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Any ideas what this is? It's got the most beautiful yellow flowers and dark purple foliage?


  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 9,760
    edited 14 September
    Not sure which one, might be one of the Bishop's children series.
    Southern trees bear a strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
  • ok  - I think there are several types - I would like to order one so need to know which one it is if anyone can help me  :)
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,530
    edited 14 September
    I agree.
    It could be Bishop of York
    It could be from a packet of mixed Bishops Children seeds - I often get that colour along with the hot reds and oranges.
    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Having compared I concur. So this has to come out every year and replanted in the spring? Seems a lot of faf?
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,649
    In mild areas dahlias can be left in the ground, so it depends where you live and what your soil and climate are like as to what you do with them.
    They can be grown from seed, or from the tubers that form, and also cuttings from those tubers.
    Very versatile plants - and hundreds of varieties to choose from   :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • I'm in the Midlands - Northampton - Irises tubers survive the cold where I am - does this mean Dahlia would be ok - I think these are just beautiful and would fill a border with them if I thought they would survive ok?
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Billericay, EssexPosts: 7,530
    Iris are much hardier than dahlias.
    I grow Bishops Children from seed most years to fill in gaps where the odd tuber didn't make it through winter, but most do here in Essex.
    You can always put some compost on top of them before winter sets in to give them insulation
    Here's one I sowed in March 2020 It's about 3ft this year and made it through the icy -6c blast we had earlier this year as did most of the others

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 39,649
    As @Pete.8 says - Irises are different - totally hardy  :)

    Dahlias don't like cold, wet especially. They can't cope here.
    If you only get some occasional frost, or only have light frosts,  but with drier soil, and a mulch as described, they might be fine where you are. We get too much frost and ice, even in mild winters, so I'd always have to lift them to be sure of getting them through winter. 
    You could always experiment a bit to see what works for you.  :)
    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

  • Dahlia Bishop of York. below.

    Perthshire. SCOTLAND .
  • JennyJJennyJ DoncasterPosts: 4,435
    Because the bed is higher than the pavement level, it's probably quite well-drained which will help the dahlia survive the winter if you leave it in the ground. My Bishop's Children dahlias come through the winter in the ground here and I'm a bit further north than you (sandy well-drained soil).
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