This sport of "Ballego's Glory" was introduced in 1951 by Dick Beyerle. It won the Derrill Hart medal in 1949. I believe it is a B-sized informal decorative dark blend of purple and white.
It's definitely a garden standout and grows to about 3.5' to 4" tall and gives a moderate amount of blooms. The tubers are quite difficult to keep over the winter which makes it quite hard to find any vendors that offer it. I've grown it for the past 3 years and will always grow it if I can manage to keep the tubers or find an available tuber from the few vendors left that sell it. Try it, you'll like it!
This is the cultivar that has me so interested in growing Bradly Aaron and Canby Centennial... Half the size of this one, without the split tips. Couldn't get Sellwood Glory this time around, so I'll just have to settle with the other two.
For several years(probably in the 1950s) Sellwood Glory was a "challenge" flower at the Portland Dahlia Society show and there was a large revolving trophy awarded to the winner. When we grew it about 12 years ago, garden visitors would pick it out as one of their favorites in the garden. Most people lose their stock after a year or two and we were no exception.
For several years, it was sold in the Dutch pots tuber racks at the stores under a slightly different name, probably it was misspelled by the Dutch when they got it. This is another flower that you should grow for a year or two and be amazed by it's beauty. There is no other dahlia that I know of that has the color scheme of purple with picotee edges in white. Not a vigorous grower but does well enough to get some fantastic flowers. Remember that the dahlia was first a red and yellow seedling in about 1930 and sported many years later to purple and white. It is in the same age bracket as Thomas Edison and Jersey Beauty(another all time classic).
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
I have a lot tubers from this one: I've been growing it for about 4 years now. I wish I hadn't lost my pictures of it when my computer crashed last year (over 4,000 photos lost). It is truly a gorgeous flower! I'm starting it early this year and will post pictures in the fall. The name IS confusing: I've seen it as Sellwood Glory, See Wood Glory and Sea Wood Glory. (What's in a name?...)
Hmmm - I'll keep a close eye on all your progress reports and pictures this season and maybe try it next year. Hopefully someone will have a tuber or two to trade. Any special secrets for keeping it Kim?
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Well I decided that Sellwood Glory would be one of the ones that I plant more than one of, so I planted one of 'extra' tubers I made when I cut the pot tuber in half to complete a foursome of purples. I surely hope to goodness that I get a few tubers for having planted half a pot tuber and a single besides!
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- William Kent
C DG, I was sure my Sellwood Glory wasn't going to grow because there was no action around the odd looking top of the tuber. I removed it from the pot and almost dropped it in surprise! There was another tuber forming down below that one and a growth sprout an inch long and fat and juicy heading up from there, almost to the surface! They don't grow like that! I never saw one grow from a tuber below the main tuber and produce a sprout before! But I think it is going to do just fine! I am so excited! Thanks for the chance to try this one!
And underneath it was another tuber that was sending up a stalk! I think I may have chosen the wrong woody portion on the tuber as the "Stem end" So now I have Riches Galore, 2 where I didn't think I would have one!
I compared Bradley Aaron with Sellwood Glory last season, and SG was shorter and smaller sized blooms, but was strikingly more beautiful, in my humble opinion. BA was nice, and I look forward to growing it again, but I'd grab a SG tuber before a
BA tuber any day of the week.