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ImagePNWGal
Dec 4, 2014 5:34 PM CST
Name: Linda
Portland OR, zone 8b
My Mom had a bush of Midnight Moon one year so covered with flowers I thought it was a hydrangea at first glance!
ImageBenny101
Dec 4, 2014 6:02 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
We started MM early and planted two plants about 12" apart also creating a bushy effect that was very nice . I noticed the blooms to be quite sunlight sensitive , the blooms on the shaded North side had a much more pronounced blush , the South side and older blooms were significantly more white , some were even 50/50 where one half a bloom would be white the other side would blush a bit .
That being said we really liked it overall and used it quite a bit in our personal bouquets .
ImageIslander
Dec 4, 2014 6:16 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Talking about white dahlias, the one I go to every time for a white cut flower is that prolific snowstorm of white, called Blizzard. Nothing seems to phase if for long,it doesn't burn in the sun, it makes a zillion flowers on a good sturdy bush. They hold up well in bouquets and lasts right through the season. Thumb of 2014-12-05/Islander/adae36 . It is classed as a miniature but its on the larger side of miniatures.
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anniecan
Dec 4, 2014 6:35 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN TH
I need to try Blizzard. If the bugs eat some, it sounds as if there will be plenty more blooms let on the plant.
MM definitely goes in am sun only around here.
ImageIslander
Dec 4, 2014 6:42 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I am pretty sure I could share some Blzzard with you. I got it from someone else here so it is a "Cubits variety" Smiling
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anniecan
Dec 5, 2014 5:32 AM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN TH
Thanks Noni Thumbs up
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Dec 18, 2014 10:25 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Love Blizzard! I've had it for years and traded out a lot of it. Great for show or cut, lots of tubers. I have traded out a lot of it, and everyone who grows it loves it.

Other whites I like:

Fleur
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L'Ancresse
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LuLu Island Art
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Imagetodgor
Dec 19, 2014 10:45 PM CST
Name: Tod Gordon
West Caldwell, NJ
Lulu Island Art is definitely a favorite of mine - so very neat and organized in appearance.

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Imagehonnat
Dec 19, 2014 10:55 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
After mulling over the AC list, I'm really drawn to AC Casper and may just have to fork out the $ to try it. I used to avoid all whites like the plague because of severe bug issues. The bugs on the urban farm are much more controllable than in the middle of the corn fields; so I'm willing to take the risk.
ImageIslander
Dec 20, 2014 12:14 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I will be interested in how that works out for you. I agree that Casper is a lovely flower! I am so hoping KA's Cloud give me my moneys worth in entertainment and makes copious tubers next year :-). It will certainly be the most expensive plant I have ever gotten and I think I will start some cuttings off it and pot tubers as back up . I am counting on my ducks to keep the flower clean of most any destructive bugs. Right now I am pasturing my chicken flock in the empty dahlia garden. They have cleaned up the weedy blueberry patch so nicely that it looks mowed! The chickens can only lunch here when the dahlias are not sharing it with them...
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Imageteddahlia
Dec 20, 2014 9:34 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I have gotten a rooted cutting from Corrolitos and placed it into a 4 inch pot and grew it under the lights or even better in a heated greenhouse(better light) until it was about 12 inches tall. I then took leaf cuttings, about 4 or 5 and put it back into the greenhouse and took a couple more a couple of weeks later. The original plant was still very useable and I planted it with about 3 of the cuttings in the garden. The other plants(the smaller ones) were made into pot tubers. You need to get the plant shipped to you before April 1st, or earlier if you have time to do this. I have done this many times with plants I have gotten from people. I hate planting just one of anything in the garden as it often get overlooked or gets crowded out.

I talked to the originator about KA's Cloud tuber production. It makes 2-4 tubers per plant and that is just a bit below average but acceptable.

Lulu Island Art is the white sport of Trengrove Millenium that has won best in show at two ADS National shows. I have not seen Lulu Island Art winning as much as the original but maybe the right people have not yet grown it.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Dec 20, 2014 10:26 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I'm ahead on this game, TED Big Grin I asked for mine to be send early in March (Actually all my orders) and that is exactly what I do...I can hardly wait for March to be out in my greenhouse sprouting things and taking cuttings...

Speaking of which, I found a little HH Paris still in its coir pot abandoned somewhere last spring. I stuck it in the greenhouse and watered it when I watered my amaryllis and that thing is now 12" tall and looking beautifully healthy! I am not sure quite what to do with it! I hate to let it die when it wants so much to live but its going to have some dark cold days out there before March! I guess we will just see what happens with it. Its popping up much better then the amaryllis are. Maybe I should keep pinching it back?
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Imageteddahlia
Dec 20, 2014 11:04 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Maybe I should keep pinching it back? Keeping dahlias going over the Winter months is difficult. We found that fungus and insects became a bigger problem when the plants are not growing fast. We kept some plants alive on the kitchen window ledge a couple of different times. Both times they got powdery mildew but it did not kill them. I trimmed and sprayed them well before putting them into the greenhouse in the Spring and took cuttings from them. One of the plants gave early powdery mildew to the neighboring plants in the garden but spray cured it easily. Was it worth it? One was a rooted cutting from a second year seedling that made no tubers. We were able continue to evaluate it and if it had been the "cats pajamas" we would have been happy. However, it was just another seedling and in reality was not nearly as good as we thought. That is pretty normal: we tend to fall in love with first year seedlings and the second year find out they are not that good.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Dec 20, 2014 11:32 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Ah well, I can live without this little survivor but its mighty cheerful to see a dahlia thriving anywhere right now. Maybe I will just "Observe" it and see what it does. Just was reading that our summer is supposed to be as warm or warmer this coming year as last year. Got your shade-cloth area figured out, Ted?
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ImageBenny101
Dec 24, 2014 7:42 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
I decided to give L'Ancresse a try this year and included it in an order along with a couple tubers of Magic Moment and a backup tuber of Snoho Storm .
ImageDarcyD
Dec 26, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Blizzard and Snoho Storm were two of my favorite whites this year. Blizzard produced gobs of flowers on really long stems. Snoho Storm was just so much fun, loved it.
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Dec 26, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Blizzard is a great cut flower and does well at the shows too.Long vase life. I know I traded some out through Cubits. Good tuber producer

Snoho storm is also a great cut and show flower. Long vase life.
I love L'Ancresse. When it blooms, it is fabulous for cut and show but here, it is not a continuous bloomer, rather it tends to bloom in waves. Long vase life. Good tuber producer.

Best new white flower for me this year: Lulu Island Art. Great form, cut and show, and lots of blooms. Long vase life. Moderate tuber producer.

The only other two white flowers I grow are Fleur and Snowbound. Both great cut and show, good vase life. Good tuber producers.

Just reacquired Wyn's Ghostie this year. Late bloomer here.

Snoho Storm. These are cell phone photos. I have some better ones somewhere.

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Imageteddahlia
Dec 26, 2014 2:14 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Many of the pictures of Blizzard have green centers. I am thinking about trying it as it does make lots of tubers and that is good trait to acquire. When I first started growing dahlias, my least favorite color was white and I could not understand why anyone would want a white flower. I like them better now.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Dec 26, 2014 3:06 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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Ted, I never noticed green centers with mine...the one with the lilac center looming over the others in the bottom pic is Irish Ruffles from the Boleys.
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ImageIslander
Dec 26, 2014 3:24 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Is anyone here growing AC Twist? It sort of fell into my shopping basket during one of my orders...don't even remember which one now! Pictures or expectation I should have for it? Any special needs?
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