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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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Plastic-free plant packaging

It can’t have escaped your notice that plastic is becoming more and more unpopular and rightly so. At the NDC we have been trying to reduce our plastic use since the start of the year. We’ve stopped using carrier bags when dispatching our tubers, we now wrap the tubers carefully in brown paper which is […]

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Propagation Workshop

Mark and I spent Thursday morning this week running a propagation workshop for a group of keen horticulturalists from The Kehelland Trust – the local horticultural centre for adults with learning difficulties. After a brief demonstration of how to take dahlia cuttings, the group were keen to join in and they quickly became dahlia propagation […]

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Snow and Spring Shows

It’s been hard to escape any talk of the weather this week. I managed to get it completely wrong by wearing a full set of thermals on the first of the very cold days at Varfell Farm, home of the NDC. The sun came out and it was 29 degrees in the tunnel. The dahlias […]

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Show Season Preparation

We’ve been a little bit spoilt with some sunshine in Cornwall this week and although it’s been cold at night and frosty in the mornings, the temperature in the tunnel during the day is just what the dahlias need. We’re working in shirt sleeves and our glasses steam up when we first walk in but […]

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Valentine’s Day at Varfell

Flowers have been used for centuries as love tokens with the tradition of floral tributes dating back to the middle ages. The Victorian’s use of flowers as symbols is also well documented. Saint Valentine was a young priest who defied Claudius II in Rome during the third century by continuing to perform weddings for young […]

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Preparing your tubers

Preparing your tubers

Having made the tricky decision of which dahlias to grow (so much choice!), placed your order and received your delivery, your thoughts turn to potting up and preparing the tubers. Whether you put the tubers into storage for a little while longer or get cracking in dividing and potting up, a good inspection of the […]

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NDC pop-up shop now open!

The National Dahlia Collection consists of around 1700 different cultivars, all of which are housed here at Varfell Farm. All our varieties are available to buy as rooted cuttings which are grown to order and a great way of creating a dahlia collection or building on the cultivars you already have in the garden. This […]

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