OMG Everyone... forgive that the photo is a little fuzzy, but I wanted the shot with my hand in the picture. I've been watching this bud on an unknown dahlia plant for a few days, and now look! It's over 7" across already!
I checked my tuber order forms, and apparently Red Hawk threw in a tuber called "Holly Hill's Six-in-One" as a bonus. I'm assuming that's what it is-
The plant itself is 5' high. So far the blossom is pretty ugly, but it is dwarfing everything around it! Stay tuned!
Day two- getting bigger! 8" across! Does anyone know what cultivar it might be? I'm 5'5"; I have to stand on tiptoes to take a pic, and two other blossom stems have shot up to each side to make the whole plant taller than I!
Oh MY, absolutely beautiful! I am trying to gather large dahlia's. I have a "Mom's Special" that has a flower that size but the plant is only about 2' tall.
That one is ... thinking... thinking... thinking... Oh well, can't really find the words. I really love it.
I guess I'll have to wait until the bloom completes to really address the name of the cultivar. In the mean time, I'm starting an ambitious labeling project to determine what I ordered (thanks to me remembering to keep the packing slips!!!) compared to what is blooming and what I know died (RIP Onesta and Figurine). Of course, mistakes in the order can happen!!!
Vancouver looks like a contender. Is it really, really velvet red? Mine is, but with yellow coming on in the center.
I noticed that a lot of dahlias look exactly alike as the bud & blossom are maturing, and they don't look like "themselves" until they've been out in the sun a few days. Kogane Fubuki I thought had a disease- it's first blossom was white this year- it has to sit for the pale orange & yellow to "color up". Hmm... just an observation.
I have one that I have been trying to identify, well maybe two. It was a pinkish yellow to start then faded to a sort of almost orangish yellow. then the second one but it is so generic that it could be anything.
It's taking over... the flower is almost 10". Here's the blossom and the 5' (and some inches) plant. Funny, since it had no tag and was a sickly-looking tuber, I stuck in a shady spot, away from the others, in my "Hospital" section of the garden.
Mary, I looked up those images of the dahlias you suggested, and they are both too pale- I love them, and they are more in line with what I usually choose. This is 9-alarm fire engine red for a main color; the reverse of the petals yellow, the petal tips yellow, and yellow bases. More deep magenta/purple veins are developing on each petal, too.
What would you say the form is? Semi Cactus, Stellar, or...?
I hope I get good tubers! That's why I'm adamant about finding the name. I guess it's "Melissa's Mystery" for now!
Are those you pictured Colorado Classic and Bodacious (in that order)? Do you have those? Gorgeous. Sigh. I have become a dahlia nut after years of having peonies at the top of the list. And peonies are so much less work here. Like none at all.
Hi, pirl! My dahlias are an overgrown jungle this year, I grew too many too close together. Things were slow at first, as July is dry and hot as a pattern lately. I used something called SuperThrive, it helped them grow, but I should have stopped using it before buds appeared, it seems it has hormones that encourage the green growth phase rather than flowering. I have flowers but they seem smaller for the most part, and some have had open centers right away. But still overall is much better than the last two years.
It turns out I have 3 of these!!! They must have been a Home Depot or Lowe's 3-fer clump that was mislabeled. Anyone who wants a tuber, I'll be happy to send one for trade/postage. Drop me a D-Mail. If 3 of them makes 3 clumps of tubers, I'm not going to save more than one or 2; that hopefully, leaves lots more. The blossoms are so big, they pull the plant over, stake and all. I try not to have too many of these AA's b/c one tropical storm wipes them out.
Xaktd, I would love to trade. I have over 100 dahlia's in my garden, only 1 that I am not going to save. Like Pril, I smile every time I go out and see the beauty. I have 1 with over 40 blooms, It is fabulous. It just keeps getting better. Love the pictures of all the dahlia's. Aren't they fun?
This is the plant about a month ago. Today it is loaded, and in the twilight it looks like velvet. The blooms are only 4" but it makes up with the amount of flowers.