I have a quandary.. I've been growing stock purchased as 'Hillcrest Glow' for a couple years, but somehow started calling it 'Hilltop Glo.' When I researched the name to figure out if the 'w' belongs at the end of the 'Glo,' I discovered the potential mistake... except growers are selling what looks like the same variety by BOTH names!
Hilltop Glo- Small Formal Decorative Light Blend
Hillcrest Glow- Small Formal Decorative Pink
Anyone know what this truly is?
This was taken years ago up in MI at Dahlia Hill...
Name: Amanda CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b DahliaAddict.com
Good one! The Summer Dreams one though, the petals seem pretty regular. Mikayla Miranda has a ruffled look. I also found one called Victoria Ann that's same size and color, but Victoria Ann has a picotee edge and the petals curl down rather than up, like it has cactus tendencies.
honnat wrote:I believe I emailed K Connel and he said it should be Hilltop. A year later, he's still selling it as Hillcrest.
I'm leaning toward Hilltop just because Kevin sells it as 'Hilltop Glo,' and he's pretty on the ball. With your comment, Honnat, I'll definitely keep my current ID, and change that one irritatingly wrong name on an early image of it. Nothing like a seed of doubt to throw everything off...
I really don't think the above pict is Hilltop Mimi, as I have labeled on the image. All of those plants were well-marked and checked with blooms to the markers, but this image was taken mid-season, and I don't have a planting diagram this year to check potential neighbor's names. The newer releases were around there, including the AC stars.
Here's HT Mimi, for comparisons sake. Maybe it is, after all...
Country Superstar, maybe? That one can look VERY different through the season. Here's Country Superstar from 2017 season, for comparisons sake.
Hmmm... I think I solved my own mystery, as I was writing this! That's the problem with assuming IDs when taking picts.
I have told the story of a main line breeder that had an unknown variety and asked people for many years what it was. He asked me and of course, I had no idea either. He said in that case, I am just going to name and start selling it. I doubt he actually did as health problems came up the next year and he died soon after that.
Keeping seedlings identified can be a real problem. Seedling number 16-67 was assigned to two separate seedlings in error. Both were dug and planted the next year. One was a tricolor miniature that is very nice. The other is BB ID in light yellow also somewhat nice. I have dug both versions and labeled them properly. I must have been dizzy on that day and assigned 16-66 to two different seedlings also. I think it has been straightened out and one is a cute little purple cut flower and I believe the other is a red BB ID of lesser quality. The point of this is that it is really easy to lose track of what is what unless you are very careful.
WAY too easy, that is for sure! I bet it is doubly so when you are dealing with just numbers to correspond with seedlings. A number tends not to remind you what a bloom looks likel
Luckily, the tubers are all labeled correctly in my most recent post... just got confused when naming the variety in the image without checking the tag. Whew. Easy fix, there! I remember the first year I was rinsing/dividing tubers, and letting them dry on a tray before marking their names. The phone rang, the tray leapt in the air and two varieties came raining down on me without labels. I figured it out by lightly scratching the skin and seeing what pigment showed up... one variety was a red, so that method worked very well.
Thanks Melissa. These blooms are about the same. 4-5 inches. I don’t think mine is this one looking at the pic. I appreciate your coming back to it and posting a pic. Click on the link I added. You can see the actual color.