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image anybody know what this flower is? 2 feet tall, flowers are about two inches across.


  • MarranMarran Posts: 171

    A dahlia :-)

  • Thank you image

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,795

    Watch out for earwigs too.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    Yes thats very true Ladybird up North they go  straight for the Jugluar. Take care when dead heading your Dahlias

  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,262

    I would be wary of the no staking bit.

    Many Dahlias happily grow to 4 foot, and can become very top heavy. I would always stake the taller varieties.

    There are ashtrays of emulsion,
    for the fag ends of the aristocracy.

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Omg thanks Ladybird is that what they are!! I just cut some rain flopped dahlias to put in a vase...Brought in, put them to dry on some newspaper and this huge black thing came racing out from one really fast - I thought it was a beetle! It was so startled I jumped but managed to bash it. Yeah watch out for those!! Do they eggs in them or anything? I don't want them in the house!!

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,234

    I once had one in my trousers at the same time as me! image

  • mushermusher Posts: 389

    yes thats  very true punkdoc. Adding to that. Put your sturdy steaks in before burying your Dahlia Rhyzones. Less chance of damaging the power plant. of your Dahlias

  • wakeshinewakeshine Posts: 967

    Lol @ plant pauper! How did you cope?!! My friend (a Dr) told me this week she had a patient who had a beetle (or earwig) inside her ear after going in the garden. She called the ambulance but they refused to come. She was screaming and going crazy but they refused.Then she managed to get it out by spalshing water on it. She saved it in a bottle and showed it to the Dr!

  • Ladybird4Ladybird4 Posts: 35,795

    Earwigs lay their eggs in the soil. They are actually quite useful to gardeners as they do eat pests but they love a nibble on plant leaves and flower petals. They also like to hide away in the Dahlia heads during the day time. One way to trap them is to fix a small plant pot - upside down - onto a stake near the Dahlias and stuff a little bit of straw into the plant pot. The earwigs will go and hide in there during the day so you can remove the pot each morning and get rid of them.

    Cacoethes: An irresistible urge to do something inadvisable
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