Hello Everyone! I'm starting this thread on all things Dahlia related because for next Summer, I'm determined to plant a whole flowerbed filled with as many different types of dahlias as possible. I just adore them as cut flowers, particularly in the late Summer and early Fall when it gets darker soooner and brrrrr colder. Their vibrant colours and some of their absurd sizes just delights me. I went through the colour control freak phase and still devote a portion of my garden to that part of me, but each season I'll pick a plant to obsess about... and for 2010, dahlias are gonna do it for me. ;) I've only grown a few kinds so far, but I'm looking for anyone who can share their experiences and recommend varieties that they enjoy. Particularly, looking for suggestions of strong stemmed ones. Cheers!! Oh, seeing how the dahlia is the national flower of Mexico, I should say, Adios!!! PS It's a wonderful day in Vancouver, BC. VERY sunny! I'm harvesting probably the last of the dahlias in my garden. If I'm lucky, I may have them over for a week or so more! PPS I had a yam for lunch today, and mused yet again about eating a dahlia tuber at some point in my life time. They are supposed to be edible. But then again, it would seem like quite a waste to eat them when I can grow them for their gorgeous blooms. You know the whole Getrude Jeykll pastels are so passe!! Give in to your inner child and embrace the vivid colours and assortment of sizes and textures worthy of a role in Gulliver's Travels.