Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Deer damage Lynch Creek Farm statice supply

Rows of statice alternate with dahlias and
sunflowers in the Lynch Creek booth
a few years back.
The dahlia bouquets in the Lynch Creek Farm booth at the Olympia Farmers' Market were gorgeous at the end of July, and the sunshine of a warm summer made it possible for Andy and the crew at the Farm to have an abundance of cut dahlias for sale earlier than usual.

But something wasn't quite the same. The dahlia bouquets were missing their usual complement of statice, those sprays of crinkly flowers in lavender, pink and white that set off the dahlia colors so nicely. What was up with that?

Black-tailed deer don't like dahlias, but
apparently savor statice.
Deer, Andy explained with chagrin. The enterprising little ungulates managed to get into the fenced area where the statice and some of the other flowers that complement the dahlias are grown. "The deer ate the statice," Andy said. "We'll have to do some fence-mending."

Fortunately, deer don't like dahlias, and they aren't bothering the fields full of gorgeous dahlias just coming into full flower at Lynch Creek Farm. We hope they don't change their mind about that.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lynch Creek's at the market with dahlia bouquets!

Look for beautiful bouquets of cut dahlias at the
Olympia Farmers' Market.
Lynch Creek Farm is back at the Olympia Farmers' Market, this time with a stunning array of cut dahlias from the farm.  You'll find dahlias in vibrant colors: lots of luscious deep purples, brilliant yellows and oranges, and soft, delicious pastels.

Forms range from compact spheres of ball and pom pon dahlias to the shaggy swirls of informal decorative and cactus dahlias to elegant singles like peony and collarette dahlias. And sizes range button-sized pom pons to dinner-plate dahlias ten inches or more across.

Buckets of dahlias await transport
to the market.
You can buy gorgeous ready-made bouquets at the market, or have a special bouquet of any size custom-made from your choice of blooms. There are some hot-colored zinnias to complement the dahlias, and you'll also see some new dahlia varieties that weren't available for sale this season. (Market tip: ask the names of your new favorites and watch the catalog of dahlia tubers for 2014!)

Whatever your preferences, you'll find gorgeous dahlias at the Farm's booth in the market.

And if there's a wedding in your family this summer, you'll be able to choose the types and colors you'd like for your wedding bouquets and decorations; you can order flowers while you're market-shopping. What could be more convenient?

Friday, May 24, 2013

Time's Short for Dahlia Tubers at Market

Andy shows off a favorite variety.
 Memorial Day Weekend and May 30 to June 2 will likely be the last chance to get Lynch Creek Farm's great dahlia tubers at the Olympia Farmers Market.

It's still a good time to plant dahlias in the northern parts of the country, but the window for planting is getting close to closing for the season. Nevertheless, the booth at the market still offers a great selection of dahlia tubers, and Nathanael or Evé or whoever is on duty at the market will offer great tips for making sure your dahlias will be successful once they're planted.

Nathanael fills a customer's
While you're at the Olympia Farmers Market, you can look for the season's early produce, herb and veggie starts, fruit trees and berry plants, cut flowers, artisan cheeses, baked goods, fresh and cured meats, seafood, fruit, and a host of handcrafted items from turned wooden bowls to delicate jewelry. It's asparagus time, and if you're really lucky, there might be morel mushrooms, another seasonal delicacy.

But the prime place to head for, of course, is Lynch Creek Farm's booth, with dahlias from tiny pom pon dahlias to dinner-plate dahlia show-stoppers. And once the dahlia tubers are gone, it won't be long before the farm gang is back at the market with stunning flowers. Maybe even before the dahlias start. Stay tuned.

Saturday, May 11, 2013

What's in a Dahlia Name? A Lot of Imagination!

Chimacum Katie
A dahlia by any other name...

Polyventon Supreme, Hugs 'n Kisses, Danjo Doc, Barbarry Red BaronCamano Ariel: What's dahlia-like about those names? Not much. The names are almost as weird and widely varied as the names of racehorses. But think about it: The American Dahlia Society currently recognizes more than 2,750 varieties; with hundreds of new varieties entering the scene each year, naming is a challenge.
Hissy Fitz

Some hybridizers still attempt to make the names descriptive of some aspect of the variety, like Lavender Ruffles; some individualize them by incorporating a line identifier, hybridizer name or location in the moniker, like David and Leone Smith's Chimacum Katie.

Of the yellow dahlias grown at Lynch Creek Farm, for instance, several have descriptive names. Baby Yellow is a single yellow miniature; Golden Star and Golden Egg give a sense of the color and shape of a slender-petaled orchid type and a rounded waterlily type.

Blackberry Ice
Sunflare has distinctive pointy petals in sunshine yellow, and Midnight Sun is rounded and slightly peachy like an Alaska sunset. Yellow Bird is a collarette with feathery petaloids surrounding the center disc. But Honka? Hissy Fitz?

A surprising number of food names for dahlias suggest a sense of the color and, sometimes, the shape of the flower: Ginger Snap is a golden, flattish waterlily dahlia; A La Mode and Peaches-N-Cream have creamy-white tips, while Peaches is simply peachy. Lollipop is round and orange and sweet; Citron de Cap is pale lemony in color and big and deep as a small citron melon.

Falcon's Future
Blackberry Ice is the color of blackberry ice cream; it reminds one of the color of the plate when your blackberry pie comes a la mode.

Mrs. Black is anything but black. You'll never see a falcon the flamboyant yellow, coral and cerise of Falcon's Future. Or, probably, a banker as pink and pretty-petaled as Barbarry Banker.  You might expect Pucker Up to be lipstick-red—but no, it's yellow. Lemon yellow. Puckery lemon yellow.

Oh, those crazy names of dahlias. What's your favorite?

Friday, May 3, 2013

Newsfeed: The Dahlias Are Planted at Lynch Creek

Rows in the Farm's field are set to receive the dahlia tubers.
The dahlias of 2013 are planted at Lynch Creek Farm.

All the lovely, fat dahlia tubers that will produce a riot of blooms in late summer have been snuggled into the loamy soil at Lynch Creek Farm between Shelton and Olympia near Oyster Bay.

It's no small thing, planting dahlias, when it's whole fields full of them. The site is cleared of any plant debris from the previous season. Trenches are dug and the soil enriched with compost.

The field that has heavy, clayish soil is reinforced with sand to increase its drainage capacity; dahlias don't like having wet feet, which can cause the dahlia bulbs or, more correctly, dahlia tubers to develop rot.

Tubers are set carefully into the ground, eyes-up.
The other growing area is sandy, so the addition of peat moss and plenty of rich organic material helps to build up the soil. The difference between them points up the fact that with a little help, almost any soil can be amended to grow dahlias.

After the soil is ready, the tubers are placed eye-up in the ground two to three feet apart, depending on the ultimate size of the plant. Yes, dahlia tubers have eyes, like that popular edible tuber, the potato. The eye is ultimately the sprout (unlike potatoes, dahlia tubers tend to have a single eye) that will grow from a cluster of emerging shoots into the plant that produces the beautiful dahlias we all love.

Planted tubers are covered with about six inches of soil.
The gang at the Farm will keep the rows in the planted field well-weeded so that the opportunistic weeds don't rob the emerging dahlia plants of nutrients.

Right now, a spate of fine spring weather is warming the soil to give the dahlias of the 2013 season a great start. Before we know it, the dahlias will be up and growing.

Until those first green shoots appear and start growing, it's a waiting game.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Best Half-Price Dahlias: Last Set of the Season!

Planting's just concluded at the Farm.

It's dahlia planting time everywhere.

If you haven't ordered your dahlia tubers for the summer of 2013, now's the time to choose from the specially priced, specially chosen pick-of-the-week bargain dahlia tubers featured at Lynch Creek Farm. These are top quality tubers from varieties that the Farm has in abundance this year: some that just produced phenomenally well last year and other dahlias that are plentiful because Lynch Creek grows extras for cutting for wholesale and the Olympia Farmers Market.  They include:

Lollipop, with sought-after soft orange-red coloring in a three-inch formal decorative bloom. Lollipop is a great producer on a bushy three-and-a-half-foot plant that provides a burst of fall color for garden borders. Like most of the varieties the farm offers, this is an easy dahlia to grow, and with small compact blooms, it's good for windy areas.

Tempest, a formal decorative 
dahlia with four- to six-inch blooms. It combines intense hues of coral, orange and red. Although its stems aren't long, it's a prolific bloomer and a great dahlia for cutting. Plants are four feet high. Who could resist this splash of color in the garden? 

Gingeroo, a luscious bronze-orange formal decorative dahlia in the miniature category. Its compact blooms are approximately three inches across. Neat in appearance and exuberant in growth and bloom habit, Gingeroo thrives in summer conditions and is a showy exhibition flower, stunning in the garden border. Plants are four feet tall.

Alfred C
Alfred C, a quintessential dinnerplate dahlia. As big and bold as Gingeroo is small and tidy, this semi-cactus type dahlia features blossoms ten inches or more across in a similar blend of orange and yellow. As with many of the larger dahlias, it blooms late in the summer and into the fall on five-foot plants.

Keith H., a five-inch informal decorative that looks like a waterlily dahlia. Shades of orange, yellow, bronze and gold blend in this pretty dahlia that shines in the flower bed and in arrangements. It grows on a four-foot plant.

Amorous, a great variegated cut flower with strong stems on vigorous five-foot plants. A formal decorative type about three inches across, these compact blossoms feature burgundy-colored splatters on apricot. It is stunning in summer and fall bouquets and a great favorite at the Farm.

Just Peachy
Just Peachy, a fine cut flower in a luscious peach and yellow blend. Big deep blooms are up to six inches across with semi-cactus form and great stems on a five-foot plant. It's amazing for the garden and for showing as well.

Pucker Up
Pucker Up, a semi-cactus in bright (not surprisingly) lemon yellow.  Terrific in arrangements or as a display variety, Pucker Up has unique dark foliage on a four-foot plant. Blooms are about five inches across.

James Albin
James Albin, a standby for dependable form and color. Its six- to eight-inch blooms are striking on a four-and-a-half-foot plant, and good for cutting. This formal decorative variety has a long blooming season.

Polyventon Supreme
Polyventon Supreme, a soft yellow ball dahlia that's a long-time favorite at the Farm. Five-foot plants yield lots of five-inch blooms on long, strong stems that make it an excellent cut flower in a go-with-everything color.

Sakwa, a simply marvelous cut flower. Intense pink with hints of white at the base of the pretty laciniated petaloids, Sakwa blooms boldly and has great stems for cutting; it's the ideal dahlia for use at weddings. Flowers are six to eight inches across on four-foot plants. 

Shilo Jazzman, a superb cut flower. Six-inch informal decorative blossoms on long, strong stems are white with a velvety, creamy yellow at the base of the petioles. This is another one that's great for flower arranging. Plants are five feet tall. 

Cornel, another Farm mainstay. This deep red ball dahlia with four- to five-inch blooms on long stems is great for cutting and adds new color to the garden late in the season.

Ken's Choice
Ken's Choice, a Cream of the Crop winner. Deep, dark red color and a desirable mid-size ball form make these four-inch blooms great as cut flowers for show or bouquets and showy in the garden as well. Ken's Choice produces abundant flowers on a four-foot plant. 

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Planning a Summer Wedding? Think Dahlias!

Dahlia bouquets are perfect for weddings.
If you are thinking about a summer wedding, think dahlias.

Few flowers make as bold and beautiful a statement as dahlias, or come in as wide a range of colors. From bright and bold to pale and pastel, there are dahlias for you. They show up in every hue but blue, and they blend with other flowers beautifully in bouquets, nosegays, formal arrangements and informal bunches. They even make great wedding cake toppers.

The dahlia "Just Married" tops a wedding cake.
Dahlias are comparatively inexpensive and abundant, but they don't look like you're cutting corners. Their luscious colors and wide variety of sizes and forms lend themselves to formal, informal and casual settings.

In much of the southern part of the country, dahlias are just about to bloom and will extend through the summer. In the northern areas, they begin blooming in mid- to late July and continue through the first frost. In August, a prime month for weddings, they're in full production.

Dahlias show off at outdoor weddings.
In fact, it's not too late to buy dahlia tubers (they're on sale now!) and plant them for a garden wedding in August or early September, when the weather's at its most stable.

Colleen at Lynch Creek Floral loves dahlias as wedding flowers. She creates great hand bouquets for the bride and/or attendants, uses pom pons for bouttonnieres, creates sweeping side arrangements with them, and tucks them into garland and floral arches. Dahlias are especially stunning outdoors, where their high water content and unique cell structure pick up sunlight so that they positively glow.
Visit the Farm for choices.

If you live in the South Puget Sound area, you can arrange for wedding dahlias at Lynch Creek Farm. Contact the Lynch Creek Farm crew through the e-mail connection on the Web site or by phone at 1-888-426-0781 toll-free or 1-360-427-8145 from the local area (Olympia, Tumwater, Lacey, Shelton). You'll be welcome to visit the farm, look at the fields of gorgeous dahlias, choose and order the varieties you want for your special day.

Whether you're a do-it-yourself enthusiast or have already selected a florist to provide your flowers, you'll be delighted with dahlias for your wedding.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Lynch Creek, Olympia Farmers Market are BUSY!

Customer Linda Shrum shows off her selection of new dahlia tubers.
It's the ideal time for planting dahlias in the South Puget Sound area of Western Washington, and the Lynch Creek Farm booth at the Olympia Farmers' Market is selling dahlia tubers hand over fist as gardeners prepare for the new dahlia season.

The market's a colorful kaleidoscope of fresh flowers,
tender new plant starts, produce, meats, fish, dairy products, baked goods and fresh eggs. You can enjoy Indian, Chinese, or Bavarian cuisine or local seafood specialties at tables under cover while you listen to live music. Browse for seeds and salsas, artisan jewelry and lathe-turned wood items, handmade soaps and handmade papers, fruit trees, perennials and, of course, top-quality dahlia tubers.

Cut dahlias are spectacular in late summer at the market.
The crew from the Farm will offer dahlia tubers at the market through late May. You'll find colors from lemon yellow through the warm tones of bronze, apricot, peach, pink and red all the way to purple and lavender, with forms from petite pom pons to dinner plates. Whoever's manning the booth will also provide helpful growing information; just ask.

After a break for tending the growing dahlia plants, Lynch Creek will be back at the end of July when the first cut flowers are ready from the dahlia fields. From then until frost, you'll find luscious colorful dahlia bouquets and an assortment of other flowers (statice, zinnias, and golden sunflowers) in ready-made bouquets or by the stem so you can create your own combinations.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Lynch Creek Picks: Gorgeous Bargain Dahlias

Each week from early spring until planting season, the gang at Lynch Creek Farm picks a few favorite dahlias that produced tubers a-plenty last fall to feature. This week's picks offer a palette ranging from intense color to luscious pastels. And because the Lynch Creek Farm staffers are such great folks, they knock down the prices to make these beautiful dahlia varieties even more 

Cornel is a mainstay at the Farm, a deep red ball dahlia with superior petal structure that provides a focal point for late summer and autumn bouquets. Four-foot plants produce long-lasting four- to five-inch blooms on amazingly long, strong stems. Cornel blooms comparatively late in the season, but the Lynch Creek crew calls it well worth the wait.

Coralee is the perfect flower for summer bouquets or weddings. A light blend of lavender and cream with overtones of pink, its formal decorative blooms are four to six inches across. The crew at the Farm calls Coralee a great all-around dahlia, good as a cut flower and garden flower as well, in a very desirable color. It grows on a 3.5-foot plant with plenty of blooms.

Ginger Snap
Ginger Snap pleases growers with abundant flowers on a leggy four-foot plant. Four- to five-inch waterlily-shaped blooms are blended butter-yellow and gold hues like late-summer sunshine. Abundant lateral growth on the plants provides dozens of blooms all season. Ginger Snap is equally useful as a garden feature or a cut-flower plant.

James Albin
James Albin bears quantities of large, bold, true yellow dahlias of the formal decorative type. Blossoms are six to eight inches across, striking in the garden at 4.5 feet, and good for cutting as well. Wind and rain can damage this one late in its long blooming season, but it's a true standby for dependable form and color.

Tempest has intense tones of coral, orange and red in a formal decorative dahlia with blooms four to almost six inches across. While its stems aren't long, it's still a great cut flower and its color makes it a brilliant addition to the garden border. Plants grow to four feet and bear lots of blooms.

Maarn combines incredible color with long, strong stems, making it a must-have for cut-flower use and a stunner in the garden. Andy calls it "easily the best orange" at the Farm; its soft color makes it super in mixed bouquets. Another formal decorative dahlia with a deep round shape, it's about five inches across. Plants grow to four and a half feet.

Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun shines bright in the garden. Showy bright yellow formal decorative dahlias show peachy overtones accented by dark foliage. An exhibitor's dream, this is an incredible garden dahlia. Blossoms are four to six inches across; plants grow to three and a half feet. Fully mature blooms sometimes appear darker in the center.

Kasasagi produces "tons" of two-inch flowers each season on a three-foot bush. An attractive pom pon dahlia, it combines red and yellow in a neat round bloom and is always popular for cutting. Its color makes it a desirable border plant as well; it's no wonder Lynch Creek has a hard time keeping it in stock.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

In Loving Memory of Len Hunter

Len Hunter
Things are slowly returning to normal at Lynch Creek Farm, but with a difference.

The Farm, quite literally, has lost its founding father.

Leonard Hunter—the forester who worked weekends growing vegetables with his kids and taking them to market, who saw the kids off to college, and who was there to be supportive when one of them came back to grow the little family business to a nationwide supplier of decorative evergreens for the holidays and dahlia tubers for summer gardens—died in Shelton April 10 after an extended illness.

Len, Andy, Rob and Jim harvest potatoes
in the early days of  Lynch Creek Farm.
Len grew up in upstate New York, and came to Shelton to work in timber sales for the Olympic National Forest. He met and married local girl Colleen Shrum. As their three sons, Rob, Jim, and Andy grew, the Hunters decided to start a market garden to keep their boys busy. They sold their abundant produce at local farmers' markets, first Shelton, then Olympia. The Lynch Creek Farm operation morphed over the years as Andy and his brothers grew up, adding a significant floral component and, at the end of the season, Christmas wreaths

As the wreath business began to grow and Len retired from the U.S. Forest Service, he involved some of his friends making wreaths, and a mail-order business began. Len made daily treks, often multiple daily treks, to the post office to mail wreaths and swags. Soon Lynch Creek Farm went online with its wreaths, centerpieces and other seasonal evergreen decorations. And Len the forester couldn't have been prouder as it grew, even when it took over his workshop, his storage buildings and his entire backyard. For a few seasons, he even signed on as cook, turning out hearty midday meals for the Lynch Creek Farm management team. Pot roast, spaghetti, pork tenderloin: Len drew on experience he'd racked up years before in the Forest Service.

Len did mail duty at Lynch Creek Farm and served for years as the messenger who brought in the muffins and pastries from the European bakery in Olympia each morning to Colleen's Lynch Creek Floral, by now a mainstay among downtown Shelton businesses.

Len loved historic logging photos, too.
In New York, Len acquired an appreciation of antiques, and in early retirement, he delighted in acquiring and restoring antique furniture, specializing in golden oak. His love of antiques included an abiding interest in antique tools, and not surprisingly, he specialized in hand tools from the early days of forestry and logging. He was generous in displaying his logging memorabilia and explaining the uses of the old tools to onlookers. Long a member of the Pacific Northwest Tool Collectors Club, he was quick to take off on the trail of an interesting misery-whip handle or an ax blade for his collection. 

Circulatory disease and Alzheimer's increasingly impaired Len's ability to maintain his activities during the past year. He was a patient for the last weeks of his life at Alpine Way Retirement Apartments in Shelton, where his family appreciated the excellent nursing care he received.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, April 22, at Faith Lutheran Church, at 1212 Connection Street (off North 13th) in Shelton. Len was a strong supporter of community efforts and the family has suggested contributions in his memory go to the Mason County Historical Society, the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce flower-basket project, or the Mason General Hospital Foundation.

His signature booming voice will be missed at Lynch Creek Farm. Someone else will bring in the mail and run the errands, and the business will continue to thrive and grow, but it won't be quite the same. Len Hunter was a bit of a local legend, and he'll be missed. 

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Planting Your First Dahlias: Three EASY Steps

Beautiful dahlias like these are easy to grow.
1. Choosing Your Site

Dahlias are great for beginning gardeners. It's easy to grow beautiful dahlias with no experience.

With dahlias, it's location, location, location. Dahlias grow most happily in full sun, although they'll tolerate partial shade. Large-flowered varieties need protection from wind, so try to plant your dahlias where there's a windbreak if your area is windy.

To grow successfully, dahlias need a site with fertile, well-drained soil. Because their main root structures are tubers, they are susceptible to rot when the roots are in soil that retains too much water. If your soil is heavy or clay-ish, don't despair; you can probably amend it with a little shovel work.

Andy and the gang prepare trenches for dahlias.
Dahlia plant size varies according to bloom size; dahlias with giant and medium-sized blooms should be planted about three feet apart (or three feet from other plants in a mixed bed), while small, miniature and pompon dahlias can be planted two feet apart.

2. Preparing the Soil

If your soil is heavy or clayish, spade in sand and peat, composted wood shavings, or other high-fiber material. If your soil is sandy and lacks fertility, add mushroom compost, composted chicken or steer manure, worm castings, or well-finished compost from your compost pile.

Two to three feet apart and eye up!
Dig holes or trenches a foot deep. Line with good soil (see above) to support your dahlias' fast growth habits. If you wish, you can add commercial fertilizers with a 5-10-10 or 10-20-20 makeup, although many growers recommend sticking to organic garden practices with dahlias. Depending on the size of the plant, you'll be planting your tubers between 4" and 6" deep.

3. Planting Your Dahlia Tubers

Plant dahlia tubers after the danger of frost is past. In most areas that's between April and mid-June. Locate the "eye" on each tuber (it will look like the eye on a potato, and may even have begun to sprout a bit.) Place the tubers in the soil horizontally, with the eyes facing upwards.

Before you cover each tuber, pound a stake in next to it to mark the place and to support it as it grows. (Don't wait until the tubers are covered or you may damage the tuber by pounding the stake through it.)

Weeding protects young dahlias.
Dahlias are shallow feeders with many roots near the surface of the ground, so it's necessary to keep the row or flower bed weed free to avoid stunting the growing dahlia plant. (After the plants near full size, they will shade out any competing weeds and you can be a little less vigilant about weeds.) It's best to pull the weeds or use a very shallow hoe or cultivator to avoid interfering with your dahlias' root systems.

Protect your emerging dahlias from pests like snails, slugs and earwigs, too. You can bait slugs with beer wells or organic or chemical baits, go after them with stabbers or ammonia spray (salt is effective but not good for your garden), or try to use barriers like heavy layers of eggshells or copper strips. Organic soaps and neem are sometimes effective against insect damage.

Water very sparingly until the dahlias begin to bloom.

It's hard to wait, but before you know it your dahlias will reward you with beautiful blossoms.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Dahlia Lovers, Learn about Bargain Opportunities

Save on Dahlia Tubers with Lynch Creek's Weekly Features

You can save money this season and have beautiful garden flowers by late July when you shop the featured dahlia varieties listed each week at Lynch Creek Farm. 

Just Peachy is beautiful in the garden and a perfect
size and form for flower arrangements.
Each week the gang at the farm picks a handful of favorite dahlias that produced amazing numbers of tubers in last year's ideal growing conditions. That abundance in the dahlia field means great bargain opportunities for growers who want to start or add to a dahlia garden. These dahlias represent an abundance of gorgeous forms, colors and sizes. 

Among the current features is Just Peachy, a semi-cactus type with good, strong stems and a nice growing habit. Its nice five-inch size — big enough to be visible, small enough to be manageable — makes it ideal for flower arranging.

Savings on the week's picks are up to 50 percent per tuber, and at Lynch Creek Farm, you are assured of high-quality, healthy dahlia tubers. You can sign up for e-mail notification of these and other bargains on the home page of Lynch Creek Farm's Web site.

Save on Overstock Tubers on Lynch Creek's Web Site

Evé Munguia gets ready to divide the tubers of
healthy growing stock.
You can shop from the whole range of overstock dahlia tubers by going directly to the overstock list of dahlia tubers on the Farm's dahlia Web site. These are the same high quality tubers you'll find in the general catalog and in the Lynch Creek Farm booth at the Olympia Farmers Market. 

Overstock tubers are simply those tubers that the Farm has in abundance. Some are attributed to plants that just did amazingly well during the previous growing season. Others are the result of a larger stock of plants in the field for the flower market: those dahlias with good keeping quality, strong stems and abundant blooms. 

Lynch Creek Farm grows dahlia flowers for its Olympia Farmers Market stall,  for Lynch Creek Floral in Shelton,  for Whole Foods and for weddings.  Each plant makes numerous tubers during its growing season, so when the season's over and the tubers are dug for storage, there are more tubers available for the coming season.

Take Simple Steps for Chances at Free Dahlias!

Dahlia fields at Lynch Creek Farm.
It's not hard to be in line for chances at certificates for free dahlias. Just "like" Lynch Creek Dahlias on Facebook to be in line for a free dahlia gift certificate. Awards are made monthly; there are certificates for up to $50 available. (And don't worry; if you've already "liked" Lynch Creek Dahlias, you're already in the running for free dahlia tubers.) 

Those who "like" the Farm on Facebook are also in line for future prizes as well. Drawings for this season's dahlia contest begin June 1 and will take place for four months.

Want to increase your chances for a win? Double the odds by going to the right-hand side of this blog and becoming a "follower." You'll be entered again, and you'll have the added advantage receiving the blog regularly so you can stay tuned to the progress of the farm's beautiful cycle of planting and harvesting, with great tips for growing beautiful healthy dahlias and the opportunity to share your own comments and successes.