Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: "Alpen Diamond"

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Aug 15, 2011 10:33 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Released by the McClaren's in 2004 this lavender/white collarette dahlia is a bit distinctive from most collarettes with it's pointed petal tips. This is my first year growing it and if it's anything like the other Alpen releases I've grown it's most likely to be a very prolific bloomer.

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Aug 16, 2011 2:42 PM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
I like Alpen's flowers. I have met Bill McClaren a couple of times. One at a judging class and onece at a book signing. Good man. He sold Alpen a few years back but I think he still does hybrids through them.
Aug 20, 2011 10:02 PM CST
Name: Annie
Western WA Zone USDA 7b
Relax. It's only a small setback.
Love the shading from the collarette petals on this shot, and the outline of purple on those same petals.

I've only had one Alpen variety in white, forgot the name, lost it over winter, but it was a good bloomer. Bill McLaren's Encylcopedia of Dahlias book is a hallmark in the dahlia world, but quite spendy if new and in hardcover from Amazon.
Aug 22, 2011 2:58 PM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
Bill's Encyclopedia is a must to get you through the winter.

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