Bursting With Produce

The tomatoes are feeling very exuberant these days. These two are now taller than me, and are sending branches out to try to get unsuspecting passers-by. They're covered in baby tomatoes and flowers, too, so we're totally ready for a massive crop to come in, probably perfectly timed to arrive just as we head out East for vacation next month.

Killer tomato plants from outer space

In other news, the Asian pears are getting nice and heavy. Perhaps, I might suggest, a touch too heavy. These are not supposed to be weeping trees, after all. (Uh, please ignore the incredible mess in the garden right now; let's just say that this has been a very busy couple of weeks and leave it at that.)

Bent Asian pear tree

But this afternoon we tried one of the pears and it was pretty good.

And here's a mystery: I carefully chose varieties of dahlia that would have contrasting and interesting colours and shapes, but for whatever reason, the flowers I get mostly look like this, no matter what tuber I planted:


I can't decide if this is mislabeling on the part of the seller (a very reputable dahlia grower) or unconscious yearning for mildly purplish flowers on my part, or some kind of strange climate thing, like whatever it is that makes all my roses in varying shades of pink all come out exactly the same colour. At any rate, it's kind of irritating.

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posted by ayse on 07/22/07


As to your dahlias, I do not know if this is the same but, with Hydraengas the soil affects what colour you get. Which means pink can turn blue and vice versa depending on whether the soil is more alkaline or acidic. If this is the case you could try modifying your soil to get a different colour.**CV

If there's anything like that with dahlias, it's very subtle. Certainly not on the order of changing colours completely. My neighbor grows all sorts of dahlias with no issues at all.

I don't believe dahlia colors are subject to changes in color depending on soil acidification or composition; they grow very well here in Portland in just about every available color. I have a pot-full of dwarf ones in all different colors, sharing the same soil.

Maybe the light-purple tuber was much more vigorous than the others and is the only one producing? I've heard of iris stands doing that, with one color crowding out all the others. It's a beautiful flower in any case.

Well, I've done a little reading on it and soil and climate conditions may change the intensity of the dahlia's colour. But still. I think they're doing this to make me crazy.

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