About 5 years ago I visited a friend's home in Ottawa and saw a Vesseys' magazine on their coffee table. I asked if I could have a look, she said I could have that one. Much to my delight, I immediately ordered several items but I especially liked the dinnerplate Dahlias. I had to hide the box when I got it delivered in the mail, cause my husband says I spend far too much on plants for my garden.
I followed the instructions as given and watched to see what would happen. When the leaves started shooting up, the rabbits started nibbling on them, so I covered them with empty plastic plant containers. As soon as they were strong enough I allowed them to get the sun and covered them at nights. As I excitedly waited for my plants to grow, I had to live with the words of "you have too many plants in the garden"
BUT.....when my plants started blooming, I did not care what was said, I just nurtured them and spoke to them, played music for them, and lo and behold, my plants opened and smiled at me and my family and neighbours, who curiously asked "where did you get the gorgeous flowers" My husband even started accepting compliments for them. I am now the envy of my neighbourhood as I have the best garden on our street.
I cut them and send them to sick friends, people ask for them for weddings, I make arrangements for friends at work, who beam with delight for the beautiful arrangements on their desks. But most of all, just seeing them in my garden make my eyes dance.
That's my story...