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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2009
7:33 PM

Post #6919424

Well it seems that giant lilies are not my only forte lol, look at this 6' dahlia. Think it will be yellow.

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2009
7:34 PM

Post #6919430

Here I am being overtaken!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2009
7:38 PM

Post #6919447

And I have seen big tomato plants, but this one is just one plant in the mid of my sun garden and it actually has 32 tomatoes on it and they are a good size. This is just one Steve picked up at Lowes, all of the others are dying at the bottom although they have maters on them, but I have never heard of one plant with such a huge crop. The tomatoes aren't small in size either and the plant is as healthy as any I have seen.

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 9, 2009
9:22 PM

Post #6927292

Hi Candee, your dahlia is a giant!! I haven't seen such a tall one and growing in a pot? Can't wait to see if it's yellow! might be white? lol.
Wow, what a tomato plant!! you must have run out of miracle by now surely????? LOL!
so many tomatoes on one plant, it's a fantastic crop!

There are 3 sunflowers in my patch that might be giants!!! the bamboo canes are 8ft tall.


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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
12:49 PM

Post #6929544

Guess that would be #13 lol, love your ragdoll in there. Does she help?
These are record heights and all those maters? I guess this must be some fertile MD soil! The pot that holds that dahlia is only a 1gal container? Am sure it will be well rooted when it is time to pull them. Still can't tell the color, but won't be long!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 10, 2009
2:01 PM

Post #6929749


Pippi tries to help but mostly she's climbing the sunfllowers and making a camp!

I wonder if the Dahlia flowers will be smaller than usual putting all their energy into growing tall?
The tomatoes were not small you said, will you make soup or sauces with them?


haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
2:43 PM

Post #6929867

Steve did a count and there are actually 34 tomatoes ripening on that one vine. Apparently there is a woman in Frederick who was in the paper yesterday with 30 tomatoes on one vine. So, I contacted our local paper and news with my 34 mater harvest and my 6' dahlia?
Guess I'll be famous any minute lol!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
2:46 PM

Post #6929882

We freeze the tomatoes and use in sauces later. We use a lot of tomato based recipes and really go through a lot of them in a season. Tonight we will just enjoy some BLT's with some of my homemade tater salad from the garden potatoes.

I'll know about the size of the dahlias soon as they are ready to open. We are going down to the eastern shore on Thursday so hope they open before then.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 10, 2009
3:08 PM

Post #6929993


Ohh how exciting! you might be in the local paper, be sure to save the artical to show us!
Do you know what variety the tomato plant is?
I've never grown enough toms to freeze, fingers crossed I will have lots this year! Do you freeze the whole tomato or chop it up?

Hope your dahlia opens before you go to the seaside!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 10, 2009
5:24 PM

Post #6930547

If I get in the news, it will be on the bulletin board at the cafe!!
I don't know the variety. We peel ours and then quarter and then put in freezer bags. We do cook them down a bit then before adding anything else after they come out of the freezer.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

August 11, 2009
3:29 PM

Post #6934370


Any news yet? lol!
haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 11, 2009
6:00 PM

Post #6935023

Na! Guess they are not as interested as I thought they may be?
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
4:12 PM

Post #6942478

Ooo, exciting thread! Any news from the paper? Did your dahlia open yet?

The only giant I have is Miss Bruggy. She's right outside the sliding door so I can see her at all times!

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haighr
Laurel, DE
(Zone 7a)

August 13, 2009
5:25 PM

Post #6942703

No guess they aren't news worthy after all. I did take a pic of the dahlia now beginning to bloom, it is a lovely mellow yellow with a hint of orange splash, it is a beauty. Will post soon.
Hey that bruggie is much larger than I recall from last year!
SW_gardener

(Zone 6a)

August 13, 2009
5:48 PM

Post #6942788

I'm looking forward to it!

She is alot bigger this year and I need to water her...she's wilting like mad!

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