Discussion of Colors, Forms or Varieties forum: Coral Colored Dahlias

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Imageteddahlia
Feb 19, 2019 2:39 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Lots of interest in the color that is a shade darker in pink than the tan colored Cafe au lait flower. The color is hard to describe and it would be nice if people would post a picture of their favorite coral pink flowers. Coincidentally, Coral pink is the color of the year.
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2017 seedling that may be the right color.

We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageblown_dry
Feb 19, 2019 2:49 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
When I think of coral, HH Margarita comes to mind. It morphs from deep pink at the ends to deep gold in the center and moves through every shade of what I think of as coral along the way. The seedling is very cool, but doesn't say coral to me. Blown Dry can be a wonderful, deep coral in some modes, and Hollands Festival also. And we can't forget Coral Shag Carpet. Hilarious! Country Superstar has a lot of coral in it, and Croyden's masterpiece also. But, of course, you asked for pictures, not odes. *Blush*
Imageteddahlia
Feb 19, 2019 2:56 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I agree that coral is a much darker pink to me. There is an anthocyanin pigment in some dahlias that is the first to fade in the sun. It is coral color to me.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Feb 19, 2019 3:18 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Thumb of 2019-02-19/Islander/12980a To me, the is the color combo I think of for Coral. It, however, turns out to be one of the worst dahlia for cut flowers...it is the popular Labyrinth and you are lucky if it holds up for 2 days in a bouquet.
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The 2nd is Coral Gypsy, which is a Swan Islands variety, but to me it looks mostly pink. I guess mostly "coral" is too pink to be orange and too "orange" to be pink and too dark to be a pastel...

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Imagemelissamaeday
Feb 19, 2019 8:22 PM CST
Name: Melissa
Omaha,NE
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Nutley Sunrise is a coralish one that I love!


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This came labeled as Raspberry Punch from Tall Grass last year...not sure what it is, but my florist friend begged me to hang on to it.
Imagedrewtheflorist
Feb 19, 2019 8:44 PM CST
Name: Drew the Florist
14 miles S E of Pittsburgh
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Imageteddahlia
Feb 19, 2019 9:31 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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Seedling 15-26 that we kept to produce seeds.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageCCvacation
Feb 20, 2019 7:04 AM CST
Name: CC
PA
Here's a definition straight from Google: "Coral is a reddish or pinkish shade of orange." So it's one of those confused colors, with an orange base.

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I didn't see any coral in Country Superstar, but it might be a Western climate thing.

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Sierra Glow plays on the edge of coral, sometimes intense, and sometimes more washed out.

Blue Peter is an awful variety that I remember as a nasty coral with really loose IC form... grown as a bonus from Red Hawk years ago, and was the first dahlia I actually tossed out of disgust. Maybe it will be revived as 'the thing' to have this season. If you google it, the second image is what I remember in my yard.

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Allen's Smokey Skies was an intense coral, to my eyes.

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Bloomquist Harmony was similar to ASS above in color, but horrid form. Good cutter, apparently.

Apparently, I don't care for corals. May this fad come and go quickly.
CC
Imageteddahlia
Feb 20, 2019 10:17 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Allen's Smokey Skies is coral colored and looked good at the trial garden. The show people call it's gray overcast a color fault. The cut flower people really liked that color trait. Another case of the show people trying to declare a positive trait to be negative 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
Feb 20, 2019 10:52 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Wow, my Allen' Smoky Skies was much softer and less orange. I thought of it as a smoky pale pink. I've ordered new stock this year and now am curious what color it will look like this year!
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Imageteddahlia
Feb 20, 2019 11:13 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/28310537164/in/a...

https://dahlia.org/cgi-bin/guide/dahlia.cgi?ALLEN'S SMOKY SK...

More pictures of Smoky
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageblown_dry
Feb 20, 2019 11:23 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
For me, this part of its 'spectrum' reads as coral, and at some parts of the season for me, the blooms were dark and mostly this color which I loved. The flame dahlias with the intensely colored tips that bleed into the rest of the flower as it ages make some lovely coral colors, too. I like them at all stages.

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Imageteddahlia
Feb 20, 2019 11:43 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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Hollyhill Flamingo is very coral. One club member has been growing it for years as it is a favorite with his visitors. Our stock went bad and we no longer grow it(if it made seeds, we would still be growing it).
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imagedrewtheflorist
Feb 20, 2019 1:31 PM CST
Name: Drew the Florist
14 miles S E of Pittsburgh
HH Flamingo makes seeds for me, tubers, not so much. I keep it in cultivation as a pot root.
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Just no keepers yet...
dahlia53
Feb 20, 2019 6:46 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Orcas Island, WA
when i think of coral i think darker and strong - and at least equal parts of orange and pink; like that gorgeous HH flamingo that Ted posted; i'd buy that if i could find it. Love that seedling too, Ted.

i thought about buying HH margarita but it didn't quite convince me. too much pink for me i think - but it's really nice looking.

i've tried many of them over the years, looking for "that perfect salmon"- i think i like more orange than pink in my salmon/corals; i guess you could say i like salmon color the best.

i wish i still had my pictures - they were on my computer that died. i had some nice pictures of Sheabird - a laccinated variety that fades out in the heat but is gloriously vivid coral into yellow centers in cooler weather. i very much like Tempest; close enough to salmon

tempest is best when it first opens. still one of my favorites. starts out deep, fades a little and gets rosier but i always cut them before that happens :D
also like wildwood marie a lot for a lighter shade. plus it's tall, and a WL.

I hope Eric De Witt doesn't mind that I posted his pic of Tempest here:

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dahlia53
Feb 20, 2019 7:11 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Orcas Island, WA
i've seen lots of pics of Baron Katie; color varies wildly in the pictures. I like the darker incarnations; probably day length and temperature-contingent.

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ImageIslander
Feb 20, 2019 9:50 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Dahlia53, how to you like this one for color?Thumb of 2019-02-21/Islander/3485ed . Its one of my seedlings that I like a lot..and its seed parent, if I remember right, was Hollyhill Tangerine. This one has a lot of the Hollyhill strengths but the flower is a bit flat. I Love the color though and it makes a terrific cut flower in my opinion...a shallow flower seems to fit better into bouquets and hold up better then the long petaled ones. I am calling this one "Salish Salmon Run". I don't remember for sure whether it has the ferny leaves..I think it does, and grow at lest 5' tall. I am going to be growing at least 3 of them this year. Now that is what I think of for coral...

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Imageteddahlia
Feb 21, 2019 11:33 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
"Last summer your Hollyhill Flamingo was the favorite in my backyard garden..."
Recent email. I need to start growing it again especially as coral pink is the color of the year.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
dahlia53
Feb 22, 2019 9:38 PM CST
Name: Brenda
Orcas Island, WA
yes, Noni - to me, that's what I think of as a good coral. Since i never show, flat flowers wouldn't bother me: flat, spherical, wl, and wild IDs and swirly incurved cactus, fimbriated, split, laccinated - i love them all in bouquets!

there was an old variety which was nice; coral frills. i liked the split tips and it was between pink and orange , a little more pink than orange; nice deep color. i remember growing it a long time ago but i think newer more robust varieties probably replaced it. it was a good tuber maker and hardy - survived some colder winters for me, even in the ground. this pic of it is from Jan's - sold out. :(

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ImageIslander
Feb 22, 2019 10:10 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
That is pretty! I love the laciniated ones for myself but they don't hold up well at market on hot days do I don't grow many of them.
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