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ImageIslander
Aug 14, 2017 8:24 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
CC, I hope I can get enough tubers to share. I wanted to grow more of her this year and only ended up with 3. One is in my patch to make seedlings from. Windstorm I am pretty sure I can get a tuber from for you..and maybe Jon or Benny will be able to share some Evening Glow tubers. Its been such odd weather here this summer that I have no idea how tuber production will be affected.
Salish Dahlias
ImageDillyDahlia
Aug 14, 2017 12:55 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
All these beautiful flower photos are appreciated. It helps me to see what varieties actually look like in a home garden vs vendor websites. My wish list is growing each day! Noni, I think Evening Glow needs to come live here in our NY garden lol.

As a "newbie" to dahlias....when planting them out, I created a map with the location of each variety. Then I promptly lost the map! Our plant markers have faded and are unreadable. So, as each flower blooms, we play a guessing game comparing the blossoms to the variety pictures we see online.

So...I don't know if this dahlia is Lavendar Perfection or possibly Ottos Thrill. In either case, it is a gorgeous salmon-flamingo-pink that has an iridescent sheen on the petals, almost like a fine dusting of pearlized glitter. The photo doesn't do it justice. I just love this one!

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“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
Imageteddahlia
Aug 14, 2017 1:27 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
"Our plant markers have faded and are unreadable."
Lots of discussion on best plant marker pens. Sharpie is mentioned often in "it fades" department. The Industrial Sharpie is better but not still not real good. I have used the larger Super Sharpies that have lots of ink in them and on tags in the ground, they work fine for me . My theory is that if you use lots of ink on the label, that it lasts longer.

Connie Thompson of Canada swears that Pentel N-50 is the ultimate marker and she says it will last for many, many years. I bought a box of 12 on Ebay but have not tried them yet.
Grease markers(old technology) work well. A regular pencil will not fade but it is so faint that my old eyes cannot see the writing very well.

If I were rich, I would buy a nursery label printer and print my own labels with color pictures that I took. They last as long as just about anything. Very expensive. One can order custom printed labels too and one of our club members used to order some of the standard ones they sell for tomatoes as they have a long list of pre-formatted ones.

How much do blank labels cost? That is another subject for another time.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Aug 14, 2017 2:05 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
And quality of labels....I unintentionally bought some that came in a roll this spring and within a month of being outside nearly all of them cracked and the tops flew off of the spiked part. That does none of us any good. Now I buy the same ones I have used for years from Mega Greenhouse Supply. They come in a box of 500 or 1000 I forget which. I usually buy 1000 at a time. They are much thicker and stiffer then the "roll" tags. It was hard to even push those flimsy things into the soil. I have settled on the markers made for gardens that I buy from the same source as my tags. I find I go through a box of them about every two years, counting all the ones I lose or that I lose the tops to while working. I should start a collection of the caps that are left when the marker dries out to use as replacements.
Salish Dahlias
Imageblown_dry
Aug 14, 2017 5:59 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I would say definitely Otto's Thrill. A NOID of mine turned out to be Otto's Thrill, but yours looks much nicer. I probably didn't give mine a fair shake, but at least I know what it is now.
ImageDillyDahlia
Aug 14, 2017 6:28 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
Thank you Amanda, Ottos Thrill it is!...and btw your dahlia addict website is great!!!

“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
anniecan
Aug 14, 2017 7:32 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
BE THE CHANGE YOU WANT TO SEE IN TH
Please keep posting those beautiful pics everyone!
Love seeing them here, while mine are taking a siesta from blooming.
ImageCCvacation
Aug 14, 2017 9:33 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Here's a few from my beds... waiting for the JB to stop consuming some varieties non-stop so I can get decent images.
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Allen's Smokey Skies
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Luvae
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Irish Pinwheel
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Mingus Selena
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AC Sheri
CC
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ImageIslander
Aug 14, 2017 10:41 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
You still have Irish Pinwheel! Very nice! I hope you will have an extra of it this winter for me! It was pretty scarce last season...Very pretty flowers! Allens Smoky Skies has been coming on when our skies were smoky. I will have to check and see if it bloomed now that our skies are clear!
Salish Dahlias
ImageCCvacation
Aug 15, 2017 8:23 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
I'll put it down for you, Noni, but it's doubtful I'll have extra. This one only survived as a pot root for me, and reluctantly produced a single lonely cutting before I had to plant it out for the season.
CC
ImageFLflowerboy
Aug 15, 2017 8:51 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
How is Smoky Skies for height and vigor? Think it would do well for me in the heat, Noni and CC?
"What is a weed?" asked Peppa Pig. "A weed is a cheeky plant growing in the wrong place!" replied Grandpa Pig.
ImageIslander
Aug 15, 2017 10:32 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I haven't seen a bloom from mine yet, Jon. It should be opening any day now so I will check on that for you.
Salish Dahlias
ImageCCvacation
Aug 16, 2017 6:34 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Everything is around 3 foot for me right now, Jon, with nothing really standing out. Hard to tell about the heat, as the weather peaks at 80 around here for only a couple hours each day. The stems are pretty substantial, though, so I would think it would do well for you. The color is very close to Bloomquist Harmony... can't remember if you are growing that one or not.
CC
ImageBenny101
Aug 16, 2017 4:04 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
A couple from the North Grow

Hapet Perfekt
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Bloomquist Cayson
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I am loving the chance to see all these Lac varieties
Imagedrewtheflorist
Aug 16, 2017 5:12 PM CST
Name: Drew the Florist
14 miles S E of Pittsburgh
Keep 'em separate from the breeding grounds --- Lac seems to be a pretty dominant trait and can sneak into your other types .
ImageBenny101
Aug 16, 2017 6:43 PM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
Oh yes ,
The North Grow or ( Irene's house ) is 10 miles from either of my operations , we planted quite a few Lac and miniature cactus types there .

Hollyhill Paris
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ImageDillyDahlia
Aug 16, 2017 6:58 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
CCvacation wrote:Here's a few from my beds... waiting for the JB to stop consuming some varieties non-stop so I can get decent images.
Thumb of 2017-08-15/CCvacation/eb622a
Allen's Smokey Skies
Thumb of 2017-08-15/CCvacation/a76db9
Luvae
Thumb of 2017-08-15/CCvacation/235234
Irish Pinwheel
Thumb of 2017-08-15/CCvacation/622756
Mingus Selena
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AC Sheri


CC, Have you or anyone here....grown Irish Pinwheel with AC Rooster? I have them on my wishlist and wonder how they compare in size of bloom, bloom time, plant size etc and whether the colors compliment each other.
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
ImageFLflowerboy
Aug 16, 2017 7:05 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Thanks for the feedback on Smoky Skies! I am really loving dahlias that reach 5 or 6 feet tall, which is a feat down here...maybe I just love height, but that does often tell me about vigor when considering a variety.
"What is a weed?" asked Peppa Pig. "A weed is a cheeky plant growing in the wrong place!" replied Grandpa Pig.
Imageteddahlia
Aug 16, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/albums/721576724...
Smoky Skies was entry number 6.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageFLflowerboy
Aug 16, 2017 7:23 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Wow! Thanks, Ted. Looks like it might fade here.
"What is a weed?" asked Peppa Pig. "A weed is a cheeky plant growing in the wrong place!" replied Grandpa Pig.

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