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ImageCCvacation
Jan 7, 2020 1:21 PM CST
Name: CC
PA
Snow, sleet or rain... our dahlias strive for life. And the dahlia enthusiast puts up with it all, just to see them bloom again. Wecome, 2020!
CC
Imageteddahlia
Jan 7, 2020 1:32 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
We are being told that a huge high pressure dome will sag over Oregon next week bringing with it freezing temperatures. It has been a very mild winter so far.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 10, 2020 2:20 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
We are as prepared as we can be while we wait to learn about winter weather along the Columbia River first hand. We decided today was the day to paint over the two cranberry red walls in our bedroom with "Cafe Au Lait" (as named by Ted) colored paint. It will really change the feeling of our master bedroom. Actually I like the cranberry red more then I did when we moved in here a month ago, but not enough to keep it. And we are replacing the horrible shag carpet with "marmoleum' in the soft pinky beige colors so the walls need painting first. .all the things we do to make a new place feel like our own home.

Imageteddahlia
Jan 10, 2020 6:19 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
The "to do " list is endless when you move to a new place. I have noticed that if you do not complete some of the items on that initial list, that they tend to be postponed or crossed off. Here we are over 30 years in the same house and I am sure if I mentioned this to Margaret, she would resurrect some of those tasks that were never done. The wrap around second story deck with a sliding door from the kitchen was on the list and never done. I shall apply "sour grapes" logic to it: If we had done it, timbers would have rotted by now and it would have been an eyesore and a safety hazard.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 10, 2020 8:02 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
TED, that 2nd floor deck would have been nice....when we moved we did a lot of work on our Island house (Which is still for sale) including replacing railings on the ramp that accesses the back yard and putting up new railing around the small deck to the patio where we use the grill...it would have been nice to have the use of these improvements while we lived there.

Here is how the painting job came out:Thumb of 2020-01-11/Islander/38055f New Look

Thumb of 2020-01-11/Islander/49ee81 old look.

The room feels light and much roomier with the new paint. Now to move the furniture back onto place so we can sleep tonight....
Imageteddahlia
Jan 10, 2020 8:29 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Yes, shades of tan are great for interiors. As I look up at the wall in this room, I see a slightly lighter but similar color.
Thumb of 2020-01-11/teddahlia/5d46f5
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 14, 2020 10:07 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Well.it DOES snow at our new home! Its just beginning to cover the green of the grass but coming down very prettily right now. I don't think it will last long at this low elevation but its all new to me. Got snow, Ted?
Imageteddahlia
Jan 14, 2020 10:31 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
No snow here in Oregon City. You are probably in a weather zone that is just a couple of degrees cooler than here. I bet it may have something to do with how far away you are from the city of Portland(cities are giant heat sinks) and the fact that there are some hills to the West of you that have cold air on them and cold air moves downwards towards lower elevations at times. I believe that this is why it cools off at Parks Dahlias during the night, as she is surrounded by tall forested hills. It can be nearly 100 there and cool off to less than 50 degrees at night.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 14, 2020 11:52 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
I hope we will get that cooler air off the mountains on summer nights also. Its just kind of messing around now with sunbreaks and then little sifts of snow.
ImageIslander
Jan 19, 2020 4:17 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Hey, I think I like this Oregon weather Thumbs up After days of cold and wondering it is going to snow or ice up we have a clear sky today and the sun is shining into the garage windows warming it up as I work. With a fire in the woodstove in there I was quite comfortable working for several hours. And the dogs ran around out in the sunshine in their new back yard.

I found some of my struggling Salish Tubers and potted them up in hopes they will sprout for taking cuttings. I don't have the greenhouse set up yet, but they are in a sunny window for now and we use the woodstove a lot during the day. Nothing has frozen in there yet. I am trying to help my husband organize the garage so we have a zone for him and a zone for me. I may need to build a fence around mine... Hilarious! .
Imageblown_dry
Jan 22, 2020 9:33 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Lot's of rain, but now it's Spring? That seems to be the way it works here. The birds are singing everywhere and the plants know it, too. They are putting out new growth. Bulbs are emerging, spring annuals are sprouting. Inches and inches of rain though, and likely to be so for some weeks to come. Still, I found myself out doing Spring clean-up on a rare sunny day, and I think the temp ended up almost 65. It was very nice to do some of that actual gardener stuff again instead of squinting at a database about gardener stuff.
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Imageteddahlia
Jan 23, 2020 10:11 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
For some reason, here in Oregon City, we seem to get our worst weather in early December and in any date in February. This has been a very mild, no hard freeze winter so far. It is nice to have some of our tender container plants over winter(geraniums, calibrachoa are examples). Coleus must be a deep jungle plant as it dies when there is even a very mild frost. Long term forecast has no cold weather in it for us but long term forecasts have a very poor record for accuracy.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
Imagesylviap
Jan 23, 2020 12:46 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
It's been mild enough here that the geraniums and pelargoniums stlll have blooms on them as well as the cosmos in the front yard. Plenty of rain so far.
ImageIslander
Jan 23, 2020 1:15 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
Interesting view on the weather, Ted. I am still waiting for some weather drama...So far, moist and drippy about describes it. I am wondering if we will see the flooding we were warned of this year, or how often it occurs here. It would help in garden planning to know.
SteveM
Jan 23, 2020 1:18 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
This is shaping up to be another winter without a hard frost. I was cutting dahlias for market up until Jan 1 this year and could have gone longer except the plants were just "pooped" after blooming for 7 months. These mild winter days are great for digging tubers but I wonder if it portends a larger insect population this coming summer.
ImagePaige
Jan 23, 2020 3:33 PM CST
Name: Paige L
Snohomish
I hope not, last year was terrible for aphids. I had never really dealt with them, but I ended up getting the black and green ones, in armies. They were attracted to certain varieties more than others, which makes me wonder why. Any who, It was awful Crying lol.
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Imageteddahlia
Jan 23, 2020 4:31 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
In the past. aphids were accused of being the spreaders of virus and they probably are. Thrips seem to be the insect that is spreading one of the virus diseases. Lately, the giant insect called Homo Sapiens is being accused of spreading much of the virus. In our garden the black aphids, do not infest the dahlias very much and if you remove the part of the plant where they reside and dispose of them, they seldom come back They seem to like some species of weeds better than dahlias. It may be that the predatory insects start eating them at this time as they are a couple of weeks behind the other insects in development.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown
ImageIslander
Jan 23, 2020 6:32 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Vashon Island, Washington
growing and selling organic cutflow
IN my Island Garden, I noticed that within about a week of aphid infestation the ladybugs arrived. It I was just patient they took care of the aphids quite rapidly, and I sometimes used Ted's method of breaking off the badly infested tops. I also am not adverse to giving them a spray with ammonia water, (1 part household ammonia to 3 parts water). That zaps the aphids but can also zap the beneficials and I would rather they worked out the balance themselves.

Imageedewitt
Jan 24, 2020 3:08 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Boise, Idaho
The killing frost varies here from year to year. I've had them grow all the way out until early November, but usually early October. I grew up in Yakima, Washington which is a similar climate as well but didn't really take up gardening until about 11 years after I'd moved to Boise. I've always managed to have the plants survive the hot hot dry summers and thrive in the fall. I'm hoping this year we'll have the early morning frost subside around late March/early April as it has the past two years. So far this year the winter's been very very mild and it's currently been in the 50's but the Boise climate is really unpredictable so who knows what this spring will be like?
Imageteddahlia
Jan 29, 2020 7:04 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
We are going to get a total of well over 8 inches of rain for this January.. All time record is nearly 12 inches but 8 inches is quite a lot. There is a network of rain gauges in Portland and the average of 42 of them is 8.64 and it is still raining. As you go towards the Northwest, towards where Noni has moved the totals are an inch higher.
“Flowers are like friends; They bring color to your world.” – Unknown

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