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New dahlia collections for 2018

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Dahlia Blackberry Swirl Collection. Picture; Woolmans
Dahlia Blackberry Swirl Collection. Picture; Woolmans

Trio of tubers from Woolmans

Dahlias are back in fashion big time, no longer the preserve of the exhibitor or flower arranger – ordinary gardeners are rediscovering just how good these exotic blooms look in border and pots.

One of the great things about dahlias is the vast variety and shapes and colours available – is there any other flower that can give so much oomph to your garden for so little?

Now, Woolmans has announced three new and exclusive dahlia collections for 2018, all chosen and selected from trials on its own East Anglian trials field.

Famous for growing chrysanthemums for more than a century, Woolmans is also a leading supplier of dahlias.

Woolmans Tom Stimpson said: “Our dahlia sales over the last couple of years have been very encouraging and we’ve seen particular interest in our collections – sales for these are up by 10 per cent so far this season and are expected to rise further after Christmas.

“One of the main reasons we grow and trial so many varieties is so the best colours and forms can be carefully chosen to work harmoniously together – enabling us to offer our customers combinations they’ll be pleased with and enjoy.”

The Blackberry Swirl Collection features one tuber each of Black Touch, Diana’s Memory and Linda’s Baby, The Bountiful Collection has one tuber each of Gryson’s Yellow Spider, Macalister’s Pride and Motto and The Happy Collection includes varieties Happy Single Flame, Happy Single Kiss and Happy Single Party.

All cost £9.95 (plus postage and packing) and will be despatched from late March.

To order a catalogue, go online at www.woolmans.com, telephone 0845 658 9137 or write to Woolmans, Gazeley Road, Kentford, Suffolk CB8 7QB.

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Mandy Watson is a freelance journalist and an incurable plantaholic. MandyCanUDigIt grew from the tiny seed of a Twitter account into the rainforest of information you see before you. Gardening columnist for the Sunderland Echo, Shields Gazette and Hartlepool Mail and editor of the Teesdale Mercury Magazine. Attracted by anything rebellious, exotic and nerdy, even after all these years. Passionate about northern England and gardens everywhere. Falls over a lot.

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