Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: June 6th, 2013 "Gitt's Perfection"

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Jun 6, 2013 8:14 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
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Gitt's Pefection was introduced in 1997 by Nick Gitt's of Swan Island Dahlias. It's an A-sized informal decorative that's a light blend of Lavender/White (according to the ADS) but it's always been pink/white for me. The plant grows about 3.5' tall and blooms quite well for a plant providing 10" blooms on average. The distinctive pointed tips of the petals as well as the very symmetrical form of the very large pink/white blooms makes this one quite an eye-catcher in the garden. I never could get a very ample amount of tubers from the plant and keeping them over the winter seems to be very difficult for me personally. It's always been worth it for me to purchase the tubers because I always enjoy seeing the blooms up in the front of my garden. I've also noticed as the winter approaches and the days get cooler the blooms just bleach out to white.
Jun 6, 2013 8:31 AM CST
I have had this dahlia for two years now. Due to late planting and blooming times and unfortunate weather conditions, it has never bloomed, but I think I tucked about 14 of them into the garden yesterday, so I'm satisfied. They were a couple of inches tall. Let's see how it goes this year!
Jun 6, 2013 9:04 AM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Always a late bloomer for me too. It was so late that when our club had it as a challenge flower several years ago, only one scraggly bloom was at the show and it got no award. Our show is on Labor Day week end. At a show on the third week end in September, I saw the most amazing, fully pink, large(10+ inches in diameter) triple entry at a show. It was really a stunner.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Jun 6, 2013 9:56 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I planted this one this year..after seeing it at the shows I went to. Such a beauty! Maybe I should go move it into my sunniest spot, but it is in with the other pink ones. I think I better move it to the end of my pink rose bed that gets all day sun. Glad we are having this discussion. It only went in this week so I think I can still do that.

And I find this whole pink/lavender thing irritating. Pink covers so many shades from coral pinks through lavender pinks, but so many labeled lavender belong with the pinks to my eyes.
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Jun 6, 2013 10:22 AM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Names of Colors Incorrect: The ADS does not want to issue another color chart as the contract with the vendor for the last one went over budget and the printer said they would not do it again. Apparently printing swatches of exact colors is difficult. I mention this because if the ADS were to change the name of several of the colors on the current charts, they would probably have to print a new chart. As with many older organizations, it is easier to keep "status quo" than make changes. They feel that it is a minor issue as they look at the color chart as just a guide for the placement of show flowers in the proper classes. In the bigger picture, dahlia growers(many more than dahlia show people) are more interested in having the flowers described accurately into "color names" that are familiar to us here in North America. As you remember the color chart originated in Great Britain where they have a different definitions of color than here.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Jun 6, 2013 12:00 PM CST
Name: Cynthia
BG, KY USDA Zone 6b
Sanity = Dirt under your nails...
I am really excited to have this one this year, too - I like pink flowers. Its plant is really small, though, in comparison to the other tubers I planted at the same time, so hearing it is a late one makes me feel a bit better; it may just be slow.

All gardening is landscape painting.
- William Kent

Jun 6, 2013 1:35 PM CST
Name: steve stevanus
baltimore county maryland
Have never had a really good bloom from this one.
Steve S.
Jun 6, 2013 2:35 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Maybe it should be a challenge flower, LOL. IT certainly sounds Challenging!

I had not realized that other countries divide colors differently, though I did know that about Mandarin Chinese. MY Son adopted form Taiwan, did not understand our color names as a kindergartener (He was 6 when we adopted him), and someone who had lived there explained that they were more "Sky color, Water color, FIre color, etc. I wonder what kind of a name would be used for this dahlia? (New infant? Fading sunset,
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