Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: May 24th, 2013 "Hollyhill Spiderwoman"

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Imageedewitt
May 24, 2013 10:26 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
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Introduced in 2005 by Ted & Margaret Kennedy, Hollyhill Spiderwoman is a double novelty with a darkblend of purple & white. The blooms on average for my garden are about 5.5"-6" in diameter and the plant reaches about 3.5'-4' in height. Although it's not a great tuber maker for me I continue to grow it because the blooms are so unique and prolific so I'll continue buy it every year if necessary. The stems don't get very long on my plants so I haven't really attempted to see how well they keep as cutflowers. This one's a mainstay in my garden and gets put up front where everyone passing by can see it.

The first two pictures are from my Samsung camera in 2010 and the third picture is from my Canon Rebel XS from last year and is quite a bit more true to color than the other two photos.

addicted
May 24, 2013 4:31 PM CST
Name: Em
NY
What a unique bloom, edewitt! I love seeing them growing in a garden setting. Amazing how the different cameras "see" things. I often have trouble getting purples - and some reds - to photograph the way I see them.
Em in NY
Dahlias -- the gift that keeps on giving!
ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 24, 2013 6:32 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
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I plan to have this one in my garden too, if only some of those tubers cooperate again this year. They don't look like they are going to do anything, but last year, a couple of those that went into the hole did produce. The color of mine is more like the picture on the right. And it's a 10 on the Phyllis dahlia scale of 1-10. Just hope one of those tubers grows for me!
ImageDahliaGardener
May 24, 2013 7:48 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
I bought one this year, and am really excited to see it grow. I am hoping to take a piece of it and make a pot tuber, as Ted suggested we do with some that may be a little more difficult to keep going. If I can do that, I may be okay with it for next year, too. Smiling

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageIslander
May 25, 2013 10:03 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I found a sprouted tuber after thinking the non productive tuber was all I had of it. I'm excited about growing it too and think it will be a good attention getter at my Farmer's Market stand. It looks like a lot of fun. How long has anyone had it last in a bouquet? Does it last as long as others? I think of the spidery ones as being more short term "Event" flowers.
Salish Dahlias
Imageedewitt
May 25, 2013 10:27 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Just judging from what Ted has posted of Magaret's arrangements that Hollyhill Spiderwoman in it, they do seem to add a bit of flair to the arrangement.
Imageteddahlia
May 25, 2013 12:30 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Spiderwoman lasts well in bouquets. I have heard of a person who sold it $1.00 per stem. It's biggest problem is that it has to be disbudded heavily.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
May 25, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I planted the Spiderwoman today! Its going to be fun just growing it! Can't wait to see it blooming in my own garden! I'll try to remember to do the dis-budding thing, Ted. I kind of like going out on a summer morning to dis-bud.
Salish Dahlias
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ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 26, 2013 10:17 AM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
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I planted about 4 tubers of it in a hole. I don't see an eye, but from experience, I know that isn't necessarily the case. Strange looking tubers to go with a beautifully unique variety! I hope mine come up! I could use two of HHSW.
Imagehonnat
May 27, 2013 7:36 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
Islander wrote: I kind of like going out on a summer morning to dis-bud.


I also find it the most enjoyable of the dahlia jobs.
ImageCCvacation
May 27, 2013 9:11 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Has anyone grown HH Spiderwoman and Wyn's Eekkk! at the same time? Any notable difference in growth, tuber performance, flower?

I've only grown the Wynne variety, and loved (and lost) it. They seem interchangeable to me, based on pictures...

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Both Wyns Eekkk!
CC
Imageluvflowers
May 27, 2013 9:43 PM CST
I love love love HHSW. It's such a beautiful flower! I have to grow it in my yard every year. I just wish the stems are longer but I learn from this thread to disbud for longer stems. :-) This year my HHSW leaves are light green, not dark green like Ed's, hope the flowers still turn out OK.

CC, Wyns Eeek has larger flowers and don't have as much little white petals in between the rows of purple petals.
ImageDahliaGardener
May 27, 2013 10:43 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
You don't have any trouble with keeping the tubers over the winter, Luvflowers? I have heard mixed reports about the difficulty of doing that.

I am just learning about disbudding (and topping), too. Good things to know!

C DG
All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

ImageRedmondPhyllis
May 28, 2013 9:58 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
Deer are beautiful if they don't e
I won't say that I have trouble keeping HHSW tubers over the winter . . . .I just have a tough time seeing where the eyes are. They are a strange shaped tuber, and usually if I put whatever tubers I've got in the ground, one will find what it takes to grow, but I've no clue where the eyes hide! Last year, I got two plants, and I gleefully moved #2 to another spot. Big Grin (I am very fond of HHSW!)
Imageluvflowers
May 29, 2013 3:08 AM CST
DG, luckily I don't have problems overwintering HHSW tubers. :-)

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