GRITDIG 2008 Who's In It to Win It?

Issaquah, WA(Zone 7a)

I am sad to report that the recent unrelenting cold spell has not only completely frozen the DI tree, but the roots in soil are frozen solid despite 30 minutes of chipping away with various tools. I had to give up! Will have to order a new one for next year and definitely will for the sheer fun of growing them!

Inside, the top of the DI I cut off to see if buds will open, is looking bit by frost as well: blackening leaf tips and a couple little budlets have perished already. There seems to be a bit of opening on the one main bud LOL and my hope springs eternal that it may open to reveal some semblance of a bloom.

At least we finally froze in WA and may stay that way for many days to come. Hope our east coast dahlia maniacs are holding up okay with your wicked ice storm- no fun at all. Stay warm!

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

o no what a bummer about the DI plant. I am a springy eternal hoper too so I will cross all fingers and toes for your main bud.

West Caldwell, NJ(Zone 6b)

Anyone ever grown dahlia excelsa tree dahlia? I read its supposed to flower two months earlier than imperialis.

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

How's that bud doing Pooch? I imagine it isn't doing much or we might have heard about it!

Dahlia excelsa has a history of confusion, as with some other species. I think I may have one amongst my species dahlia mix, it flowers late but usually does flower but I don't remember seeing it this year! I'm sure it's still growing well and alive but our year has been dreadful. It grows to around 5 feet high.

There's a pic on this site here selling it, they got it from a specialist. It does look much like mine, the flowers are vivid pink and tend to droop, with broad petals.

West Caldwell, NJ(Zone 6b)

That's funny, David Hill was the one who started the thread in the Yahoo dahlia group on the subject. He is doing some neat hybrid work on tree dahlias. Its a great group, plenty of luminaries in the field.

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

Lol, there's a Yahoo group for everything! I hadn't come across that one though.

I must say the pic on that site shows the flowers a little more double looking than mine is. I don't have a pic on this computer but I know I posted it on a thread a long time ago, will see if I can find it.

Lincoln, United Kingdom(Zone 8a)

OK I found my D. excelsa look-alike, this was in 2005.

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Issaquah, WA(Zone 7a)

Christmas Greetings, all. I was trying to post last night but another power failure hit. We have enjoyed about the whitest Christmas I care to with more snow than in memory; digging out cars, shovelling down the long driveway to get people on their way and worst of all: a thermocube in the tuber room that isn't kicking in on cue in our cold spell, so all dahlias had to be moved indoors. Yikes. Lots of exercise there.

Janet, I had to toss my DI top, cut off and in a vase, along with several trunk sections I thought I'd try to root. The buds were turning hopelessly black along with leaf edges- it had no future. So DI effort 2008 is officially over and I'm claiming Daisyruffles the winner! Congratulations on a great display, Carol!

I've been following the yahoo thread for years too, and there are some great growers posting useful information there, so perhaps people would care to join in or just lurk and learn. I like the sounds of the dahlia tree that tends to bloom much earlier than the DI- worth looking into.

So happy holidays all- stay safe and healthy!
DI-less in Seattle :(

Calgary, AB(Zone 3a)

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays all my beluved dahlia friends. Pooch, Tillys and I were just oooing over the snow in the PNW on another thread. Funky weirdness. First time in Canada that we had a white Christmas coast to coast since 1971. Stay warm Pooch and hope the power problems are resolved.

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