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ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 14, 2022 1:13 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
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“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
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todg
Jan 15, 2022 10:50 PM CST
One of my favorite dahlias is Shiloh Noelle, a white AA with a lavender blush in the center. I was thinking a few years ago it was about to go extinct, it was hanging on at maybe 1 seller. Now you would never know it as it is available at many sellers. An amazing comeback!
Imageblown_dry
Jan 16, 2022 8:50 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I added Hollyhill Peachy Keen to the database today. I feel very confused because I feel as if I have been hearing about a 'Peachy Keen' dahlia for a long time, but there was no similarly named variety in the database. I guess people have just been chatting about it here? Confused
Jmp
Jan 17, 2022 7:16 AM CST
Amanda, maybe your were thinking of “Just Peachy”? My mind keeps connecting those two names.
Imageblown_dry
Jan 17, 2022 10:03 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Must be! And aided and abetted by trying to keep the five 'Peaches' varieties straight.
Jmp
Jan 17, 2022 4:21 PM CST
Amanda, maybe your were thinking of “Just Peachy”? My mind keeps connecting those two names.
Imageteddahlia
Jan 17, 2022 4:40 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
In the old days about 25 years go, the color "peach" was a darker color than what we ascribe to peach these days. These "nicknames" that people use to describe color are very inexact.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageCosey
Jan 20, 2022 9:02 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
I'm still dividing dahlias but do you want to know the variety that made me break a sweat and swear today?

It was bred by Ted. It had stems that would rival the strength of any oak tree. The tubers decided to grow in a swirl pattern and weigh several pounds.

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HH Pandora

Good gravy. I got out my heavy duty boning knife.
ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 21, 2022 8:18 AM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
Smiling I can imagine the wrestling match that must have occurred. Smiling
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
Imageblown_dry
Jan 21, 2022 9:28 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Sometimes one just has to break out the branch loppers.
ImageDarcyD
Jan 21, 2022 10:24 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
blown_dry wrote:Sometimes one just has to break out the branch loppers.


Yep, guilty of that. Kristine Albrecht uses some sort of electric tool. Wonder if my hubs has one? Probably. Hilarious!

ImageCosey
Jan 21, 2022 10:43 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
I thought about getting the tool but I'm dangerous enough with scissors. I might not have fingers if I used that!
ImageIslander
Jan 21, 2022 10:56 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I use heavy duty folding pruners for those. Mine have handles that fold and the pruners are geared so they can cut through tough material easily. They are one of my favorite tools and work real well on Hollyhill dahlia "trees'.. Next best thing to a chainsaw!
Salish Dahlias
Imageteddahlia
Jan 21, 2022 11:15 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Hollyhill Stalks and Dividing
Examples would be HH Jitterbug and even more daunting are Zarina, Tangelo or especially Wedding Day.
I have saved a chunk(small log) of a Wedding Day stalk to see if it actually will turn into wood. One has to use loppers to cut these stalks and these 21.5 inch ones may not be long enough for some people. Even if the clump has two or three stalks, I must use the loppers.
I use loppers that are not quite full length and if I were going out to buy some, I would consider the Fiskars.
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We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
SteveM
Jan 21, 2022 12:30 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
One season I broke my arm just before it was time to divide tubers. It was decades ago, when I was much younger and much wiser. I decided the solution was to hold the tubers between my knees while I used a jigsaw to saw apart the tubers. I divided over 1000 tubers without any serious injuries or losses to my manhood. It is not a method I can recommend. :)
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Imageteddahlia
Jan 21, 2022 1:01 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I would like to see a video of you re-creating this death defying activity. Perhaps it could be posted to the ADs site.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
SteveM
Jan 21, 2022 1:14 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
Sure thing, but for the video I will use a chain saw. I am getting more impatient in my old age.
ImageCalif_Sue
Jan 22, 2022 2:13 PM CST

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Name: Suzanne/Sue
Sebastopol, CA.
Zone 9a
Rolling on the floor laughing
ksc
Jan 22, 2022 3:36 PM CST
Name: kevin
MA South Shore
Susan has one of these for those thick stems, works great.Thumb of 2022-01-22/ksc/3c620d
Imageteddahlia
Jan 30, 2022 10:16 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/bloom-or-bust/
June 2021 article about dahlias in New Zealand
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.

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