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ImageCCvacation
Jan 7, 2020 1:13 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
This is a great place to put down our daily dahlia trials and tribulations, to be a bit silly, and a perfect place to get to know each other's gardens.

Let's be sure to put questions and insights into the appropriate subject threads so that future folks (or us trying to find it later) can be assisted by our discussions.
http://cubits.org/dahlias/forums/

Last year's 'General Dahlia Chat' can be found here:
https://cubits.org/Dahlias/thread/view/88356/
CC
Imageblown_dry
Jan 7, 2020 4:00 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Thanks for your efforts, CC. Thumbs up Thumbs up Thumbs up
ImagePNWGal
Jan 7, 2020 8:49 PM CST
Name: Linda
Portland OR, zone 8b
Yes, thanks, CC! I tip my hat to you.
ImageCCvacation
Jan 7, 2020 9:32 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
My pleasure... Hope I didn't forget any. Some need to be changed mid-summer, which can wait.
CC
Imageblown_dry
Jan 7, 2020 9:51 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Floret is offering dahlia seed collected from their fields.

https://shop.floretflowers.com/products/dahlia-bees-choice-m...
ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 9, 2020 8:32 AM CST
Name: TJ
NY Zone 6a
Flower Power!
I’d like to start the new year with thanks to CC and our admins for running this group. Being an admin often requires time and energy behind the scenes that we can’t see. Your efforts are appreciated. 🙏🏻
ImageIslander
Jan 9, 2020 11:05 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
I remember some discussions about growing dahlias in raised beds over the past couple of years. I wonder how those various projects worked out? I am trying to decide what kind of raised beds to do down my hillside, both what would be the easiest and least expensive and what worked out well when tried. We will probably have to hire help to build them since arthritis is the key culprit leading to the need for them. I am particularly interested in the corrigated aluminum panels set into a wood frame but in anything else that is attractive and works well.
ImageFlowernut
Jan 9, 2020 11:30 AM CST
Name: Jane
Southern California Zone 9/10
Noni, I had checked out building raised beds using the following blocks from Home Depot- https://www.homedepot.com/p/Oldcastle-7-5-in-x-7-5-in-x-5-5-... The corrugated aluminum panels can always be added for additional beauty. I liked the idea of the concrete blocks....they would provide solid corners.
Jane
"In joy or sadness, flowers are our constant friends"-Kazuko Okakura
Imageteddahlia
Jan 9, 2020 11:58 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Crying Sticking tongue out Sticking tongue out Drooling Hollyhill does not like raised beds as the Hollyhill varieties are generally over 6 feet tall and when you add 18 inches or so to that height, you may not be able to reach the flowers to pick them. Blinking Confused Lovey dubby
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 9, 2020 1:15 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Ted, I can stand on the uphill side to pick Hilarious! . And I have long arms and legs ...
ImageIslander
Jan 9, 2020 1:22 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Jane, those look easy to work with. I will have to price them out. Thanks for showing me Smiling
ImagePNWGal
Jan 9, 2020 4:30 PM CST
Name: Linda
Portland OR, zone 8b
That's what I need, Ted - instead of raised beds, I need raised walkways between my rows of Hollyhill dahlias so I can reach them! Thumbs up

Thanks for the link, Jane. Those blocks look intriguing. If I made a bed and then decided I wanted different dimensions, it would be easy to change. Ditto for replacing the wood panels when they eventually break down.

Noni, when I have tried growing dahlias in pots, the main problem I had was roots cooking in the hot sun when there was not enough insulation from the walls of the pots. I would be concerned metal bed walls would have the same problem. I like wood & concrete.
ImageIslander
Jan 9, 2020 10:17 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Hmmm, Interesting thought about roots cooking in metal beds. I have grown plants in stock tanks but they had quite deep soil in them. The biggest problem I had with that is that the soil sinks down every year and needs to have more added on top. That does not work with perennials or roses. I've seen some wonderful flower beds done in the aluminum panels but maybe it only works in the cooler Puget Sound climate. One would have to do a test bed.

I am also remembering a long discussion with Jon George about his method where they grow in fabric bags with a water system keeping them damp...I know at the time he was designing it we discussed building wooden beds and slipping the plants in in grow bags then just pulling the bags out for storage at the end of the season...
ImagePNWGal
Jan 9, 2020 11:30 PM CST
Name: Linda
Portland OR, zone 8b
Boy, that sure would simplify digging time!
Imagesylviap
Jan 10, 2020 12:10 AM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
Islander wrote:
I am also remembering a long discussion with Jon George about his method where they grow in fabric bags with a water system keeping them damp...I know at the time he was designing it we discussed building wooden beds and slipping the plants in in grow bags then just pulling the bags out for storage at the end of the season...


I remember that conversation. Has he been on lately?
ImageIslander
Jan 10, 2020 2:02 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Jon, apparently is so wildly successful with what he does that he has little time for internet any more. I do follow him on facebook and we occasisonally exchange a few sentences. Its fun to think we knew him as a young person just starting out in his carreer...:-)
Imageblown_dry
Jan 11, 2020 10:44 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Crazy 4 has restocked the following:
KAs Cloud
Wyn's Red Stilletto.
BRITTANY REY
WINDHAVEN FIRELIGHT
RYCROFT HUNTSMAN
FORMBY ART
COLLEEN MOONEY
Crazy 4 David
Sunrise Suprise
KA'S PEPPERCORN
CLEARVIEW CAMERON
BLOOMQUIST BETHANY
CLEARVIEW BUTTERSCOTCH
CRAZY 4 WYLIE QUINN
Crazy 4 Martha
FIONA
CLEARVIEW PEACHY
SNOHO DORIS
CRAZY MARY
Windhaven Concord
STILLWATER PLUM
SANDIA SUSAN
SANDIA ROSE
TAHOMA STELLAR FELLAR
KA'S KHALEESI
Imageteddahlia
Jan 11, 2020 2:43 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Thanks for the list! My friend scored one of them. Lots of good ones on this list and this is a good grower who has good tubers. .
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Imageblown_dry
Jan 11, 2020 9:06 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Just heard that the proprietor of Something to Crow About has passed away.
Imageteddahlia
Jan 12, 2020 11:16 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
This is the time of the year when many people go into "quest" mode, trying to locate tubers of some variety that is almost extinct and the harder it is find it, the better it gets in their mind. I just had a request for Hollyhill Flamingo which has gotten hard to find. It probably is worth the effort to locate.

I remember reading an old dahlia magazine and the "quest" dahlia was called Windlassie, listed in one source as being B ID white. It was a poor tuber maker but if brought to a show was claimed to win over just about anything. Camano Cloud used be in this class of "every body wants it but no one has it" as it made almost no tubers. Someone did determine that if you could grow the undivided clump a second year, there may a good tuber or two. It would be very popular nowadays as it was that fleshy, peachy pink color and just a shade darker than Cafe' au Lait.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown

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