By now, you've stored your tubers, are frantically cutting and packing, or have decided to leave them in the ground. It's a bittersweet time of year for dahlia lovers.
COVID will likely make Thanksgiving a quiet affair, and perhaps the other holidays as well. Nevertheless, there will still be lots of distractions. The amount of mail is increasing daily. The commercial catalogues seem to have supplanted internet advertising; but, in the dahlia world, we are still moving in the opposite direction. Instead of catalogues we often have to scour the internet to find the offerings of the specialty dahlia boutiques. A number of them are listed on the ADS website.
Every garden has room for a few new dahlias next year. That is part of the excitement of growing our favorite flower. Now that is a bit presumptive - my daylily, glad, and rose friends will object. But here in our little corner of the floricultural world, the dahlia reigns! And in spite of COVID, though with all the proper procedures, the ADS trial gardens prospered and there are some beautiful new varieties being introduced for 2021.