TIME, patience and mollycoddling are Bruce Millard’s tips for growing beautiful dahlias.
The Hamilton gardener’s skills will be put to the test in this weekend’s Portland Dahlia and Rose Festival.
Two years ago Mr Millard took out first place and last year he came second in the show, which is the largest of its type in Australia.
Mr Millard spent yesterday selecting the best flowers from his plants to take to the show, hoping to bring home another first place.
“The judges look at the form of the flower – it has got to have an even symmetrical shape and the petals have to fall back a certain distance,” he said.
“On some flowers they have to wrap all the way back, but not on others.
“They look for a good solid stem too and the flower has to face the judges, not point up.
“There are a lot of different things they look for and it varies for each type of flower.”
Full story in the Spectator on Saturday, March 8, 2014