Monday, August 22, 2016

Colorado Dahlia Society Show

On Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th, the Colorado Dahlia Society will hold its annual show at The Flower Bin, 1805 Nelson Road, Longmont, Colorado. The show is free and open to the public. You don't have to be a member of the Colorado Dahlia Society to show your dahlias. You do have to register your entries by 9:00 AM Saturday morning, August 27th. Each dahlia must include two leaves along with the blossom, in order to be accepted into the judging.
Very few plants offer as many colors and forms as dahlias do.
For ongoing fall color, dahlias are a great choice. Dahlias will bloom from late summer to first frost and can be grown in containers on the patio or in the garden. According to the American Dahlia Association, dahlias originated in Central America where they were called Acocotli and Cocoxochitl by the ancient Aztecs. Spanish explorers brought the plants back  to Europe and it was a staff member at the Royal Gardens in Madrid, Spain who named the plant after Swedish botanist Andreas Dahl.  Dahl considered the flower a vegetable. The first varieties with large, double flowers were bred in Belgium in the early 1800’s.
Now there are hundreds of varieties to choose from.
Dahlia flowers range in size from less than 2" in diameter to over 8". There are nineteen forms of Dahlia flower types,  from ball to semi-cactus.
Come to the Colorado Dahlia Society show,
The show runs Saturday August 27th and Sunday August 28th. 
See the wide variety of dahlias you can grow in your own garden.
Talk to other dahlia growers and learn more about planting, growing and showing dahlias.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Plant Speedwell for Fall color

Veronica is one of those perennials that should have a place in everyone's garden. Also known as speedwell and garden speedwell, Veronica is an easy to care for, low-maintenance perennial that will provide color to your garden all season long. Speedwell plants fall into two categories. The bushy, low-growing ground covers which grow anywhere from an inch to a foot high and the tall spike type which can reach three to four feet tall and bloom through the season. This blog will focus on the more common, tall, upright speedwell. The color range for speedwell is blue, white, purple and pink.

Veronica offers some of the bluest color blooms you'll find. When in flower, they will reach about 3' tall.
Speedwell tends to stay in place, and is typically non-invasive. 
It looks good with other perennials such as Black Eyed Susan.  
Speedwell will tolerate some shade but flowers best in full sun. Once you've selected the site, planting your speedwell should include improving the existing soil. Speedwell like well-amended soil, so plan to incorporate compost, peat moss into the planting site before you plant your speedwell. Adding root stimulator at planting time helps ensure your new plants will get off to a good start. Fall is a great time to plant Veronica. The cooler days and warm soil temperatures allow the plant time to get established before winter.
Planting in the fall means earlier flowering next season.
Another benefit of planting speedwell in your garden? It's a great way to attract pollinators. For a low maintenance, fast growing perennial, choose Veronica. It is versatile and dependable and will bring color to your perennial garden for many seasons to come.