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your garden: Ancient treasure; Dahlias date back to Aztecs.

Byline: Bill Chudziak

September is prime season for dahlias - which date back thousands of years to the time of the Aztecs.

The Bishop of Llandaff hybrid shows an amazing likeness to those grown by the South American civilisation and if you grow one dahlia in your

garden, this is it.

With its dark foliage and large, single scarlet blooms, it tops out at 3-4ft in manured soil in full sun.

Dahlia Bishop of Llandaff need protected in winter.

Lift the tubers after the first frost then overwinter them in barely damp peat or compost.

Dust the tubers with sulphur then store them somewhere frost-free.


Grass plants' roots are more vulnerable over winter, so apply an autumn lawn feed such as Evergreen Autumn Lawn Food in September.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 9, 2007
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