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ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 14, 2022 1:27 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
Snow, sleet or rain... our dahlias strive for life. And the dahlia enthusiast puts up with it all, just to see them bloom again.
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
Imageblown_dry
Jan 14, 2022 1:29 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Thanks for your work doing this. :)
Imageteddahlia
Jan 14, 2022 2:42 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Mild winter weather here in Oregon and nothing cold or snowy is in the long term forecast.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
dahlia53
Jan 16, 2022 4:12 AM CST
WA
it's as mild this past week or more as it was cold in the worst of it. we got down to 13 degrees for several nights; highs in upper teens and low 20s. it never climbed even once to freezing for over a week. my dahlias were in unheated storage. the ones in the dry medium survived. but i ran out of dry sawdust and the ones in the wetter wood shavings and sawdust... it turned to clumps of ice and i lost them. may have lost half of my stock. will find out more when i go through the tubs again. now it's up to 50 and not much cooler at night, and i fear the fruit trees will get confused and bloom too early, leaving no food for the early pollinators. it's too soon to have these sustained warm temperatures; we have a lot more of winter to get through. that's the drawback of digging every year. i finally lost Sheabird; the last of my old time dahlias that I had for many years. If I had a greenhouse i could have grown some cuttings or pot tubers and not lost all the oldies but goodies. those store easier and better. Lesson learned again - it's not the cold, it's the wet that makes the tubers rot.
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ImageIslander
Jan 16, 2022 10:28 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I am so sorry to hear this...its always hard and aggravating when we loose tubers. Yes, Washington has been haing as difficult a winter as I remember...Climate change is so much more then just the hottest weather on record for days of the summer. I still would protect my tubers from freeizng temperatures though...YOu know how water expands as it freezes and it it is expanding past the limits of the cell it occupies its going to shatter and collapse that cell...

I store my tubers in the garage but in a cupboard lined with styrafoam insuation panels. When the temperature outside was dipping down below 20 degrees it was stil 45 degrees in the "tuber vault".

My tubers were not healthy when they went into storage and I really shouldn't have tried to save many of them. I went through and did a tuber check at the beginning of Jan and tossed a lot of those tubers. It wasn't that they froze in storage, it was, I think, an accumulation of a number of different factors that had affected them before I tried to store them. Here is hoping that out of what is left will be ones with good "survivor genes" that they will pass on to their seedlings.

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ImageAndreaB
Jan 17, 2022 2:08 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
Sorry to hear about your storage issues. It’s hard to lose any, but losing special ones stinks.
Imageedewitt
Feb 4, 2022 12:47 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Crazy snowstorm yesterday. It was in the 50's at the beginning of the week and hit -5° this morning and about 7" of snow.
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ImageIslander
Feb 4, 2022 10:55 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
COld, yes, but look at that beautiful blue sky! We are totally socked in with fog this morning at just above freezing and it is SO depressing....
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Imageteddahlia
Feb 4, 2022 11:32 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
New Mexico has been a location favored by artists because of it's beauty. Have you had to get used to the thin air due to the altitude? I remember reading a factoid that in Bogota, Columbia where the air is very thin, people have larger necks and shirts have to have larger neck sizes.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageedewitt
Feb 4, 2022 11:45 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Islander wrote:COld, yes, but look at that beautiful blue sky! We are totally socked in with fog this morning at just above freezing and it is SO depressing....


Yeah, this town definitely lives up to it's name. Boise had the worst inversions so it could be weeks of the nastiest dirty air/smog lingering and that happened on more than a few occasions every year.
Imageedewitt
Feb 4, 2022 11:46 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
teddahlia wrote:New Mexico has been a location favored by artists because of it's beauty. Have you had to get used to the thin air due to the altitude? I remember reading a factoid that in Bogota, Columbia where the air is very thin, people have larger necks and shirts have to have larger neck sizes.


I'm still huffing and puffing away when I go hiking around our property. I think getting covid twice in 2020 did a number on my lungs though from which I have not fully recovered.
Imageteddahlia
Feb 8, 2022 7:05 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Weather here in PNW has been conducive to working outside on deferred maintenance gardening chores. This is mostly trimming bushes that have grown too tall. We will have a huge conflagration when burning season commences on March 1st.
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 8, 2022 7:24 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Shirtsleeve weather out here...we measured the back yard to lay out my Butterfly Garden. We have foggy mornings then the sun breaks through and afternoons are lovely for outside work.
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Imageteddahlia
Feb 11, 2022 4:01 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
64F outside. Enough said.
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 11, 2022 8:13 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Gorgeous day at the beach here. Would trade it for a good soaking rain.
SteveM
Feb 12, 2022 12:20 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
We are having a week of 85° weather. Every February the weather goddess tempts me to plant earlier than I know is wise.
ImageAndreaB
Feb 12, 2022 1:36 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
It’s a balmy 20° here. LOL
ImageIslander
Feb 12, 2022 1:54 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Steve, I wondered if that was another "Heat Dome" over you bu,t the winter version? Its a lovely 60 degrees here. I know the temptation but if IPlant some it will be in my greenhouse. I am trying to resist but went through one of the tubs and pulled out some that might not survive another 2 months unless I can get cuttings to root off them. I consider that legitimate to start in mid Feb.

Salish Dahlias
SteveM
Feb 12, 2022 2:11 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
Noni, if you need any more "legitimate" reasons to plant early, let me know. Smiling

Almost every Feb we get a week of temptation. I have fallen into the trap many times, mostly when I was younger and not as wise. Smiling I would plant the tubers in cold soil and watch as the weeds hid the emerging shoots. Now, I plant the tubers in flats in the greenhouse and plant them out when they are 4-6" tall and the soil is warmed up. (here, usually mid-March). Still, every year I am tempted, and I try to think of a new "legitimate" reason to plant early.
Imageteddahlia
Feb 23, 2022 10:10 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
22F this morning. Sun is shining. High today about 41F.
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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