This is the first May when the dahlias have not only been in flower, they’ve needed dead-heading. I think the reason they’ve done so well is the new regime for over-wintering introduced by Matt, our gardener. Instead of storing the tubers in trays he decided to pot them up immediately after they had been lifted and to transfer the pots to the cold frames before the end of February. 98% of the tubers survived. What’s more, there was plenty of time to take cuttings, all of which have rooted. There’s been a similar success story with the cannas- the 40 plants which we had last year have been successfully divided to create 129. They are all growing strongly and if we can get some more decent weather we should enjoy our most colourful summer ever- without buying in a single plant.