Dahlia News

Dahlia News

BBC Gardeners World Live 2018

After a very successful week at BBC Gardeners’ World Live where we won a platinum award and Best Summer Flower display the team are back together at the farm for a brief spell before some of us head off to the Hampton Court Flower Show. Excitingly it’s time to start moving the motherstock into its […]

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RHS Chatsworth Flower Show Afterthoughts

The RHS Chatsworth Flower Show brought with it amazing views and a gold medal for the dahlia team. For me this is all very new. I spent a thoroughly enjoyable weekend building the stand with Jon and Lorraine who are experts at this flower show business and I learnt a great deal. Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ […]

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Gold Medal at Chelsea

What a week! A gold medal at Chelsea was a real highlight and an amazing achievement for the entire team after months of hard work from all those involved. Getting over 6o varieties of dahlia in full flower for mid-May is no mean feat when most peoples’ plants at home are barely showing their green […]

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Chelsea Build

After a few days of deadheading, picking over and inspecting each plant individually, we trolleyed them up, taped and wrapped them before loading 37 trolleys onto an articulated lorry and 8 trolleys onto each of 2 luton vans. 53 trolleys in total sent on their way to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The team at […]

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Nursery News

On the nursery RHS Chelsea planning and preparation continues, exhibition plants in full flower and being dead-headed, watered and fed. The rooted cuttings collections that we’ll be selling at the show are looking lovely. It means that those of you visiting the show will be able to take a little bit of dahlia magic home […]

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Cutting and Flower Shows

Another busy week at the NDC. The weather is being kind to us with gentle, hazy sunshine which provides good light levels without scorching the lush new growth of the emerging dahlias and of course it warms the tunnel and glasshouse nicely. The Malvern Spring Show is nearly here with the RHS Chelsea Flower Show […]

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Show Season

Our show season (Click here to view our show dates) is looming large on the horizon and there is more colour every day in the greenhouse in preparation for the Malvern Spring Show which is closely followed by the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, both happen in May. Our cuttings of ‘Chelsea Collections’ are rooting well […]

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Myth Busting

Suddenly, or so it seems, we emerge from an endless grey, cold, snowy winter, and with primroses in bloom and blossom breaking bud in the hedgerows, it feels like spring is finally upon us. I know it’s not just us at the NDC who are thinking about dahlias at this time of year. Along with […]

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Limited range still available

We are off to the Cornwall Garden Society’s annual Spring show at Boconnoc this weekend and although it’s another local-to-us show, it won’t be long before the NDC is on the road and in attendance at RHS shows up and down the country (Click here for our show schedule). Boconnoc is a fantastic show to […]

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Season extension

As the weather ever so slowly begins to be a little bit kinder to us (Easter weekend aside), all of that pent-up gardening energy finally has a release. If you’re anything like me, any spare time where it’s not raining (or snowing), you’ll be spending in the garden. The lighter evenings mean that there is […]

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