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ImageIslander
Dec 3, 2014 5:21 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
ACK..... DREW!

Hmmm, I think they are freeze dried Big Grin Or rather, turning to nice brown compost. Makes my heart pitter pat to just think of that order Hilarious!

Yeh, where are dahlias in the winter when you NEED them, darn it!

I feel lucky that I got in on Medusoid! I wasn't too sold until I saw the difference between the 3 blooms you showed, Ted, then realized it would be a lot of fun. Does it have the same problems with bright sun that Joker's Wild did for me? Shall I find a shadier spot for it?

You aren't selling Joker's Wild this year are you? I ended up with so many tubers from my 3 plants! I may plant a few in a shadier area because I sure do enjoy it, but not as a hot summer market flower. Its so tall that it would be nice at the back of a border...that is what I will sell it to my customers for, at the market. I will tell them how tall and fun it is.
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Imageteddahlia
Dec 3, 2014 6:36 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Medusoid did not burn very much at all in the sun. Very fun flower. Better than Jokers Wild if you like incurved cactus.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Dec 3, 2014 7:51 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
My favorite dahlia shape Big Yellow Grin
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ImageClearCreekDahlias
Dec 4, 2014 12:13 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
Santa Claus made it as my cover photo on my Facebook page.

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P.S. I love Bert Pitt as well.

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Imageteddahlia
Dec 4, 2014 12:59 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Bert Pitt is an oldie but goodie. My wife used to cross it with better flowers but nothing ever came of it.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageBenny101
Dec 4, 2014 3:49 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
Irish Blackhart is a very nice garden variety , I noticed it at the show but it was no where near the head table and I saw no ribbons on it . As a cutter it does ok not the best or worst . It grew to only 3.5' and made almost no pollen and no seed so it's not my cup of tea but honestly was quite attractive in the garden .
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Imagejamiebrn
Dec 4, 2014 7:29 PM CST
Name: Jamie
Columbus, OH
I love the Santa Claus CC posted to start this thread!
Jamie
ImageIslander
Dec 4, 2014 8:20 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Irish Blackhart does vary a lot and I think that it is charming. I especially liked the solid or almost solid dark ones of it. I agree, it is not a great cut flower but fine to take inside for a few days on a table top to enjoy. Its a very pretty garden flower too.
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ImageCCvacation
Dec 4, 2014 10:33 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Jamie, that's actually Noni's image from the west coast. Mine, grown on the
East Coast, is a little further down... Very different look, same variety!

Wedding Wyoming did the same kind of thing in each of our gardens... Noni's has longer flowing petals, and mine are much more tame and boring. Interesting.
CC
ImageIslander
Dec 4, 2014 11:12 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Irish Blackhart does vary a lot and I think that it is charming. I especially liked the solid or almost solid dark ones of it. I agree, it is not a great cut flower but fine to take inside for a few days on a table top to enjoy. Its a very pretty garden flower too.
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ImagePNWGal
Dec 5, 2014 2:26 AM CST
Name: Linda
Portland OR, zone 8b
That's one of the things I find fascinating about dahlias - how different the same variety can be depending on growing conditions. I would hardly have guessed that Noni's & CC's were the same variety. I like the longer wavy petals better myself, so I want to figure out how to encourage that.
ImageIslander
Dec 5, 2014 10:22 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Gee, do you realize this means we have to try out EVERY DAHLIA OUT THERE to see how it looks in our own gardens... Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageIslander
Dec 5, 2014 10:23 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
And then next year we will have different weather conditions and a different look on them..
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ImageCCvacation
Dec 5, 2014 10:36 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Kim, does your Santa Claus look more like mine or Noni's, since you are on my side of the country? I believe you've grown it for several years... Does it change its look for you, and have you noticed the orangish hue in the fall?
CC
Imageteddahlia
Dec 5, 2014 12:16 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Santa Claus has been immortalized as one of the all time best flowers of it's type and the originator was honored at an ADS National show. But its is a bit old and maybe someone will come up with a better one. Meanwhile, I think it is pretty darn good.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageCCvacation
Dec 5, 2014 3:46 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Check out Park's picture of
FELIDA STARS & STRIPES
ST BI R/W
3' US 2001 4.00

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CC
Imageteddahlia
Dec 5, 2014 3:53 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Yes, Felida Stars and Stripes is really is that nice and I have seen it many times. Eric Toedtli originated it and lost all his stock for several years. Christy Parks had it and gave some stock back to Eric. It is another that gets virus but when healthy is outstanding. .
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageClearCreekDahlias
Dec 5, 2014 4:30 PM CST
Western New York State
Dahlias! Dahlias! Dahlias!
CC, I think Noni got hers from me. I remember sending a few tubers out in trades to cubits members a couple of years ago. I've never noticed any orange on it. The form gets a little flatter in hot dry weather, but that's about it.

Yes, I have had this stock for a long time. I don't even remember where I got it from. :-)

I will hop on the computer later and post some of my Santa Claus photos.
ImageIslander
Dec 5, 2014 5:36 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
AH ha! Now you all know where to go to find some more! I only had 5 tubers off of mine though I suspect some more are among the noids. Only one plant was tagged when my assistant dug them, though from the number of blooms I had I suspect I had at least 3 plants together. I am planning to plant at least 3 myself next year, but if anyone can't get them from Clear Creek I can try to root cuttings off them for you. I will probably be doing that for my Market anyhow. I can label it "Top Notch Stock" :-) Sure hope mine stays the lovely bright red!

What are some other dahlias with this shape and the wavy petals? I loved watching this one and would like more colors in it. It is also a nice size for working with ...bb I believe..

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ImageCCvacation
Dec 5, 2014 5:57 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
A 'few,' you say, Kim? Rolling on the floor laughing in my recollection, your box contained a TOUCH more then a 'few!' My patch doubled in size that year.
CC

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