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December is a special time of year for people who grow flowers and veggies. Non-growers think we’ve kicked off our boots and have a glass of our favourite in hand...but you know better. Planning, selecting, dreaming...so let’s have some fun too. 24 Days of Giveaways, from December 1st to December 24th...READY?
Finding authoritative flower growing resources in the Canadian market can be a tough go, but every once in a while one of the premier growers in our country offers a peek into their experience and wisdom. Connie Thompson has been growing Dahlias since 1989. And has been trained as a judge by the American Dahlia Society, and although Connie no longer shows her Dahlias she is one of the most influential dahlia growers in Canada.
This past summer Connie released her book, Connie’s Dahlias - A Beginner’s Guide. A wealth of knowledge in an easy to follow 60 pages of well illustrated Dahlia growing.
If you are a member of a Facebook site in Canada that involves Dahlias you are probably familiar with Connie, who is always willing to share her thoughts and experience to newbies and long time growers in search of an answer.
If you are new to Dahlias or, like me, and always want to have a trusted companion at my fingertips that describes in easy detail all the steps you need to be successful from start to finish. Connie succinctly walks you through everything from bed prep, buying the right tubers, and planting them. Of course, for the advanced grower she even shows you how to take cuttings, and how to properly divide your tubers.
Connie’s Dahlias - A Beginner’s Guide should be on all your shelves if you are serious about growing Dahlias. Our first day of giveaways for 2021 is a copy of Connie’s book and a $50 Gift Card to the Stems Flower Farm Dahlia store which opens in March 2022.
For a chance to win leave a comment below. In your message, share which special Dahlia makes you smile the most as you walk through your garden, or how growing dahlias makes you feel, anything really, as long as it puts a smile on everybody’s face. EASY. This giveaway is open to anyone with a Canadian shipping address. This Giveaway is open until Sunday night December 5th, 2021 at Midnight PT.
UPDATE: Congratulations to our winner, Barb S
Of course, if you know someone who would be inspired by browsing our selection of Dahlias, please share!
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Dec 06, 2021
Wizard of Oz is a great one, but I have a soft spot for the Golden Sceptre!
Dec 05, 2021
I love them all but there’s something about the dahlias with dark foliage that always makes me smile. Mystic illusion is one of my favourites
Dec 05, 2021
I don’t know if I can choose a favourite. Wine-eyed Jills are pretty high up there though – so prolific! Such great stems. So easy to put in almost any bouquet…
That said, I’m also a huge fan of the dark, fully saturated colours…
Dec 05, 2021
Canadian shipping address? (Oh dear.)
Wish I lived in Canada. Those salmon coloured dahlias are the sweetest I have seen, and would love hunkering down with Connie Thompson’s book this winter. Near the fire or by the bedside. Be a nice sleep aid. Ode to good dreams; and dare I say tender kisses.
Umm. I’d wake up and see something else nice to look at. Could surprise everyone here and turn the pages backwards, and forwards, and backwards again.
I like to guard my feelings about salmon coloured flowers, so don’t none of you share this with nobody.