Introducing my local dahlia grower... April 15 2014

 

Introducing my local dahlia grower; Neville Mercer aka 'Neville Dahlias'. Apparently dahlias weren't fashionable when he started growing them ( there are now 4800 different varieties..) so I asked Neville why he chose to grow dahlias and he said 'really they grew on me'. 

Neville has gained 50 prizes in 5 years, 'cleaning up' at the local shows and now the self confessed dahlia 'freak' has 100 different varieties of dahlias growing around his house. He also grows the best white gladioli I have ever seen.

Neville Dahlias was a jewelry wholesaler by trade... 

It's florist heaven to hand pick your own flowers. Every time I go to Neville's there is something even more beautiful to see. The good thing about dahlias for a florist is that they can be pretty sweet or crazy vibrant, therefore there is a dahlia for almost every occasion.

With names like Gemma Darling and Nuit d éte, what is there not to like?

With names like Gemma Darling and Nuit d éte, what is there not to like?

Alas the dahlia season has finished in Dunedin; mid January until mid April. I have used dahlias a lot in this summers weddings & events with the peachy and dark plum colors the most coveted by brides. 

 

Special thanks to Neville Mercer.