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My First Dahlia Bloom.............

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

All my Dahlias are planted in pots this year. This is my first bloom.

I do believe this is called "Bitsy" from Swan Island

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Great color and a terrific photo!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thank you.....I keep taking pics as it unfolds.......love to watch it!

Here is today's

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

It really is picture perfect, Morgan. Enjoy it!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Thank you.

Brigham City, UT(Zone 5b)

It is beautiful. How big is it?

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Not so big at all.....plant is about 18 inches high....flower when open about 3 to 4 inches across.

It is really too hot here for Dahlias, so I tried for pots this year......on the porch in a cooler location. But I think it's still too hot. Several plants have croaked already.
The flowers I just love though!

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Beautiful. I am a dahlia nut also. No matter how many we have , we want more. :) I like the way my peonies bloom and about the time they are petering out the dahlias take over. I am a good two to three weeks behind your bloom season.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

I might try Peonies!

(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

I think peonies want a cool winter and I'm not sure how cool your area gets but please check it out for yourself.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Most definitely peonies need a real cool (think cold) snap in the winter and require some cool in the summer. Steve grew peonies (hmm, where has Steve been lately) in Texas but I don't know what part.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Well, shoot :-((

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Oh, I remember because of his signin name. FtWorthSteve. So is Austin near Ft. Worth? He had gorgeous peonies.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

My first new dahlia to bloom is Vista Lindsey courtesy of Psudan. It is a beauty though didn't attain its full height this year. I am sure it will next year. Hockley Maroon and White Fawn bloomed a few days ago. I have had them for a few years.

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Oberon46 - So pretty......are they in pots or in ground? Don't you love taking photos of them?

Austin is south of Ft Worth area......another zone warmer I think.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

I have both. The yellow is in the ground and only gets sun from maybe 1pm on, and the other is in a pot and gets sun about the same amount of time. There is no doubt that the ones in the ground get bigger and have more blooms.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

It is so hot here that my Dahlias are not so happy with me....but every time I get a bloom I just want more.

This is Border Choice, and All Triumph just starting to open.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

Beautiful! Since I believe they are native to Mexico, they should do well for you. They enjoy the heat more than many humans do.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

the white one almost looks like a mum. I love the color of the first. A very different red.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Here's the white - All Triumph - almost fully open.

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

My dahlia's are really starting to bloom now. Here is a sampling.

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

BeaHive - OMG......you have enough blooms to cut? If I did that it would denude my plant... :-)) While I wouldn't want to live in your weather, I am always envious of how the Dahlias grow there....sigh. You have some gorgeous flowers there. Do you have their names?

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Gorgeous. Mine have just really started except for the older ones that I started (well, they started themselves) in March in the garage.

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

Mine are just coming into bloom. Lots of pink cactus dahlias and now the real beauties are coming!

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Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

I really do not have so many blooms that I can cut them often, but I heard that cutting some helps with more blooms. Here are few that are in bloom now.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

They are all wonderful.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Gorgeous

Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

I cut mine and put in arrangements and I generally get quite a few.
Those are lovely!

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

haighr - Show-off! :-))

BeaHive - Beautiful!!!

Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

I planted 4 special Dahlia's this year in honor of my daughter's engagement this spring.
The first to bloom below is called First Kiss. The three remaining are : Prince Charming,Bride to Be and Marry me. (coming soon)
I also sent the grooms parents the same selection. They are growing in West Virginia , but no blooms yet.

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(Arlene) Southold, NY(Zone 7a)

What a lovely and generous thing to do. I wish them both the best of life.

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

what a wonderful idea. I wish them (flowers and happy couple) long life and happiness.

Dallas, OR(Zone 8a)

Thanks Pirl & Mary.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

That was a great idea! And love the first kiss!

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Here is my Kaiser Wilhelm (with much reduced red tones from 2010), White Fawn and Blue Star

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Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

Oberon - stunning blooms.....and so many at a time!!! So envious. Are these in pots? If so, how big and what soil were they planted in?

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

Yes, these are in pots. I also have many in the ground. The pots are around 4-5 gallons and filled with a potting soil I get from a greenhouse. It comes in shrink wrapped bales and is a mix of soil, peat, compost. But I believe that the reason I have so many blooms (the Blue Star unusually so) is because of our very cool weather. We run 55-60F in the mornings and it rarely sees 70F. Thanks.

Austin, TX(Zone 8b)

70 degrees is our low overnight.......90 to 100 during the day. Yeah, I'd say Dahlias don't like heat :-((

(Mary) Anchorage, AK(Zone 4b)

they can probably handle it okay, but I suspect the blooms don't last very long

Edited: they are also very slow to bloom; mine only started a few weeks ago and the majority are yet to open; then they all go at once. They are loaded buds so I suspect that they will also provide quite a show with multiple blooms.

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Laurel, DE(Zone 7a)

It has been very hot and dry this summer for us in MD and mine are thriving quite well. All have blooms and look really healthy for the nasty weather we have had.

This first one is my favorite as it just gets speckled with the burgundy and then some splotches too.

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