Artist Frances Palmer, famous for her vases and pottery, is also a passionate dahlia gardener. May is a great time to plant dahlia tubers and Palmer gives step-by-step instructions, along with photos of her beautiful dahlia garden in bloom and her beautiful vases.
My cutting garden is adjacent to my studio and this allows me to keep seeing the flowers as I work.
When new pots are finished, I go out and cut dahlias for photography. Every year I try different varieties, but I keep a classic group that gets planted each season. I never cease to be amazed by the perfection, symmetry, and colors of dahlias. They are enormously fun to grow and once you get the hang of it, really quite easy to do.