We usually devote one large bed on our plot to dahlias. After many years of keeping tubers over winter either in the ground or digging them up and storing, we decided that we would just grow dahlias from seed each year. We don't grow special varieties, we just really want some cut flowers for the house and so trying to overwinter tubers is just too much hassle. Growing from seed we can have a change of colours and flower style each year - this year we're trying pompoms. Like everything else the plants are behind but many now have developed flower buds - some of which are beginning to open. Growing from seed we have the extra anticipation of finding out what colours we end up with.
Instead of filling the bed with dahlias we decided to sow some insect friendly seeds at one end of the bed. We bought two packets of mixed seed ...... and added to this some addditional annual seeds such as calendula, nasturtium and cosmos. I think next year we will try single dahlias too as I think the insects will like them better
We could have done to have sown the seed a bit more thinly as so far this is how it looks.
We also planted so sweet peas - a free packet of seed and some sunflowers.
Lots of the plants haven't flowered yet so we should end up with more colour! So far we have ...
Coincidentally there is lots of phaecelia in the mix which Martyn grew earlier as a green manure.
I'm hoping lots of these flowers will seed themselves and produce an even better display next year - I do hope the bees enjoy them.