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Episode Info:  Naomi's Twitter. Naomi's WebsiteNaomi Slade is a freelance journalist with a degree in science and a background in publishing, events and managing rock bands. In this podcast she shares her love of and fascination for the subject of her latest book, Dahlias: Beautiful Varieties for Home and Garden. Things we talk about in this episode:Naomi’s backgroundHer Snowdrop book: Plant lovers guide to snowdrops (Timber Press)Joe Sharman of Monksilver NurseryNaomi’s snowdrop Galanthus 'Naomi Slade'Her Orchard book: An Orchard Odyssey (Green Books)Definition of an orchard: 5 Trees with crown edges not more than 20 metres apartPerennial fruit and foodDahlia as fashion victimDivisive dahliasRich man’s plants1851 ExhibitionChristopher LloydAre they worth the effort?Dahlia geneticsHumans are diploid - 2 sets of chromosomes dahlias are octoploid - 8 sets of chromosomesLoads of transposons which spontaneously change what they look likequick mutations = thousands of cultivarsYellow and orange dahlias often have irridescence Dahlia HistoryAztec ritualsCactus dahliasDahlia requirementsHow to start them offSlugs and frostSlugs hide underneath the tuber and come out at nightPinching outPlanting outFeedingStakingDeadheading Dahliaworld.co.uk has all 60k varieties - the perfect place to geek outNational collection in Penzance OverwinteringNobody likes a soggy bottomFavourite dahlias Restrained dahlias: ponpons and small ballsContainers  Varieties and cultivars we talk about in this episode:D. Hamari GoldD. PeresiiD. David HowardD. Arabian KnightD. Gentle starD. Thomas EddisonD. HootenannyD. EvelineThe gallery series - compact and prettyHappy singles - simple daisy flowers 
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