Chilly Changes

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With six days of bright blue skies and freezing temps behind us and just a couple days ahead before a forecasted thaw, the more tender plants at Coppertop have withered and browned. A week ago, I wandered through the dahlias, pausing to capture the last blooms while remembering our flowery, colorful summer and fall.

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This variety is one I’ve been bringing indoors all through the fall. Its colors seem to proclaim “HARVEST!” and combine well with others in autumnal bouquets.

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What remains of the dahlias today:

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I’ll cut these back, cover main stems with overturned plastic pots, and mulch with straw as well. This way I can leave the tubers in their raised beds through the winter without them getting too soggy and rotting. I learned this tip at one of the Clallam County Master Gardeners’ lectures. What a helpful group of fellow botanophiles!

Meanwhile in the unheated greenhouse, annual and perennial flowers I started last month are relatively protected and snug.

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