I hope your first week of September went well, especially if you were getting back into the groove of the school run!
I came back from the allotment the other week with this haul of fiery dahlias. I make no apology for the countless dahlia snaps – they are truly majestic, there is no other bloom like them. Next year I will also grow some paler, blush coloured blooms, including the elusive Café au Lait dahlia, to act as a calm backdrop for these other more intense shades. My top tip for growing dahlias has to be – and I’m afraid it’s not glamorous! – the addition of well rotted horse manure to the soil. Yes, horse manure! But, I really think that’s what propelled my blooms this year to super star status, and I shall be doing the same this winter. In fact I did it quite late this year, I forked it in towards the end of the spring. It must be well rotted though, to avoid burning your plants.
I am heading off to London early tomorrow morning, to take part in my panel about social media tomorrow at Paperfest. I must confess, I’m feeling pretty calm about it right now, but I’m sure I will be more nervous in the morning!
If you haven’t already done so, I would be so very grateful if you could please vote for this blog, which is up for an Interior Blog Award. The deadline is next Friday, and I’m up against 70 odd other blogs, so I fear my chances are very slim of making it through to the shortlist. It would be amazing to make it through to the final though, every vote counts, and it only takes a minute. You can vote for me here, thank you so much.
I’m excited because the first of my big projects that I have been working on recently, goes to print. I will of course share it with you here as soon as it’s out!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks!