I have spent a lot of money in the past with purchases and in most instances I have been disappointed. This is what my 'Jescot Julie' dahlias looked like:
Not quite the same, and yes, I am fussy when it comes to colour.
This is my 'Ambition', not really the rich, dark red/burgundy as advertised:
My cutting garden last year was a complete disaster. I guess I could just blame it on me being a hopeless gardener, but I don't think I'm that bad. I bought a load of gladioli - 45 to be precise. Planted at different intervals to give a long flowering period. I had 5 flowers in total. 5! My disappointment was mind-numbing. I wanted vases full of them in the house, like this one:
I had very few vases of flowers in the house, come to think of it. This little posy was the first lot of flowers I collected from my cutting patch. I didn't really get any better.
This year I am going to think a bit more about what and how I grow flowers AND I'm determined to get my allotment sorted again. The good news is that I have a helper - YAY! We have got a mammoth task on our hands, but big plans!