Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: May 5th, 2013 "Blah, Blah, Blah"

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Imageedewitt
May 5, 2013 2:49 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
DahliaGardener wrote:Thumb of 2013-05-04/DahliaGardener/e0f1e1

Introduced in 2010, Blah, Blah, Blah, described as 'an unusual golden beige' in color, may sound boring but is anything but. Growing to a respectable 4.5 to 5 feet, it continually produces strong stemmed blooms in an indescribable blend of apricot, lavender and pink until the cooler days of early autumn when the blossoms transform with the change in seasons, becoming a warm golden orange. In Southern Oregon, orphaned tubers, broken off the main clump unknowingly, have twice gone on to be surprise visitors in the garden the next year, growing and blooming just as vigorously as the parent plant.


Thanks for the submission, DahliaGardener.
ImageDahliaGardener
May 5, 2013 4:50 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
You're quite welcome. I did forget to mention that it is a good tuber-maker, it holds well in a vase, and the blend of colors do well with pretty much anything a person may want to pair it with.

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

addicted
May 5, 2013 6:40 PM CST
Name: Em
NY
Thanks, Cynthia! I ordered one this year and am anxious to see how it does on this side of the country. Thumbs up
Em in NY
Dahlias -- the gift that keeps on giving!
ImageIslander
May 5, 2013 10:10 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I received a nice supply of these in trades, and am looking forward to playing artist with them! They sound like just the kind of dahlia I enjoy, one that shifts its colors with the seasonal changes, but each variation is interesting. If it is this prolific I Hope some of my customers like the muted shifting colors too!
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ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 22, 2013 10:33 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
I confess that the name "blah blah blah" was no selling point to this dahlia enthusiast. Now, I think I'm interested. A little late for this year . . ..
ImageDahliaGardener
May 22, 2013 11:08 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
...but Swan Island is having a sale starting Friday? Hilarious! (Please, don't ask me how I know that... Rolling on the floor laughing ... actually, depending on how good the sale is, I'm going to try to replace a couple of varieties that don't look as good as they should this year.)

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 23, 2013 8:24 AM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
It's my chance to replace Jennifer's Wedding too. And how did I know about that sale too!

A couple years ago, Accent sent out an e-mail to people who had bought from him that he was having a sale . . . more like a garage sale. I picked up several! He hasn't notified me of this sale since . . . I think it was because he had the leftovers of his club tubers (set up next to his tubers for $1/each) that year and thought his tubers might attract more people. It worked for me! I bought Accent tubers, my friend that I brought along was more bargain minded and bought the $1 specials.
ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 26, 2013 10:17 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
Dang! I waited until I had the chance to go through all of my boxes. Tonight, I sat down to complete my order. Blah Blah Blah had been removed from my list . . . all sold out. Crying oh well Shrug! Next year. Rolling my eyes.
ImageDahliaGardener
May 26, 2013 10:36 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
Next year, Phyllis, if you'll remind me, I'll just send you one. I couldn't this year as I had given my last sprouted one away right before you said you'd like one...

I have unidentified dahlias growing in the same general area that it was last year, and I'll bet that's who they are, but until they bloom I won't know for sure. If it is another orphaned BBB, I will have lots of tubers, again. Smiling

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 27, 2013 10:09 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
That's thoughtful Cynthia! My club seems to always sell that one so I'll get one next year with no problem. It's just late in the season. I snoozed, I lost. Shrug!
ImageIslander
Oct 30, 2013 8:47 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Interesting looking back on this discussion from the end of my first season with it. Here are my observations after a first season with it:

It is probably the most vigorous dahlia I grew this year. Plant was already growing nicely when I received it in trade. It took off and rapidly grew to about 6' in height and big and bushy. In our marine cooled air the color was very different then described..it never lightened to the pale pinkish beige that others are showing, IT remained a golden caramel color, almost brassy at times. It produced what seemed like millions of flowers.

I did not, however, find it a good cut flower. It lasted, but the petals bruised easily in transport, with every bruise, doing like human bruises do, and turning brown and grey where the injury occurred. I took many to market and ended up throwing away most of them.

I'll be keeping this dahlia, but moving it to my bed of brown-town roses and other flowers where it was absolutely gorgeous all summer.Thumb of 2013-10-30/Islander/6524c4
Thumb of 2013-10-30/Islander/d6fd8f In real light it was never this soft a color....

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