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Dahlias for postage, if you hurry

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My friend Ellen Gehling here in Washington has an excess of dahlia tubers and seeds she has grown in her garden. What a problem to have!

She raises dahlias specifically for bees, so they are the open-centered type that allows bees to reach the pollen. All the dahlias I have raised during the past few years have come from Ellen’s garden, and they have been a hit with bees of all sorts, as well as other pollinators and tree frogs.

If you are interested and willing to pay the postage, Ellen has a stock of both tubers and seeds she is willing to give away. You can contact her by email at ellenmgehling@gmail.com or you can visit her Facebook page.

Spring is hopping, so don’t miss this amazing giveaway.

Rusty
Honey Bee Suite

Bumble bee on dahlia. All photos by Rusty Burlew.
Bumble bee on dahlia. All photos by Rusty Burlew.
Dahlias attract many types of pollinators.
Dahlias attract many types of pollinators.
Leafcutting bee collecting dahlia pollen.
Leafcutting bee collecting dahlia pollen.
My dahlias are always full of tree frogs.
My dahlias are always full of tree frogs.

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17 Comments

  • Please? I am a fairly new beekeeper – 3 hives and would love to plant them in my yard. Can you tell me the name of these dahlias? If you are unable to share I would like to find them and plant them for my bees.

  • Hi Ellen!
    We”re here on Long Island, New York. Will they grow well here? This is my second year with one hive which came through the winter quite well. I’m now looking to plant summer – long flowering plants for them. Let me know how you do the orders. Marie

  • I would love some open faced dahlias if you still have them. Please send the specifics. I’m on the outskirts of Portland with a big yard. Thanks!

  • I am a beginner bee keeper and would love to plant some for my bees and my wife.

  • Would dearly love to have some tubers if there are any to spare!

    And whether they’re all spoken for or not, thanks so much for being so generous!

  • I would like a few dahlias if you still have some left. Any color works for me.

  • HI I live in Gig Harbor and would be happy to pick some up or pay for postage.

    Thank you
    Susan

  • I would love any extra dahlias if you have some left. I realize I may be a little late to the game considering the age of this post.

  • My neighbor has a very large variety outside her fence. I love walking by in the early evening when the bumblebees are orienting themselves to sleep in a flower.