I’m not quite sure why I decided to check on my Dahlia tubers, which I had lovingly stored away in the garage. Perhaps because several people had recently been talking about them. Perhaps just because I wanted a break from the very boring task of trying to re-organise the shelves in the garage that act as our larder. What I discovered nearly made my cry. Pathetic I know, but those Dahlias had brought outrageous colour to my garden for months last year and I was looking forward to more of the same, plus extras for the allotment by propagating from them. They had rotted away. I can only assume that the garage has been too damp for them, and they didn’t get enough protection in shredded paper. Probably because we keep the tumble dryer out there, and when it is on we prop the garage side door open for the vent hose. Given how wet it has been, this must have allowed the humidity to build up enough to kill them off.
So RIP ‘Rip City’, your velvet beauty was entrancing in the border and in the vase.
RIP ”Hillcrest Royal’, your silly frilly pinkness always made me smile.
RIP ‘Bishop of Auckland’, you flowered your socks off and still looked beautiful frosted and dying.
Clearly I have to buy new Dahlias, which I suppose I can view as an opportunity. Equally clearly I need to find a different place to store them next winter. Does anyone know whether a loft would be OK? Our shed is tiny and I’m sure it also has to be as damp as the garage…