First one is the beds all tilled and ready, with the Hilltop cuttings in pots. Then Brandy Bay, Almand Joy, Big Checkers, Hilltop Emily, Camano Bram, something billed as Grand Prix but more like Seattle, not sure, Ms Prissy, Kidd's Climax, Pennsgift, Almand Joy, two of Kelvin Floodlight, Pennhill Watermelon.
AC Ring of Fire, Miss Delilah, Papageno, AC Aquarius, Clearview Snowcap (I think), Pennsgift, not sure, a group shot, not sure, Zorro, Lulu Island Art, group shot, not sure, might be AC G & L, a group shot with AC Kahuna.
First was supposed to be Santa Claus, but it is Red Empire. Then Belle of Barmera, unknown, and two of Clearview Daniel, Hollyhill Black Beauty, two of Hollyhill Icarus, might be Bonaventure, unknown, G&M-T&T, Camano Bram, 3 unknowns.
Tod, thank you so much for the eye candy. What I would give to have that much planting space. I had seen your video a while back and had a few questions. How closely do you plant? Do you pinch out to encourage branching? Your plants look so healthy.
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends"-Kazuko Okakura
I plant 20" apart. I would like them to be farther apart, but it allowed more plants. I top them and take off the side buds. I hate to sound like a commercial, but I used Spray n Grow Perfect Blend kit foliar feed on them most every week, it really helped a lot.
Unknown, Kelvin White, La Luna, Taum Sauk, Andriana with Belle of Barmera, Andriana, Belle of Barmera, two unknowns, Fleurel, Kenora Sunset, Kelvin Floodlight, Lulu Island Art, AC Kahuna, unknown, Belle of Barmera.
Hart's Blood Red (I think), Papageno, group shot, Penhill Yellow Queen, AC Aquarius, Hollyhill Icarus, Hollyhill Black Beauty, Clearview David, two group shots, two of more of Clearview David, group shot, not sure, Purple Taiheiyo.
AC G & L, AC Kuntz, Fidalgo Snowman, maybe Vanquisher, Eva Luna, Purple Taiheiyo, maybe Spartacus, Alpen Pauline, Survivor, two of Lulu Island Art, not sure, White Perfection, maybe Penhill Yellow Queen, Clearview David (yet again :)
Zorro, two of a misnamed variety that resembles Shockwave, Morgenster, two group shots, could be Zorro or Ebony Witch, probably White Perfection, two of Color Magic, not sure, two of Danum Rhoda, not sure, Trooper Dan, Almand Joy
Zorro was originated by Jack Adams and Madeleine Giesert who had but one seed from a giant dahlia. It is notorious for making one flush of giant flowers that are as good as any. I won best giant in show with it years ago and have seen many nice show flowers over the years. However, after that one flush of nice flowers it goes into a steep decline in size and by the third flush the flowers are B sized. Not a candidate for cut flowers in my opinion. It too has sported to a bicolor of red and white and as with most, if not all bicolor sports, it reverted back to solid. It is a seed parent as it makes an occasional seed. One of the notable seedlings was Spartacus. Another is a flower call Zelda, an extremely nice A sized flower that is hard to find but worth growing.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.