The Green Indoors #2

One of the things I love about nature is the way that things gently drift from one season to the next. The flowers I have at home now are similar to the ones I shared with you last month, as my allotment and the garden below our flat move from late summer to early autumn.

I’m especially pleased that I managed to grow dahlias from seed. My previous, incredibly expensive attempt to grow dahlias using corms from Sarah Raven was a slug-infested disaster. My learning? Plant the corms in big pots and grow them on somewhere well away from slugs (and frost!) until they’re big and strong enough to cope, before planting outdoors. As I plan to go back to using corms again next season, I shall definitely be doing this. I’ve seen the most incredible variety, Cafe au Lait, which is firmly at the top of my dahlia wish list!

But for now, these are gracing my home…

Do you have any tips for dahlia growing for me? 

Homegrown dahlias and hydrangeas



Home grown dahlia!

5 Responses to The Green Indoors #2

  1. Manneskjur says:

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  2. Meg says:

    Gorgeous blue hydrangeas, and well done on growing dahlia from seed. When did you sow them? And how long did they take to germinate. I’m eager to grow some too but want to avoid Sarah Raven’s tempting corms as they are pricey.
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    • Elizabeth says:

      I sowed them early this Spring, March time. They germinated quite quickly, but got quite leggy quickly too! I think they needed to be potted on and left somewhere slighter cooler (frost free) because I had them indoors for a while due to lack of greenhouse! I’d recommend giving it a go, the germination rate was almost 100% so it’s definitely cheaper…

  3. Carlie says:

    Oh, the cafe au lait…I’d like a rose like that, too.

    Lovely post #inspiring
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