It is time to pull your tubers out of storage and give them a thorough check. Look for any rot, if the tuber is 3/4 rotten discard. If it is 1/2 rotten you can cut the bad part off as this will sometimes save your tuber. Check for broken necks on your tubers, and if they are weak or broken discard. Also check the top of the tuber for stem rot. This will show up as black rot above the eye of the tuber. You can trim this up and a good idea is to spray this area with lysol. With this all done check your medium that you have your tubers stored in and make sure it is dry. If it is moist put in fresh dry medium. With this all done put your tubers back into storage and check them again Feb 1. Good Luck
Linda O’Connor, a floral designer working with James Harasimowicz on the Barton House, runs a cut flowerfarm in Ransomville called Summertime Blooms. She hopes that when visitors walk into the Barton House they see a “peaceful elegance.”
Her holiday decorating recommendation is to keep holiday decor simple.
She recalled how, this past summer when she marketed her cut flowers at area farmers markets, she would take a single flower, like a sunflower or dinner plate dahlia, and place it in an empty wine bottle. “People would say, ‘oh my gosh, I never thought to do that.”
O’Connor suggests doing the same for the holidays. Take a few empty wine bottles, add a single fresh flower in each and some assorted small candles to illuminate the bottles from the base.
“I like to use blue wine bottle because they really set off the flowers but you could use green bottles for the holidays or clear bottles and put red water in them,” she said.
When asked whether to strip the labels first, she noted: “If it happens to be your favorite wine, you can leave the labels on. I have one from a brewery in Ellicottville called Snowfox. I leave the label on because it has snow flakes and a little white fox on it so it works for the holidays.”
“And it was a good wine, too,” she said with a laugh.
Her biggest recommendation for the holidays is to enjoy them. “I m just thinking people need to sit down and enjoy their family and friends for this holiday instead of trying to do all this stuff.”
Exert from: Designing the Holidays.
Post an example of how you decorate your table for the holiday and help share creativity with our community.
Submissions will be added to our Arrangements Gallery.
The Alberta Dahlia and Gladiolus Society along with CGS; ADS,NAGC and the Montana Dahlia Society can with little doubt claim to have had oldest living member of any active society of gardeners.
Ernie Henderson was 106 at the time of his passing, November 9, 2011.
This picture of Ernie, with his grand champion dahlia Elma Elizabeth, was taken at this year’s (2011) show in Red Deer. Ernie first started showing flowers in the late forties. Gladiolus and dahlias became his particular passion.
Exhibiting was not new to Ernie as he had grown up showing heavy horses. As well as showing horses and flowers he had a brief “run” at showing dogs; in particular, Cocker Spaniels.
He was an accredited judge of gladiolus, dahlias and horses. During her life Fanny, his wife, would often inquire whether the weekend was to be a “horsey one” or a” flower one” as Ernie was frequently off to shows as an exhibitor, judge or both.
Ernie also had the distinction of being the oldest living person to have served with the RCMP. In 2005 wearing his Red Serge Jacket (see photo) Ernie was the parade marshal for the Little Britches Parade here in High River (see photo). In that year both Ernie and Alberta turned 100. As a member of the RCMP Ernie was part of the first Musical Ride. Along with his horse, Pard, he was an extra in the movie “Rose Marie” starring Nelson Eddie and Janette McDonald.
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Pollination: it’s vital to life on Earth, but largely unseen by the human eye. Filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg shows us the intricate world of pollen and pollinators with gorgeous high-speed images from his film “Wings of Life,” inspired by the vanishing of one of nature’s primary pollinators, the honeybee.
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Anyone growing dahlias or glads is eligible to show blooms. There are no stipulations against commercial growers. The society is open to having anyone to show their flowers. We invite everyone from commercial growers to the most novice grower who is experiencing there first ‘grower’ing pains.
If you can grow it, show it!
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