Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: July 23rd, 2013 "Carmen Lotus"

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Imageedewitt
Jul 23, 2013 2:02 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Dahlia of the... well I finally got around to it.

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The different years from each picture - Pic #1: 2010 (Panasonic DMC-FZ18), Pic #2: 2013 (Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS), Pic #3: 2012 (Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XS), Pic #4: 2011 (Panasonic DMC-FZ18)

Carmen Lotus is a pink and white double novelty (although it was first classified as a waterlily) introduced in 2004 by John and Carmen Sullivan. The blooms can get up to 6-7" in size for me. The plant generally gets about 3.5-4' tall for me and it produces quite a few tubers although they're quite small I've managed to keep quite a few the past 3 years I've grown. And like a majority of my plants, it's one of my favorites. If I recall correctly they make for nice cutflowers.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 23, 2013 2:40 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Very exotic pink flower. It can be a much darker pink than your pictures. It would be a waterlily except it has too many rows of florets and the outline of the florets is too sharp. Also, although not a fault, it is larger than most waterlilies. If you love pink flowers, this is a good one.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Jul 23, 2013 2:47 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I like that 3rd picture a lot. I think I might want to try this flower...I am determined to get my customers to buy pink flowers, LOL... I am hoping Hollyhill Cotton Candy, Hart's Tickled Pink, might do it but this would be a nice addition to the list.
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Imageteddahlia
Jul 23, 2013 4:25 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Pink was all the rage 15 or 20 years ago. I remember having several pinks and pink blends that we sold. Orchid Lace, April Dawn, Rebecca Lyn, Chilsons Pride, Gay Princess, and purple blends too like Kenora Ontario.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Jul 23, 2013 5:59 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I wonder when pink will come around again...can I start a trend...not but what I love other colors but I hate to see the pink ones being ignored! Isn't it about the ONLY color that is not popular?

Typically it is like the call I got today..".We are having a dinner party and I would like masses of bright colored dahlias..dahlias really speak to those intense colors of summer don't you think..."

Suddenly in the next 2 weeks I have a wedding, a dinner party, and the lady who owns my stand location wants me to put out flowers every day..., as well as the Saturday Market...and people are still coming in off the streets wanting plants...I think this dahlia thing may be getting out of control! Or could I make enough to hire the help I could use...its getting crazy!
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ImageFLflowerboy
Jul 23, 2013 7:58 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Congrats Noni on the surge in dahlia activity. Sixteen years ago I started my own business and did all the work myself. Then I hired an employee and really multiplied my efforts. Would a part-time assistant ever be feasible?
"What is a weed?" asked Peppa Pig. "A weed is a cheeky plant growing in the wrong place!" replied Grandpa Pig.
ImageIslander
Jul 23, 2013 9:34 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Well, my computer just deleted several paragraphs as I was writing...darn!

As I was saying.....I might well consider this for next year if I could find the right person. Another option is the WOOF program. MY daughter is very enthusiastic about being a WOOFer host. It stands for World Organization of Organic Farming...or something like that.

The way it works is, You sign up to be a host family and people interested in learning how to do any task dealing with Organic Farming sign up to come work with you for a particular time. You don't have to pay them anything but provide board and room, and promise to teach them how to do the tasks. IN exchange they work with you for about half a day every day. THey usualy sign up for 10 days to 2 weeks at a time.

My daughter has hosted some lovely people who remain good friends with them when they move on. THey have only had to boot a couple of kids over several years...kids that just wanted to get away from home for a bit but weren't really mature enough to do it. IN return they have learned all kinds of fascinating stories and techniques for doing things from their WOOFers. Just haven't been sure that this was right for my family...But I might be willing to give it a try. You do have to be using organic principles, but you don't have to be certified organic.
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ImageMaryNZ
Jul 25, 2013 7:44 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

WWOOFers - Used to stand for Willing Workers On Organic Farms... but not all were willing, apparently. Now WWOOF stands for World Wide Opportunities On Organic Farms. Our friends used to have a lot of them, so have many stories to tell. Domestic friendliness varied from the one who still writes weekly many years after the fact, to the one who set their child's hair on fire. Horticultural usefulness spanned a similar spectrum, I gather.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
ImageIslander
Jul 25, 2013 8:00 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Oh yes!

You do get to interview them via the internet or phone. I think my daughter has only had to send 2 or 3 home early. One was a pair of late adolescent males who just thought it would get them out of their boring old homes and they could play around (Broke several expensive hand forged garden tools in their very brief stay). I think another was a middle aged office worker who found that she just didn't have the physical health and strength to fulfill her part of the bargain and regretfully threw in the towel after a couple of days. But then there have been the ones with great ideas and of their own that add to the farm, and others with wonderful stories to share, and the ones who single mindedly tackle a chore like building a small shed and find great joy in it...Some have as much to teach as to learn. I guess you really have to like Other people to do this.

Sometimes I am not sure I like other people that much.... Whistling
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