch, called Rosemary, the garden appeared on Gardeners World back in 1997. Here we will have tea, and a tour of the garden and all the wonderful roses leaving for home at 4pm.

The cost of the trip is £25 which includes cost of the gardens and tea at Rosemary, all other costs will be subsidised by the club. Contact me using the form provided in ‘get in touch’. The deadline for replies is the 7th March. Pick up’s will be Yarmouth Rd, opposite Gunton St Peter’s Ave, 8.45am and the Co-op at Ashburnham rd, 9am arriving about 10.30am.

Book Table

We have had a large donation of Gardening books, so we have decided to have a book table at our meetings where members can purchase  a book for a donation to the club.

Changes to membership fees

It has been agreed by both the members and the committee that the membership fee will increase to £10 per annum, In order to get good speakers we need to increase our income, speakers costs have also increased as have their travelling costs. The entrance fee will remain at £1.00 with first time guest free of charge.