Saturday, October 13, 2012

End of the affair

It's the end of the affair... my love affair with dahlias, that is. All good things must come to and end at some point, and it was finally time for the dahlias to die off. A hard frost was predicted last night so out I went after work with my bypass pruners, and I clipped nearly every remaining dahlia blossom. I had armloads full—enough for 4 very full vases. They looked like colorful fireworks and brought me great joy and the end of a busy work week in the city. Time to dig up the dahlia tubers, mark the various colors, and tuck them away until next spring. Yes, the process is a bit of a pain, but the results are worth it, because next spring my love affair will begin all over again.

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