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ImageClearCreekDahlias
Oct 2, 2013 11:48 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
This year was both a good and bad year for growing dahlias. Last year there was too little rain, this year too much. That and an early frost in September, followed by two others before the month ended made for an early end to the growing season. The only upside is that I won't be digging tubers in December!

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AC Clouds and Rain, not quite opened.

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Procyon
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Oct 2, 2013 12:18 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
More photos to share! Now that the season has wound down, I can catch up on documenting as many dahlias as I possibly can from this summer.

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Bryn Terfel. Takes DAYS to open! A monster bloom, and parent of Emory Paul.


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Dark Magic. New for me this year. Great for cut and show, prolific bloomer. Got an Award of Merit At the New York State Fair this year! The picture doesn't do it justice.

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Taratahi Ruby. Another new flower, and great for show and cut. Lots of blue ribbons this summer with it.

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Kaleidoscope. One of my all time favorites. Show winner and great cut. I've been growing it for about eight years now. Colors get paler toward the end of the season.

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Maria Schnugg. The seed parent of Honka. Another good show and cut flower. Sometimes called Honka Rood or Red Honka.


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Bluetiful. The name says it all.
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ImageClearCreekDahlias
Oct 2, 2013 12:23 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
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My prolific garden NOID. Lavender, FD, BB. Great cut flower.

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Nita is busting out all over.

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Sea Cascabel showing its amazing color.

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A whole lot of Elsie Huston.
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Oct 3, 2013 1:17 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
The inhabitants of one of our Dahlia Society member's gardens.

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Emory Paul


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Wyn's Bewitched

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Tropical

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Kidd's Climax

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Cynthia Huston
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ImageDahliaGardener
Oct 17, 2013 8:53 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
Hey, I found you!!! These are really great, Kim!

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageClearCreekDahlias
Nov 6, 2013 4:48 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Thanks, DG! Check out my Facebook album for more photos. Still have about a hundred more to post, plus dig up all the tubers before the weather gets really... well, you know.

I will be working on my Cubits store once the harvest is done. Gotta sell some tubers to make way for more varieties!
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Nov 6, 2013 4:54 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
The Dahlia harvest started out with a whimper. No problems with digging or anything like that, but someone vandalized my water pump, making it difficult to wash tubers. Now THAT really annoys me!
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Wyn's Radiant Star tubers
ImageDahliaGardener
Nov 6, 2013 8:03 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
It stinks that someone would vandalize your pump. Hope it's fixed soon so you can continue your harvest with less frustration!

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageClearCreekDahlias
Nov 25, 2013 7:30 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Still digging the dahlias! The weather has been against me for two weeks now, and we're expecting 10" of snow Tuesday night. I will be digging like a fiend tomorrow! :-). Yes, that's snow on the tubers.
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ImageClearCreekDahlias
Nov 28, 2013 1:26 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
The dahlia store is starting to take shape! New varieties are being added every day, and I will start taking orders after Christmas. It's right here on Cubits and yes, you can pay with Pay Pal.

There are some great wholesale lots, and some varieties that are in clearance (yes, it's sad to say "goodbye" to some of these varieties, but there's only so much room in the garden, and I've got to make room for new varieties!).
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Nov 30, 2013 5:29 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Still digging the dahlias. A foot of snow and sub freezing temperatures have really slowed the harvest down. Hopefully this week temps will be back to normal (low 40s) so I can finish digging.
ImageDahliaGardener
Dec 8, 2013 4:04 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
How're you doing with digging? Still really cold and icky?

It got really cold (for us) here, too, and I just went out in the snow and dug about 60 varieties. Not fun to try digging holes in frozen ground!

Do you mulch so you don't lose your crowns?

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageClearCreekDahlias
Dec 13, 2013 11:22 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Right now, there's two feet of snow on the ground, with more on the way. I still have a few rows to get up, but when temps are in the teens and twenties, it's just too cold to dig! The only good news is that all that snow keeps the tubers (and the ground) from freezing!
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Jan 13, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Well, the last of the dahlias came out of the ground the Sunday after Christmas. Finally the task was done.

I've been posting a lot of photos and comments on the Clear Creek Dahlia Facebook page. Between Cubits the dahlia blog, and Facebook, I only have time to keep up with one of them, and Facebook seems to be the easiest to post to. And Facebook is the easiest to use with my Android phone!
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Mar 18, 2014 7:33 AM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Almost sold out if most of my dahlia varieties now. Best sellers this year were Penhill Yellow Queen, Cafe au Lait, and Juanita! Old timers rule!

New dahlias for 2014 I am excited about growing:

Snoho Storm
AC Papa
Hollyhill Moonsong
Sarah Mae
Darla
Jackie Evangelista
Windhaven Brulee
Omega
GH Lammerse
Vesuvius
Fiaker
Siddhartha
Millennium
Sandia War Bonnet
Bode
Kari Blue
Knee Deep
Karma Orfeo
Clearview Daniel
Maggie C
All the River's seedlings
Dagmar
Bronze Harlequin
Nine Eleven



ImageDahliaGardener
Mar 18, 2014 9:10 AM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
Oooh! I can see why you're excited!! Hooray!

Have fun! I'm really looking forward to those pictures!

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

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