I took some more pics.
This picture is a seed/border dahlia with a godetia flower. I thought the combo was kind of good. Note the dark foliage on the dahlia.
Carol, your dahlias are lovely. Mine are just getting ready to open - I can hardly wait.
Is that a double godetia in the far left of your picture with the seedling dahlia? I have never seen a godetia that full. At first I thought it was a poppy but the leaves look like godetia leaves. It sure is a pretty combination of flowers.
Yes, as I wrote in the post, it is a godetia flower. I guess you could call it a double godetia since they bloom so prolifically. I have grown godetias for years and I really like them. I either start seeds in my work greenhouse and also throw out some seeds on the ground. They do reseed them self nicely too. But not too heavy like some other plants.
Thanks for your comments.
Will look forward to see your dahlias from OH.
Carol, Those dahlias are beautiful. I hope mine turn out that pretty. Some of mine are beginning to open finally too. If you'd like to see them talk to Mendy and see when she is going to bring some name tags down to Eugene and, if it fits your schedule, you are welcome too. That way I can pick both your brains.
Mendy did talk about seeing you soon to bring you the metal labels we all ordered together. I stopped by last week and looked her dahlias plus to get my metal labels too.
I just might do that, visit your garden this summer. Tell her that we can come together if it works out.
Thanks for looking at my dahlias. I am sure yours will look as pretty. My dahlias from Mendy which came from Lenjo (Joann) are just starting to open up now. So yours should be too soon.
When I lived in the Seattle area I grew a lot of godetias. I have a difficult time growing them here. We can get a killing frost as late as May 18 and yet temperatures can zoom to the 80's even in April. Godetias really struggle with the temperature extremes. I always have to start them inside and hope it will stay relatively cool towards the end of May after I plant them out. **sigh** It never does.
You know, my neighbor threw out some seeds last fall and they grew wonderfully this year. I am going to try that this fall. I don't know if it would help you to do that but I think they don't mind the cold treatment. Tho in OH you guys are very cold in the winter.
I am originally from Seattle. Love that city and miss it.
Yes, Godetias don't like it when the weather changes. Especially when it gets hot and then they really like their water, I have found out.
Yeah, we get a lot colder here in zone 5b. I think the record low (not counting wind chill) is -30 but the average winter has lows between -10 and -20. We usually have a few days in the 70's in January and some nights in the teens in April or early May. It is really hard on plants that like a long slow steady cool spring.
Mwaaaahahaaaa.....I am lurking here reading your conversation, Carol and Chad! ;-) Carol, you have mail! :-)
Pink Orchid has done this for me. Not quite as spectacularly though. This is really cool, Carol.
Since Mendy posted a picture of a dahlia bouquet before I could, I am just going to do mine anyways.
The one tall flower is peruvian lily tho.
I love to make bouquets with all kinds of flowers as long as I can. They are so pretty in the house.
Hope everyone is enjoying the pictures of the dahlias. I still have tons left that still haven't even started to bloom yet!
Carol, I really love the color of 'Frizzy Lizzy'! I'm glad you posted your bouquet pic too. It's beautiful! :-)
They are all beautiful, Carol. I'm going out right now to photograph Purple Gem becasue the sun should back light it perfectly at this time.
This guy was mislabeled by the person I received it from.
I think this a dinnerplate called 'Sparticus'. But will know more later when another one blooms.
Edited to say this is 'Sparticus'. I had the another plant that had the correct tag on it. I received a few tubers from gardeners and they didn't mark the plants right I am finding out. Is kind of interesting to see that.
This one is up for trade later. Is too big for me. It is a huge dinnerplate dahlia.
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YOu have lots of bloom, I am getting more and more all the time.
Your flowers are fabulous!!, what an amazing collection. If you're planning to dig and send Marie Schnugg to the compost heap send me a dmail. You've got some of the coolest colors!
Yes, Joann, I am getting more and more blooms too, each day. Finally!
DrDon, Thanks for your nice comments.
I still have lots more coming! It has finally warmed up so... They do like the heat and water tho.
My dahlias are finally coming along tho they are getting sunburned more than last year for some reason. I talked to a dahlia grower at the Farmers Market this morning and she said that she is having a terrible time with sunburn too. Especially with the whites and red colors blooms.