The Teddington Gardener

If I must have just one dahlia…

Dahlia Mingus Alex

Dahlia Mingus Alex

Dahlia Mingus Alex

A classic deep dark red Dahlia, Mingus Alex, with strong sturdy stems and growing to a respectable and practical 1m in height. I ordered (I might have said) a few dozen dahlias from Rose Cottage Plants last year, rather forgetting that my own garden is considerably less than the couple of acres I had obviously imagined. Swapping most for a batch of chocolate-orange brownies, I kept this one – it flowers prolifically and is a good cut flower too. If ever I get my allotment, there will be rows (double rows) of dahlias. In the meantime, this one does the job just nicely.

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