Dahlia grief: Woe, woe, woe is me! Woe, woe! "What's the matter Jonathan?" Well my very elderly Dad, bless his heart, has so kindly come over to give me some help with my garden, as he so often does when I'm too unwell to do it myself. I think he mistook both my very beloved Dwarf ('Patio') Dahlias for some Begonias, and gave them the chop to the base. The tops were still green and hadn't done any dying back down at all yet. He's gone off somewhere, and I don't know where, so I can't contact him. When he comes back I shall say to him, "Look Dad, you have 50 years experience as an outstanding horticulturalist. You should be able to tell the difference between a Begonia and a Dahlia, so why did you karate them?!" He really is so kind, and I appreciate him so much. But he sometimes has these 'senior moments' of lapsing. Are they still going to be OK and grow back healthily come next spring?
- 25 Nov, 2009