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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

June 30, 2012
9:22 PM

Post #9188319

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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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2012
5:18 AM

Post #9188467

Great color and a terrific photo!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2012
11:55 AM

Post #9188796

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

Here is today's

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 1, 2012
1:22 PM

Post #9188884

It really is picture perfect, Morgan. Enjoy it!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 1, 2012
2:48 PM

Post #9188966

Thank you.
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

July 21, 2012
2:03 PM

Post #9213552

It is beautiful. How big is it?

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9215697

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!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9215758

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.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 23, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9215915

I might try Peonies!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 23, 2012
2:56 PM

Post #9216067

I think peonies want a cool winter and I'm not sure how cool your area gets but please check it out for yourself.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 23, 2012
3:51 PM

Post #9216142

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.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 24, 2012
10:03 PM

Post #9217640

Well, shoot :-((
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9217968

Oh, I remember because of his signin name. FtWorthSteve. So is Austin near Ft. Worth? He had gorgeous peonies.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 25, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9218499

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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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 26, 2012
10:20 AM

Post #9219397

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.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 26, 2012
10:28 AM

Post #9219404

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.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 27, 2012
10:51 PM

Post #9221077

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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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

July 28, 2012
5:03 AM

Post #9221177

Beautiful! Since I believe they are native to Mexico, they should do well for you. They enjoy the heat more than many humans do.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 28, 2012
8:19 AM

Post #9221338

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

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 30, 2012
9:32 AM

Post #9223595

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

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

July 31, 2012
6:37 AM

Post #9224611

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

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

July 31, 2012
6:57 AM

Post #9224626

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?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

July 31, 2012
8:18 AM

Post #9224695

Gorgeous. Mine have just really started except for the older ones that I started (well, they started themselves) in March in the garage.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 7, 2012
4:27 AM

Post #9232652

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

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 7, 2012
6:09 AM

Post #9232766

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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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 7, 2012
7:47 AM

Post #9232885

They are all wonderful.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 7, 2012
8:17 AM

Post #9232924

Gorgeous
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 8, 2012
5:08 AM

Post #9233902

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

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 8, 2012
11:32 AM

Post #9234392

haighr - Show-off! :-))

BeaHive - Beautiful!!!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 8, 2012
10:06 PM

Post #9235150

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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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 9, 2012
4:55 AM

Post #9235301

What a lovely and generous thing to do. I wish them both the best of life.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2012
6:01 AM

Post #9235375

what a wonderful idea. I wish them (flowers and happy couple) long life and happiness.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 9, 2012
6:41 AM

Post #9235421

Thanks Pirl & Mary.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 9, 2012
10:47 AM

Post #9235658

That was a great idea! And love the first kiss!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 9, 2012
12:27 PM

Post #9235814

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

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 10, 2012
8:14 AM

Post #9236640

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?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9236710

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.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 10, 2012
11:44 AM

Post #9236856

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

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 10, 2012
12:28 PM

Post #9236890

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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haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 14, 2012
4:47 AM

Post #9240896

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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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
5:20 AM

Post #9240932

So pretty. I love when they get blotchy. Post more photos when that happens, please.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2012
8:45 AM

Post #9241171

I believe the 'splotchy' is called batik in dahlia parlance. I have one that is a base of yellow with reddish 'splotches'. Any names to your dahlias??
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
9:03 AM

Post #9241194

Maybe this photo, #1, Goshen Calico by psudan, is batik but I actually meant the kind of dahlias that has a few solid petals amont the blooms, like photo #2 - Hollyhill Jester. I don't know of any term that describes it but would be curious as to the right terminology. In the meantime, "splotchy" works for me. LOL

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2012
9:04 AM

Post #9241197

I liket he blotchy ones as well.

My dahlias seem to be taking forever to bloom this year - I have so many that have nice stalks, but they just seem to be in slow motion. What is going on with them this year?

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 14, 2012
9:07 AM

Post #9241201

Maybe "slow" is the password this year for dahlias or maybe they were all fooled by early warmth followed by that cold snap. You are not alone, Carolyn. Many of mine are way too slow and I currently have maybe ten in bloom. I hope August works magic for them.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 14, 2012
3:55 PM

Post #9241617

I was checking previous pics of mine and found September is when I had a lot of blooms. I bought early bloomer this year, but still it was July until I had one flower.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 14, 2012
4:20 PM

Post #9241641

Morgan

Don't know why I didn't think about doing that (duh!). I went back and looked and it seems my dahlias started mid August and flowered later from there. This was for 2011 and 2010.

It looks like I am not as far off as I thought.

Thank you!
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 15, 2012
4:12 AM

Post #9242016

The rains have finally arrived and hoping it is not too much too late! The dahlias are faring well so far.
I don't have names for mine, I have had them for so many years and each year I dig and have more and just mix them all together so have long since lost track of what is what.
These were an odd mix from last year, still waiting to see them this season.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2012
4:14 AM

Post #9242018

It's wonderful.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2012
8:34 AM

Post #9242223

haighr - what a stunning flower!! OMG...this is why I LOVE these flowers!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 15, 2012
8:41 AM

Post #9242239

I think I have seen this at one of the vendor sites. Gorgeous and unusual.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 15, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9242332

Could it be AC RaInier? Photo by Dan (psudan).

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 15, 2012
3:34 PM

Post #9242702

Wow...looks like twins!
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 15, 2012
5:15 PM

Post #9242833

I really like that one...
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 16, 2012
4:26 AM

Post #9243206

Thanks, it is my favorite and think it is beginning to bloom again this year.
Looks just like your AC Ranier Pirl!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2012
8:25 PM

Post #9247099

Very hot week so not much picture taking during the week, but the weekend cooled down and the Dahlia's are beginning to bloom . Makes me very happy.

Ginger Snap is such a beautiful yellow, skipper enjoying "bee happy". Iceburg is huge (8" or so) . Darn the bugs for chomping on this one, Boogie nights and Heat wave

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2012
8:26 PM

Post #9247102

All beautiful! Tomorrow I should have a few to show.
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2012
8:30 PM

Post #9247103

They are beautiful. It is so fun to have dahlia's. I walk the garden every day and just smile the whole time. Oh, I do love my dahlia's. This one is called "Lady Darlene".

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2012
8:33 PM

Post #9247108

I just love this Kaiser Wilhelm. Thanks again Mary!! Bumble bee enjoying a dahlia. He was so content...he didn't even notice I was just a foot away taking his pic. I love this close up that I took of a cut Boogie nights. Such detail in these flowers. Now hold on to your hats folks..the last is a close up of Kaiser Wilhelm. It is so awesome!

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MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2012
8:47 PM

Post #9247121

So fun. How large is the Kaiser Wilhelm? \
I have quite a few dahlia's that I planted from seed this spring, I have so many colors and most of the flowers are over 4-5" and 3-4' tall. I only have 1 that I dont think I will save for next year. I am going to plant from seed next year also and see what comes up.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2012
9:25 PM

Post #9247136

Kaiser Wilhelm!!! It looks purple. How cool a picture. Mine are still more yellow than red. Weird. We may have to deal about Boogie Nights. lol
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 19, 2012
10:27 PM

Post #9247176

We will message in the fall. I am sure we can work a few trades or freebies for you. :)
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 19, 2012
10:29 PM

Post #9247177

I will post more pictures as my new dahlias bloom. Some are really stunning. Well, to me they are.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 20, 2012
10:48 AM

Post #9247726

Simply gorgeous. Beahive, I took a similar pic last year and call it my "Dahlia Splendor"

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 20, 2012
11:20 AM

Post #9247795

That is one glorious photo, haighr!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2012
11:21 AM

Post #9247798

Very much so...
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 20, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9248270

haighr..beautiful ! These dahlia's are just awesome. Move over Daylillies..there is a new kid in town! LOL!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 20, 2012
6:29 PM

Post #9248299

I have always loved dahlias and have tried to grow daylilies for years with rather poor results. I dug up and sent away a bunch this spring and this is the first year that those that remained look like the pictures I have seen. Really beautiful. Corfu, Jungle Beauty, and Gordon Biggs. I also have some out front. Sometimes they don't even form buds. I am going to try one more rearrangement then out they go, well the ones out front. I don't even remember which they are.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 20, 2012
9:43 PM

Post #9248485

Can I come live with you BeaHive...just until all your Dahlias bloom? Such pretty, pretty flowers...and nice pics...I'm drooling :-))

MyRee - you are so lucky to have so many blooms on one bush...gosh, mine are never that prolific. Love your Darlene.

haighr - great shot...and lovely flower.

Sigh...still waiting for some to bloom.

haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 21, 2012
5:03 AM

Post #9248613

Patience morgan, ours will be gone and you will be sharing your beauties with us!
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 21, 2012
9:04 PM

Post #9249608

I so love the dahlia's now, they are all blooming and the plants have an abundance of flowers. Now, this fall, when I am digging and preparing for winter I may change my mind a little. :}
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
4:39 AM

Post #9249718

Enjoy now, pay later.

For so many years I believed we had to wait for a frost plus two weeks before digging and the whole routine. Then I found out you can dig before a frost. You might not get as many viable tubers and the eyes will be more difficult to locate but, if any of us just want to save one or two, it makes the job much easier.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2012
8:37 AM

Post #9249939

I have always dug them at summer's end before freeze up. Always got tubers. This year I was going to wait the two weeks after frost just to see what, if any, difference it made. I have many new dahlias and want to be sure to have healthy tubers next spring.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9250021

So glad to hear you dig early, Mary. That could encourage me to buy more of my old favorites again.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 22, 2012
12:06 PM

Post #9250147

I am headed to lowe's to get some chicken wire to make a 4x6 drying bed. I think I have some 2x4's to staple it to. To keep them off the concrete in the garage and give lots of air circulation. Even ordered pens to write on the tubers what they are. I am ready!!!!

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 22, 2012
12:50 PM

Post #9250190

OK...maybe not so envious of you "northerners" who have to dig up tubers every year. At least I just leave mine in the ground.

The ones in pots this year, I think I will plant in the fall, then just mulch over for winter. There is something to be said for a mild winter climate. :-))

One of my reds...

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 22, 2012
1:28 PM

Post #9250224

Last year I didn't dig the ones I didn't like but dug the ones I did like. I lost almost all of those I kept downstairs but the ones left in the ground all returned, of course!

You do still have to dig to divide, right? We used to have these discussions on DG, years ago and I've had the experience of not dividing them, causing them to get so huge that it's nearly impossible to divide them.
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

August 23, 2012
8:02 PM

Post #9251792

Pril, Do you devide in the fall when you dig or in the spring just before planting? Any suggestions for saving the tubers I am ready for. Mine have just blown me away with their beauty and abundance of flowers this year. I want even more for next year.
Morganc, I do get envious of you southerners at times, but I have found with a little more work I can have the beauty without the excess heat.
Sorry, I didn't realize the first one wasn't turned upright.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
8:54 AM

Post #9252164

Makes me want to run out (or rather dial up the internet) and buy more dahlias.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2012
9:16 AM

Post #9252179

MyRee - I'm just not good at finding eyes so unless a clump grows into two clumps I don't actually divide, just lift, hose them off, set them upside down for a few days and then package them for winter. If I had a foolproof storage system for winter I would share it, but I don't. Sawdust and/or peat moss seems to work for many people. It's kept lightly dampened. In spring they seem to awaken to their own schedule and some show growth in February while others wait until April.

In the past I've been delighted with plants from Corralitos. They may look tiny but grow to the same size as if you planted big (normal) tubers. Flowers are also just as big as if planted from large tubers. This is how they look when they arrive.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
9:22 AM

Post #9252185

My only problem up here is that quite often they don't produce tubers so you have to buy them again. I emailed Corralitos and we talked about it a bit and the thought was that it had something to do with our long summer days and cool temps. but dahlias that have tubers to begin with usually produce larger tubers in the fall, sometimes amazingly huge.
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2012
9:30 AM

Post #9252192

How should I keep my dahlias from getting to tall and very few flowers. I have only two colors, one is a beutiful white, but it is growing tall and few leaves. I taught it was to hot down here, but it has a few buds now and maybe if I did something different next year I can improve them. Last year I dug the 2 large bulbs up and had them separated into 8 and they all sprout it but not all bloomed. I gave away 2 of them and they where beutifull with lots of large flowers. She had them in full sun, but had sprinkle system, which I don't.Should I just give up on them, plant something that is less of the problem. Etelka
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
11:49 AM

Post #9252285

After they send out three sets of true leaves, pinch the main stem to promote bushiness. Also I pinch some of the side buds so that I get a few larger blooms on each plant. And don't forget to fertilize. You want a fertilizer with a lower first number to promote blooms not just huge plants. And they do require a fair amount of water. As wet as it is up here, I have to give a good watering at least once a week -- a deep watering, not just the top few inches. Then let them dry out a bit so they don't rot. If you are in doubt, buy a moisture sensor (they are cheap) to find out how deep the moist soil goes.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

August 24, 2012
11:57 AM

Post #9252289

Etelka, adjust your fertilizer next year. The usual "bloom" food for flowers won't do. In the N-K-P formula, you want to sock'em with potash and phosphate, and back off on the nitrogen. I mixed my own "dahlia food" this year: equal parts "Hi-Yield Murate of Potash", "Hi-Yield Super Phosphate" and a generic 10-10-10 granulated fertilizer. I gave each plant a 1/2 a trowel of food around the base every 4-6 weeks after planting-and watered it in. I just finished all the fertilizer I bought last w/e. I can really see the difference- some of my stalks are as big around as a beer bottle! I hope I get good tubers. Even for those in warm climates it is advised to dig, divide & replant. The dahlias will crowd each other out (like iris).

I can't believe some of you don't dig! It's like finding Easter eggs- so much fun to see how many tubers you get! Then you can sell or trade for MORE DAHLIAS!

Poochella has a sticky about her saran-wrap method of tuber storage. IT WORKS!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
12:36 PM

Post #9252331

Shoot. I can't remember what I posted except for a couple so at risk of repeats:
Clearview Orca pretty much totally opened
Snoho Doris also open
Innocence just started a couple of days ago.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
12:41 PM

Post #9252335

I have these two sort of unidentified. I am guessing at names based on names give by the person who sent several different tubers. The second one might be either Gracie Face or Dr. John Kaiser

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
12:43 PM

Post #9252341

Oh, I forgot this one. Also a NOID. Could be Tahaiti Sunrise??

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kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 24, 2012
1:48 PM

Post #9252397

thank you very much, Will just readjust for next year, or is it to late for the last firtilizer? Etelka
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 24, 2012
3:33 PM

Post #9252526

Do it as soon as possible to get maximum blooms for this season.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
4:49 PM

Post #9252587

Interesting reading. You guys are all hard core with the fertilizer and such. But perhaps that is one reason why I have few blooms so far this year. I had thought perhaps the dry summer had something to do with it. We are now getting rain almost daily.

I dig my tubers every fall. I wait the 2 weeks after the hard killing frost and I have found a pitch fork works so much better than a spade.

I always felt it was easier to find the eyes in the spring than in the fall. The hard part for me is to remember to sprintz my tubers once a month during the wintertime.

Mary - love the bicolor.

This is Myrtle's Folly. Last year, Erin (momoftwo607) was looking for it and posted the request on several forums. I then took a look at Myrlte, because Erin wanted it so badly. I was sold as soon as I saw her.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 24, 2012
5:46 PM

Post #9252645

How unusual. Like paper mache.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 26, 2012
6:18 AM

Post #9254109

I just dig mine after the frost, wash them off, lay them out on the deck to dry and then layer them in a box with newspaper and put them in a cool dark room and never even look until the next season. I have always had great luck doing this.
I plant them in the spring and have never used any fertilizer, just spray them with something to keep the bugs from eating the leaves.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 26, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9254133

Thank you for the newspaper tip. I'll try it.

You don't pinch them back after the second or third set of leaves to get fuller plants?
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 26, 2012
8:09 AM

Post #9254194

Define "cool" and how humid is the atmosphere in the room. I suspect that has something to do with your success. I have tried vermiculite, saran, shavings, peat moss,,, all with mixed results.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 27, 2012
9:39 AM

Post #9255467

Oberon - Your flowers are just beautiful. I have never grown the kind that look like a pom pom, but you have inspired me.

Carolyn - I love your Myrtle's Folly.

I am finally getting a few new blooms from my Border Choice and All triumph. Even Bitsy, has a new bud.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 27, 2012
9:42 AM

Post #9255478

It's great fun watching the bud open, day by day. Lovely blossoms!
kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9255496

I think my white dahlia is the same All Triumph, I bought it at Lowe's few years back. It always bloomed, just got very tall and skinny. Hope next year I will take better cara of it.

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BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2012
10:31 AM

Post #9255568

After a really rough week it was nice to enjoy my Dahlia blooms yesterday.

Tag missing #1 but a little white crab spider was hanging out on this one.
#2 writing on the marker has faded. The name is Crazy something. Will do some reasearch. TBA
#3 Love it..This is Fuzzy Wuzzy
#4 Harvest moon...very pretty yellow
#5 TBA

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2012
10:43 AM

Post #9255576

Oh, I had ordered Fuzzy Wuzzy but I don't see where it has bloomed yet. Still have a lot to go - just a race against cold fall weather now. It is so nice to see dahlias in bloom, even if not mine. Do you have any dinner plates? PomPoms? We had a big wind blow yesterday. Wreaked havoc in the garden blowing down but not breaking lilies and lots of other flowers. I have to build cages for next year and am rearranging the garden. Sure with I had someone here who could offer a critique and suggestions. I get exhausted trying to second guess what the plants will do next year, how to hide 'bare knees' on tall plants with the mid range plants I have. And then take into consideration when each one blooms.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2012
3:18 PM

Post #9255993

Bea

They are gorgeous! I have Harvest Moon, but have yet to see it flower. I still don't have much in the way of dahlia flowers and I put in 45 different varieties. Ironically the ones that are flowering are the ones that Mary sent to me and a couple of new ones that I ordered.

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 27, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9256329

Yeah --- so glad. Well, glad that some that I sent lived and bloomed. It is slow around here too. I bet I have 25 that have buds but haven't popped yet. And when they do, they open sooooo slowly.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

August 27, 2012
6:48 PM

Post #9256331

Mary's were the first to bloom for me also. I think maybe they were happy to get out of the Alaska cold. LOL! I still have many yet to bloom. The mornings are getting colder already. I sure hope to see more soon. That is the first bloom on Harvest moon. Several more buds in waiting. Fuzzy wuzzy surprised me with that bloom. I turned around while taking pic's and there she was!! I like surprises like that. She is so pretty. Another one in my front yard is almost ready too.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 28, 2012
4:00 AM

Post #9256557

Mine are really coming into full bloom now. Kinda sorry to see that as it means the end of the season here is quickly advancing upon us.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2012
4:45 AM

Post #9256583

Funny, Bea. I was thinking they were happy to be out of the Alaskan chill as well!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

August 28, 2012
7:59 AM

Post #9256799

While I haven't been in Alaska in winter, it's heavenly in July. I'd gladly trade our excessive heat and humidity for what much of Alaska enjoys in summer.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2012
8:40 AM

Post #9256857

=Thank you Arlene. Ahem... to you others. lol. I suspect the poor tubers were so stunned by warmth and sun that they burst in their equivalent of song. "The dahlias are alive with the sound of music..."
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2012
9:05 AM

Post #9256876

Oh no! I hear Julie Andrews singing in the background!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 28, 2012
9:27 AM

Post #9256921

ROTFL ...AYUH...

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 29, 2012
3:03 PM

Post #9258551

I don't know...I've been to Alaska at the end of June and froze my butt off. Well, one day WAS gorgeous...and all the Natives complained of the heat. Ha, they should come to Texas.

BeaHive - I love love love your pink dahlia. I could see a bit of your yard in the last pic...nice.

I am only getting blooms on 3 of the 6 Dahlias I planted. So my take on pots is not so good.



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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 29, 2012
5:33 PM

Post #9258740

Depending on the year, I can readily agree that you would have been a tad chilled. I would think that Texas was awfully hot for dahlias. But I keep forgetting that it is a might big state and that there are areas that aren't always 115 in the shade. We have friends that live on the coast, but then they are sun worshippers, which we are not.

Both your dahlias are lovely. No names?
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 30, 2012
4:11 AM

Post #9259036

Pretty!
Mine are really coming into full blooms now. Guess that means our season is coming to a close. Once the dahlias finish and the tall miscanthus is in bloom (which it is now) I know it won't be long before all the digging begins!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9259231

Haighr, I assume you dont' have a name for the lovely pink dahlia in the picture?
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
2:44 PM

Post #9259614

Gorgeous dahlia haighr
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
4:02 PM

Post #9259690

I have about three more almost ready for pictures one of which is Firepot. What color.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
4:40 PM

Post #9259747

Looking forward to seeing the,. Mary.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
4:56 PM

Post #9259760

Here is firepot just opening. It tames down some when fully mature or so the pictures I have seen of it do.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
5:22 PM

Post #9259796

Mary

It is gorgeous! How tall is Firepot?

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 30, 2012
8:14 PM

Post #9259975

right now it is pretty short. but these are new tubers. Course, I got a little bitty Clearview Orca tuber this year and the darned plant is 4' tall with 6" blooms.

I just went and checked my database and sure enough it is only supposed to be 24" tall, a compact little border bush. Not good for cutting flowers. sure is snazzy though.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

August 31, 2012
5:34 AM

Post #9260175

Actually I do know now thanks to this thread! It's the RC Rainier.
Here is the link again to the varieties:
http://www.dahliasuppliers.com/accent/catalogbyvariety.html

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9260436

Oberon - Your Firepot is stunning! The contrast in colors is so vivid...even if it mellows later, to see it like this is amazing. OMG...I'm already thinking of doing a raised garden of Dahlias for next year. Maybe one more effort with dappled sun and perfect soil will work. The two I posted are All Triumph (white) and Border Choice (red).

haighr - such beautiful blooms...and so many. I think I am green :-))


Here is the other one that bloomed in a pot - Bitsy - This will be her third flower.

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Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

August 31, 2012
10:34 AM

Post #9260474

Firepot is my favorite dahlia. I tried a few in pots t/y, but they did not like them! I replanted them in the garden, but they're still grouchy and won't bloom. Yet. They'll forgive me and come around.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2012
11:25 AM

Post #9260526

Not a big difference but here is Firepot today. The next one is JJ's Izzy based on what was written on the tuber. I can't find a picture online to confirm this. The last one is Phoenix. I believe there are a lot of 'phoenix's' of various colors but again this was what was written on the tuber. If someone has a more precise name, would appreciate it. It is just opening, like Firepot, so should be quite large when done. Also on Aug 24 I misnames the last flower. it isn't Innocence, it is Chilson's Pride, shown below again

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morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
1:52 PM

Post #9260711

Xaltd1 - (like your name :-))) Yeah, I'm going to replant them in the garden too. I thought pots on the porch with just some morning light would make them happy, but alas, Texas is still hot. Maybe more pinching to make them sturdier and strong?

Oberon - You must spend a fortune on tubers...but your payoff is good! Do you know where I could get a Firepot? Just for that, I'll have to try again.

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2012
2:04 PM

Post #9260727

I have bought from a couple of places but lucked out last year when two DG'rs offered tubers for postage. I think I received 8 from one and over ten from another. Best deal I ever made. The rest are from Swan River, Old House, and one from (hmmm, Brucks -- no that isn't it). They had what they advertised as a blue poppy and from what I could see photoshopped the picture to make it look blue. It is a two tone lavender, dark on the bottom side and lighter on the top. A fellow DG'r ordered it for me (as they wouldn't ship to Alaska) and I paid for the order then paid for postage from her place to Alaska. Pretty spendy for something I could have probably gotten somewhere else much less expensively. But it is lovely. I now have around four plants and have sent some away.

If you google you will find several places that sell Firepot. I still have about 10-12 that are not open yet.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

August 31, 2012
7:42 PM

Post #9261067

Oberon46 wrote:. I still have about 10-12 that are not open yet.


Wish I could say the same - I have about 35 or so that have not opened yet.



morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

August 31, 2012
10:15 PM

Post #9261145

Yikes...35? Don't the places guarantee them to bloom or something?

Oberon - I found the Firepot...YAY!!!! I've gotten most of mine from Swan Island, and they had it. Course they won't ship until spring, but that's OK.

This might be the first time I dig them out of the pots and store them for spring. Da#%...never really wanted to do that. :-))

Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2012
5:15 AM

Post #9261248

Morgan

I have had them too long for any types of guarantees to still be valid. Some of these tubers have got to be at least 10 years old. I am hoping because we still should have decent weather for another couple of months, that most of them may come around.

,
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2012
7:17 AM

Post #9261322

Why do you suppose that they haven't bloomed? Too hot, too dry? That isn't normal is it?
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 1, 2012
5:54 PM

Post #9261870

I have been wondering if our super dry weather early on is part of the problem. I noticed my rose of sharon and the Black walnut tree in my neighbor's yard are already losing leaves. I think this is also due to the dry weather early on in the summer. I know our temps have been higher than normal this year.

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9262341

Dan in Ohio said that he lost a lot of tubers early on and that they were having horrible dry weather too. He said that they plants are short and many have not bloomed yet. I was hoping that you all would get a nice wet edge from Isaac but not the heavy duty storm stuff.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2012
12:01 PM

Post #9262480

We are supposed to have rain tomorrow. We will see as it seems the weather forecasters are wrong more than anything else :(

I noticed that Karma Choc is starting to open. She is one of my favorites, but then I think they are all my favorites :)

Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2012
12:52 PM

Post #9262520

I looked it up. I thought my Hockley Maroon was dark but Karma Choc is even darker, especially at the center.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 2, 2012
5:56 PM

Post #9262790

Thomas Edison is in bloom now but not as tall as it should be. This year I'm like Carolyn and grateful for any blossoms at all.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 2, 2012
6:06 PM

Post #9262801

Gorgeous color, Arlene. Mine are not as tall as they should be either.

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 2, 2012
6:10 PM

Post #9262809

Last year spring was so cool that it was awful for clematises. This year the clem's did fine but not the dahlias. I'd love a normal year if that's possible.

I hope we never have another long hot summer like this one. Too much drought and too many problems for farmers, horse lovers and gardeners. I want sweater weather!
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 3, 2012
6:28 AM

Post #9263118

A few pics from this weekend

Lemon tart- so pretty,awesome yellow, a mixed bouquet, Lucca Johnanna who is blooming her little head off. She is a keeper! Next,short little yellow ones unknown name and a pretty red one.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 3, 2012
6:54 AM

Post #9263146

So pretty!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 3, 2012
8:55 AM

Post #9263272

My heavens. I love them all!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 3, 2012
9:55 AM

Post #9263335

I love this one of yours, Mary: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1278388/
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 3, 2012
9:59 AM

Post #9263343

Thanks Arlene. One of my favorites too. it has been (continues to be) so much fun this year having received about 16 new dahlia tubers. Like Christmas watching them open up. Some I didn't even have pictures for so didn't know what to expect. Bit by bit I am substituting my own pictures in my database for those I did manage to find online. Fuzzy Wuzzy is still a problem. I just don't see how the one that I ordered matches the picture on line.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 5, 2012
1:27 PM

Post #9266023

Morganc, I have plenty of 'Firepot' tubers. Do you want to trade?
My 1st 'Firepot' bloomed yesterday, then the blossom was eaten down to the stem today. WHO is responsible??? The list is a long one! Someone also ate all the leaves off my sunflowers up to about 4' so I am suspecting Bambi & friends.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2012
3:58 PM

Post #9266187

I was afraid as Firepot matured the colors would mute down or I would lose some of the wild contrasts, yellow-orange-fuschia, but no way.

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Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 5, 2012
5:34 PM

Post #9266313

I think 'Firepot' has every color in it. It's misleading- I'd call it 'Kaleidoscope'! (Thanks, spell check.) It's such a little trooper! While I'm trying to keep the big dahlias staked, dis-budded, de-lateraled, it just blooms along! There are some real bullies in the dahlia world. This year, I actually cut down 2 'Blue Boy' b/c they were shading everything else! 'Crazy Love' is a garden hog, too. I guess they need a special area to be big w/o taking all the lunch money from my other cultivars.

I hear you to those who haven't had a lot of blooms yet. I bought of tubers from Swan Island during their very late season sale. They didn't get into the ground until about July, but those prices!!! But also, lots that haven't bloomed yet. (Rawhide, Sandia Shomei, Lauren Michele, I'm a Hottie, plus about 6 others) I'll be happy if I get more tubers, anyway.

BTW, I saw your post on Corrilitos, pirl, and I will NEVER buy from them again!!! They are the most pathetic, sickly plants in the garden. They suckered all over the place, without one true strong stem emerging. I've cut them back to encourage growth, but they can't keep up with their neighbor dahlias, so they get shaded. I BETTER get tubers from them! They aren't going to bloom, and I paid over $10 each for the 4 plants I ordered (after shipping). I emailed them last month w/ photos, asking for advice- NO ANSWER. They are the only grower who hasn't quickly responded to inquiries, or sent replacement tubers on my word only.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 5, 2012
6:26 PM

Post #9266370

I've had Firepot and loved it. Not sure if it is growing this year or not as I've been busy with other projects outside.

Melissa - call Kevin Larkin, one of the owners of Corralitos (Phone: (831) 596-0323) and tell him what you told us. I bet he'll make it good for you. I've never once had your problems with Corralitos and if I were to order again it would ONLY be from them.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 5, 2012
7:54 PM

Post #9266473

I have ordered from them and had long conversations with Kevin. He is really a great guy. I know what you mean about the suckers but no main plant. then mine took off. Well, some did. But I never got tubers from them. We speculated it had to do with our long cool days. The plants need a certain shut down over time to develop good tubers. I decided, however, that for the price difference, which is small, I would rather get a tuber and grow my own plant. But he is a really responsive, or has been to me.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 6, 2012
9:37 AM

Post #9266986

What I meant my 'suckers' is that none of them had one solid stem; they developed 5-6 tiny stems that took off horizontally. None of the stems could support the weight of a bloom; they were smaller around than a pencil. I have kept cutting these mini-stems as the plants developed, but only one has a very stunted blossom. I emailed them, like I said. Mary & pirl, what did Kevin say that you like his product now? I'm disgusted & have nothing to say to him.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
10:23 AM

Post #9267045

yes, I understand what you meant about the suckers. I fought them also. All those myriad stems that seemed to eat up the plants energy. I think it is the nature of how he propagates with root hormone. I even tried to start out early the second year nipping the side branches but no luck. Just succeeded in killing one plant. I guess it isn't the product so much as he seemed like a nice guy. But that doesn't mean I am buying from him now. I am hooked on Swan River stuff and full blown tubers. I wonder how he will stay in business unless he has people who don't mind buying dahlias every year to get the same plant. I rather like having the opportunity to break up tubers in the fall and spring for multiples. Plus it is fun to have extras to trade.

I have propagated dahlias from stems myself and it works pretty well but the same problem develops in mine - no tuber in the fall and fighting the multiple stems.

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9267059

I ended up with normal tubers from Corralitos so I have no complaint at all. Kevin was very pleasant to speak with and helped me select plants that would provide lots of flowers.

You do have something to say to him, Melissa. You can tell him he didn't answer your Emails with photos or give you help. What do you have to lose by trying?
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 6, 2012
10:38 AM

Post #9267060

Mary, I agree. One of the reasons I love dahlias is that you get TUBERS, like I said before. It's so exciting to see how many more potential plants you could have. Dividing is fun, too (IMHO). Swan Island is my favorite vendor, one reason being is that they stamp the tuber name ON THE TUBER! How incredibly helpful!!! And I find that the stamp survives the growing season. This has me writing the name of the cultivar on the non-Swan tubers in sharpie marker as soon as I get them. BUT, as I have seen this year, by not stamping the tuber, other growers often mix up the cultivars- hel-LO Lynch Creek and Red Hawk!!! I will always buy from Red Hawk, as they are generous with bonus tubers and have incredibly low prices. Plus. all the tubers grow. They may not be the correct dahlia, but they grow! On the other hand, I've lost 3 out of 10 tubers bought from Lynch Creek- and they are not cheap.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 6, 2012
10:53 AM

Post #9267083

Arlene, I should have said I have nothing in a positive spirit of cooperation. I'm mad. I went to the trouble of taking pictures & sending them with no response, so I don't want to waste any more time on him. I've already lost $40 plus time & trouble trying to get his garbage to grow. He can't do anything for me. If I call him and he criticizes my cultivation, I will loose my temper, b/c I am already disgusted. When a tuber fails, it fails, you forget it or get a refund. With his stupid plants, I've staked, pruned, nursed, cut other dahlias back... all with pitiful results. The other dahlias from tubers have crowded his out! He's also cost me 12' of garden space!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 6, 2012
11:01 AM

Post #9267095

Sorry!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
11:27 AM

Post #9267118

Okaaaaayyy. Exhalted! Don't hold back. ROTFL. I guess I agree. I waited for two years for blossoms on what should have been a white azalea from Bluestone perennials. It was pink. And they said that they couldn't send a white one because they were out. Space we can make up and repurpose -- years of our lives (especially at my end of the chronology) not so easy.

So we shall put CG to rest. RIP.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 6, 2012
12:46 PM

Post #9267180

Sorry, gang! Jax just presented me with a deceased baby bunny, my toilet just backed up, I have trash to take out, & I'm out of Pinot Grigio! Aaaarrrgghhh!

This message was edited Sep 6, 2012 6:33 PM
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
1:46 PM

Post #9267226

Hey I was okay until the last item. That truly is deserving of a moment of RAGE!!!!! :)
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
4:00 PM

Post #9267329

There was a dahlia co op years ago with Ednies and I did get into that co op. They had sent dried out tubers and only about half of them were viable when I received them - also, they didn't have half of the varieties they said they would have for the co op. Since then, I have stayed with Swan Island and will continue to stay with them.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 6, 2012
4:53 PM

Post #9267373

I concur whole heartedly.
haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2012
3:15 AM

Post #9267706

Xaltd1 wrote: I'm out of Pinot Grigio! Aaaarrrgghhh!

This message was edited Sep 6, 2012 6:33 PM


I didn't think this could ever happen?????????

haighr
Hagerstown, MD
(Zone 6a)

September 7, 2012
3:17 AM

Post #9267707

And, there is no such thing as leftover wine either!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2012
7:16 AM

Post #9267852

ROTFL
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 7, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9267996

Me too... LOLOL... my mom made a fruit-fly trap out of a bottle of wine that had a good 1" of wine left in it!!! Why give fruit flies the good time? Well, I used beer for my serious slug infestation this spring... I guess they met the Grim Reaper with smiles on their little slug faces!

You have to all feel sorry for me, too, b/c I live in MA and I think we have the most strict liquor laws on Earth. Grocery stores can't carry any alcohol- you have to make a "packie run" as they say. Inconvenient, but I am sentimental about the law.

My dahlias look GREAT today- BACK ON TOPIC!!! Lauren Michele and Rawhide are almost blooming, but not quite. Back to why I LOVE DAHLIAS- if you are growing a cultivar that you haven't grown before, it's so much fun to wait for that first bloom!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2012
10:57 AM

Post #9268039

Only one off topic: in Alaska you have to go to liquor stores. They even moved the cooking wines into the liquor store as it was getting stolen too often.

Going out side to see who new has bloomed since our recent horrible winds. Went out and bought 1/4" square stakes for any looking shaky.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2012
5:11 PM

Post #9268380

OT - We are supposed to go to package stores too in the states of Pennsylvania - the New York State border is 5 minutes from me though, so it is just a matter of running over to the next town. When I was in my teens, the drinking age in NY was 18 and PA it was 21. We always went to NY and then crawled into PA and tried to act 'normal' in front of our parents.

Yesterday, we had a horrible hail storm - it dented up my car, it was so bad. Some of my dahlias were beaten down and the rest seemed to be ok. A couple of months ago, we had another tornado and it snapped off my taller lilies - this has not been a good year for the garden.


Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 7, 2012
7:13 PM

Post #9268489

Yikes, Carolyn, apparently your weather is coming through my garden Sat. afternoon! Tornado warnings, too. I'm on a very steep hillside, so I hope all is OK. The NO ID big red dahlia I posted about has turned into 3 plants- the blossoms are so heavy they're knocking the whole plants over.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 7, 2012
9:39 PM

Post #9268613

Hmm. Wonder if the horrible winds we have had here around Thursday is the tail end of your tornado. Would hate to have been in the real thing.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2012
7:22 AM

Post #9268805

Mary

I have been through the real thing and tornadoes are terrifying. When I was 5-6 we lived in St. Paul Minn. I still have nightmares sometimes from the tornadoes coming through.


Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 8, 2012
7:54 AM

Post #9268835

I can only imagine. I have been through one flood and even that was kind of slow approaching and leaving. Made a mess of stuff but I don't think there was much loss of life. And the earthquake in Anchorage occurred when I was in Fairbanks, so the effect was a little scary but not threatening. Living with the aftershocks for years was nerve racking. It still makes me stop and tense up when a heavy truck goes by and shakes the ground a little. I cannot imagine being in something so huge and powerful as a tornado. I would surely have one of those bolt holes I hear about with a steel plate door to bury myself in.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 11, 2012
9:52 AM

Post #9271990

I was looking at Swan Island's red peonies list. It struck me as I looked at each of them that many look just like some I have but are named differently. I realize that size of plant, size of blooms, and subtle petal textures and colors make a difference. But still, it seems like there is a great redundancy in the selection. I love Dahlias better than I think any other flower for its variety of all the named attributes, but I wonder if somehow the wheel just keeps getting reinvented and renamed sometimes, in the push to maintain and expand a market. Surely the new gardeners who are growing and maturing would provide sufficient market for the blooms. Course with the boomers now starting to enter the wings, perhaps the market is shrinking. Hmmmm. Sorry if this is too heavy for this thread but was just thinking...'out loud'
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 12, 2012
11:09 AM

Post #9273155

Mary, I agree. Unless a DNA test is done, who really knows which plant is what? I went by Swan's 'Nick Sr.' description in determining my big red noid was 'Nick Sr.' b/c they are specific about plant height, color, petal curvature & blossom size. I love how detailed they are. Plus, they're a huge hybridizer, so I'm sure they sell to a lot of their tubers to commercial brokers like Michigan Bulb, etc. Hence my surprise. I did order 'Momentum' from Michigan bulb this year- I think they are the ones that sent me 'Nick Sr.' b/c they tend to only offer the biggest bloomers. Plus they're lousy at labeling!
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2012
12:33 PM

Post #9273203

Amen to that. The guy who owns it or manages it is a really nice guy, but they do need to work on their customer service, or shipping.
Xaltd1
SOUTH HAMILTON, MA

September 12, 2012
6:16 PM

Post #9273466

The only way they can offer such low prices is to not hire enough workers and probably work them @ low pay. I'd sabotage a few orders- or accidentally mess them up, too. No harm done! They're growing well!
Herbert Smith and Rawhide are in full bloom, but I keep getting error messages when I upload them :0(
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 12, 2012
7:12 PM

Post #9273516

Have you reduced the size of the pictures? I reduce the image to 300x800 or some such (the lowest resolution) and they go through fine.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 14, 2012
1:09 PM

Post #9275200

I miss a few days and I missed a real good conversation about wine...LOL.

We are trying to get the house painted...ha ha ha...we have different colors painted in large swaths all over the house! Yikes...praying for no company!

OK...back on topic...

Here is my 4th bloom starting on Bitsy Dahlia. Notice I can count the number of blooms...how sad is that?

But this little beauty has been two years in the making. I know it's not a dahlia, but it is still gorgeous. I started this plant from a leaf cutting given to me from my neighbor. That is my hand so you can see the size.
Night Blooming Cereus

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2012
2:06 PM

Post #9275239

How gorgeous. The Night Blooming Cereus. I will have to look it up and see if it can survive up here. Probably not but worth checking.
Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 14, 2012
6:20 PM

Post #9275488

Mary

Put it outside in the summer and bring it inside for the remainder of the year. I have a small one and that is what I do. Mine has not bloomed, but he is still a baby.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 15, 2012
10:19 PM

Post #9276371

We do not leave the Cereus out in the winter...it goes in the greenhouse. They are kind of big and floppy things. But when it bloomed...OMG i was in heaven! The bud starts off really tiny and just keeps growing for about two weeks or so until it is very large.

In the first pic you can see two buds, but one fell off :-((

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2012
7:27 AM

Post #9276543

that is a magnificent flower. Makes me think of fairy princesses and weddings. I still doubt that we have enough warmth for it to grow, even if I brought it inside each fall. But, oh, I am tempted to try. Thanks for the progression of pics. I see what you mean.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 16, 2012
8:42 AM

Post #9276594

Oberon - would you like me to send you a leaf cutting? It is how I started mine.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 16, 2012
9:19 AM

Post #9276614

I would love to try. Any instructions would be greatly appreciated. I will dmail my address. Thanks so much.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 21, 2012
6:38 PM

Post #9282583

A vase full of various Dahlias's. Myrtles folliy and three noids for now. I am just loving these Dahlia's this summer.

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Carolyn22
Athens, PA
(Zone 5b)

September 21, 2012
6:55 PM

Post #9282601

Bea

I put in Myrte's Folly this year- it is one of my new favorites.

pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 21, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9282612

Absolutely splendid, Bea! Each one is so gorgeous.
BeaHive
Dallas, OR
(Zone 8a)

September 21, 2012
7:34 PM

Post #9282638

Thanks. Yeah that Myrtles folly is pretty crazy looking.
Sweet Dreams, Lucca Johanna again (great bloomer) , NOID, but such a intense purple, Park Princess & two lovely purple ones from the front yard. (cant get to the marker.)The yard is so full & crazy right now, I almost missed these! Will need to move some plants next month as many things were hiding behind & under plants that were super size this year. Must have been the truckloads of compost that were brought in during my landscaping project last summer. I have never seen any of my plants get as large as they have in the first year. Thanks goodness I bought a mulcher this summer. With all the trimmings and the coming drop of all the oak leaves ...I am going to be busy very soon. Free compost is a good thing.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 22, 2012
8:44 AM

Post #9283003

All gorgeous. I love the purples. I think that is what is missing in my dahlia garden. Purple.

morganc

morganc
Austin, TX
(Zone 8b)

September 25, 2012
12:16 PM

Post #9286132

OMG...all of your blooms BeaHive are just stunning. I have already talked my DH in putting in a raised bed just for Dahlias next year. As long as we have a normal heated summer I can look forward to some blooms next fall.

daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 25, 2012
5:45 PM

Post #9286368

I enjoyed looking at everyone's gorgeous dahlias posted above!!! Here are some of my favorites this year :)

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2012
5:52 PM

Post #9286371

Oh, Carol! They are all magnificent. What's the name of the last one? I think I've had it in the past. Love the center one, too.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 25, 2012
7:07 PM

Post #9286424

Arlene, it is nice to be back here looking around at the beautiful dahlias! The last dahlia is 'Kogane Rubuki' and the middle one is "Contraste' ($2.50 at King Kullen!). I really like 'Pinot Noir' and 'Hy Lustre' which I think I received from you and Coleus 'Peter Wonder.' Are you still into Coleus? I am and have been taking cuttings for the last week. They are a chore as well as digging dahlias bulbs but are worth the effort! Hope all is well with you! ~Carol
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2012
7:35 PM

Post #9286464

Carol, thanks for the information. I did have Kogane Rubuki - no wonder I remembered it. Your deal at King Kullen was a real good deal. Oh yes, I'm still collecting coleus and enjoying them as always. I feel coleus are so much easier and...no digging!
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

September 25, 2012
8:15 PM

Post #9286498

Beautiful dahlias. The colors are so vivid. Love the varigation in them.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2012
4:46 AM

Post #9286616

So do I, Marie. Somehow they seem more interesting to me when they have more than one color in the bloom.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 26, 2012
6:21 AM

Post #9286682

Thanks for the compliments! I enjoy watching the two-tone dahlias open up and they look a little different over several days. They are interesting :)

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pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2012
7:00 AM

Post #9286713

You were born to grow dahlias, Carol. They're all wonderful and SO colorful.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 26, 2012
7:21 AM

Post #9286732

Thanks Arlene!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 26, 2012
8:47 AM

Post #9286830

Have a very happy dahlia/coleus birthday, Carol!

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 26, 2012
9:09 AM

Post #9286857

Daisy, what is the name of the second dahlia? I think I have one but didn't know the name.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 26, 2012
9:36 AM

Post #9286885

The second dahlia above is Pooh (Collarette).
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 26, 2012
9:54 AM

Post #9286907

that's what I thought. That must be what I have. There are so many collarettes that look so similar. But I have to call it something so Pooh it shall be. I just won't offer it to friends as that. I will indicate in my notes that Pooh is my best guess for a name. Thanks. Your dahlias are all so different, varied in color and form. I have ordered more for spring in an attempt to expand my dahlias. I have to be careful though. If I just pick and choose, I tend to be attracted to the same colors and forms. I really love the water lily form. Guess it reminds me of some of my simpler peonies.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 26, 2012
5:03 PM

Post #9287261

Mary, I am curious as to how long dahlias bloom in Alaska. When we visited Alaska I was amazed at how vibrant all of the flowers were. Must be from the extended hours of daylight in the summer.
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 26, 2012
5:55 PM

Post #9287312

Not sure. I think the cool weather helps. I have lots blooming along with lilies, monarda, daisies, and other stuff. But there is snow on the tops of the mountains nearby (Chugach) so we will get the heavy frosts and snow by mid late October.
MyRee
Brigham City, UT
(Zone 5b)

September 26, 2012
7:45 PM

Post #9287435

Work sure does put a crimp in my gardenine. I love the flowers, they don't talk back and just give and give. I can feel like I can please them all the time and everyone enjoys my efforts. (can you tell that work was a little stressful today?)

Carol, they are making me want more, many more, but where to put them? I believe I must stop growing vegies and just grow flowers.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
5:43 AM

Post #9287702

Marie - it's true! Even those we love and respect can get us crazy but flowers are pleasant companions.

My husband said he wants to give up vegetable gardening. We'll see what happens when the seed catalogs start rolling in during November and December. I could have a lovely dahlia garden in place of cucumbers and beans we just give to neighbors and tomatoes for the crows breakfast, lunch and dinner.

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kiseta
Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 27, 2012
5:58 AM

Post #9287723

Good morning from Ga, Pirl I am impressed with your husband garden, but I used to say it is a waste for all that work and you have to beg neighbors to take your vegt. The saying is you better were out then rust out on your rocking chair. All that gardening keeps him young. Also all that walk with the puppy.
I still have some white dahlias in bloom, but I have to plan where I would plant them next year to have better results. All of you have such a nice collection of dahlias, I wish I can grow some. Maybe it is the hot weather, but I never see any of them in the local gardens.
Just survived a big dinner, the church gave a Birthday party to a 100 year old gentle man. I cooked his favorite meal and made a huge Birthday cake, it was half chocolate and half lemon and 130 people showed up. I just realized I have 4 days off, and my garden lookes terrible dry, it is time to pull up some flowers and the pansis are out in the stores. Took some cuttings from coleus and left the others to flower, seems like the bees like them. Off to clean the kitchen at the church, I can take my time till 3 pm, and after that I am freeeeee for 4 days. Etelka
Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2012
6:31 AM

Post #9287748

What a great garden. I just have three little raised beds 4x8' new this year. Anything I put directly in the ground goes to worms and slugs. I think the soil that was brought in had some slugs buried in there somewhere so I may have to figure a way to purge them of the eggs. I believe that sluicing the surface with a 10:1 water bleach mix would do the job in the spring. Then just wait to plant. Hope it works. I am going to wrap the upper perimeter with copper to keep the little buggers from climbing up the outside.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
6:44 AM

Post #9287761

Good morning from damp Long Island, Etelka.

One neighbor takes an unlimited amount of cucumbers and another uses four pounds for one of her favorite recipes. Most others just get 3 or 4. They can't grow them due to the deer but our garden has protection from the scoundrels.

Maybe other people, on the Mid-South Gardening forum, could advise you as to what works best for dahlias. Here they produce such lovely blooms until frost, mid-November generally.

The birthday guy must have been very pleased with having you make his favorite dinner. How big was that cake? In order to feed 130 people it had to be huge!

Happy 4 days of freedom!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
6:50 AM

Post #9287768

Mary, sorry I was delayed with my post. Thanks. I love the garden but the crows are winning the tomato war.

You can use Ortho's Bug Geta Plus (or Sluggo Plus) to get the slugs. They are so repulsive. Recently I was planting pots of lilies that required deleting ajuga. The amount of slugs around the ajuga was amazing. They all got the scissors treatment. The sooner you use either product I mentioned, the sooner you'll be rid of the adult and baby population of slugs. Then treat again in early spring to get the slugs that got away.

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Oberon46
(Mary) Anchorage, AK
(Zone 5b)

September 27, 2012
9:23 AM

Post #9287922

I have a supply and will apply ASAP. Thanks. I have ajuga but either it is too healthy for the slugs to make a dent in or they don't like mine.
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
11:54 AM

Post #9288061

They don't seem to be eating mine but making their homes under the leaves: gross.
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 27, 2012
2:31 PM

Post #9288193

I am growing less veggies and more dahlias, since the dahlias are prettier and make me happy :)
daisy_lee
New Hyde Park, NY

September 27, 2012
2:33 PM

Post #9288194

Arlene, your husband's garden looks great! He must enjoy it!
pirl
(Arlene) Southold, NY
(Zone 7a)

September 27, 2012
5:21 PM

Post #9288305

I do miss home grown tomatoes. Thanks, Carol. His garden has been wonderful for the last 20 years but he's tired and losing his will to weed.

Watch, as soon as I make plans for a dahlia garden (the present vegetable garden), he will change his mind.

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