Time to collect leaves as a resource for potting compost next year.
This one fits perfectly into a border with deep burgundy colours and I love it! The pace at which Dahlias grow is amazing. The smaller varieties do great in pots and easily outperform pelargoniums. There are adorable ones that also grow quite large, needing substantial support.
Dahlias are definetely not maintenance-free. Leaving them in wet winter soil diminishes them and regular deadheading is essential during flowering. So Dahlias are great for people who do enjoy gardening.
One can start off their seeds indoors on a sunny windowsill. Or one can choose to take RHS exams in February. I did the latter and am wondering now whether I can fit in more trays on the limited shelfs in my brain. I might have run out of space. Or of time. One week to go!