Lifting Dahlias is one of the biggest (& dirtiest) jobs in our Flower Farm year. And to be honest, this last few weeks it doesn't look much like the sun & flower filled version of flower farming usually seen in a magazine photoshoot or on here! Real life is much less glamourous, I'm afraid...
We grow hundreds of Dahlias every year, so it's time-consuming to lift, clean & store tubers safely until next Spring. Last year, torrential rain in November followed by a very cold snap in early December made it a difficult, unpleasant task.
So we made it a priority to do it early this year. It's been much easier. Almost all Dahlias are out of the ground now, moved into the tiny tunnel for processing.
Tubers are looking good & strong so I'm optimistic they'll bring a good crop of flowers again next year.
There may not be much colour to show you just now but the work goes on behind the scenes. I'm very aware what I do (or don't do) today, this week or this month, has a direct consequence on how many flowers there are to cut next Summer.
Some days it's tempting to stay inside out of the mizzle but the work won't get done if we do. And just now, it's looking like we're on track with the Dahlias... & I'm looking forward to the colour returning!
Rosie Gray of Galloway Flowers. Artisan Florist & Cut Flower Farmer near Castle Douglas, in South West Scotland. Using 100% Flowers & Foliage grown in British Isles, all year round.