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ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 14, 2022 1:32 PM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
This is a a new 2022 thread open for postings.
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
ImageCosey
Jan 14, 2022 4:56 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Thanks for all the house keeping DillyDahlia!
Imageedewitt
Jan 17, 2022 5:57 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
I got a new camera a couple of weeks ago and despite getting a new "all-in-one" lens I keep going back to my old film lenses I bought that only required a $25 adapter and manual focusing. Here's a few photos I've taken.

Two dogs that immediately get sticks as soon as we go on a walk around the property.
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I managed to wake up and get a sliver of the moonset this morning.
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We have a ton of ravens that hangout. They are quite camera shy so I was lucky to have this one fly by closely.
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Wren managed to not have a stick for this shot. John in the background did even though you can't see it on the ground.
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This was the first day I had my camera. John was longingly waiting for some food as dinner was cooked.
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Not a photo from the new camera but a sign I had commissioned to be made for my girlfriend for Christmas. We chopped down a dead one seed juniper to hang the sign on. One morning she managed to drill a hole to put the tree in, set it, and hang the sign up.
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Imageblown_dry
Jan 17, 2022 5:59 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
Very cool!!
Imageteddahlia
Jan 17, 2022 6:54 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Moon over mountains is spectacular!
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageteddahlia
Jan 17, 2022 7:01 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I have a 1.7 Pentax film lens with auto focus that I really like but I no longer use the DSLR very much as I went to a 20 megapixel Canon G5X.
My son has a full frame 36 megapixel Pentax that accepts old film lenses and he has quite a collection of them. When he takes his time he can shoot some really nice pictures.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageedewitt
Jan 18, 2022 10:24 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
That G5X takes some nice pictures. I wandered around your Flickr page for awhile last week after I figured out how to log back into my account. I bought myself a Sony Alpha7 Mark IV mirrorless camera and I was quite pleased the lens adapter was so simple and inexpensive. I'm starting to get the hang of the new 28-200mm lens.

Took this with my old Canon 300mm lens this morning from the upper deck.
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Then I took this with my Tamron 28-200mm lens.
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I adjusted both of them in Lightroom although I do enjoy photos that turn out perfect without any adjustments which happens from time to time.
ImageIslander
Jan 18, 2022 10:25 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Thank you for sharing your new world. It is interesting to see how different it is from here, And I agree about the moon shot! What kind of temperatures do you have now?
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Imageedewitt
Jan 18, 2022 10:52 AM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Islander wrote:Thank you for sharing your new world. It is interesting to see how different it is from here, And I agree about the moon shot! What kind of temperatures do you have now?


You're welcome and thank you! It's fluctuated from 40's to 50's during the daytime the past few weeks and then usually upper 20's in the evening/morning. It's supposed to be 52 for a high today. I've been doing quite a bit of exploring around our property the past few days. I wandered around with the dogs for about 2 hours yesterday. I've found the downside looking around is that the previous owner left 50 years worth of slash piles from chopping down the oldest junipers for firewood. So now I've been wandering around trying to figure out how to clean that up as well as the huge amount of dead pinyon trees that were killed by bark beetles about 10 years ago. It looks like about 80% of the well established pinyons died. Fortunately there's a ton of pinyon seedlings all over the place now but they take forever to grow. It's a shame because I love pine nuts.

This lil' feller is about 5 feet tall.
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Imageteddahlia
Jan 18, 2022 12:32 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I do not see evidence of much precipitation. What is your water situation for growing dahlias?
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imageedewitt
Jan 18, 2022 3:27 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
It's super dry in the winter and according to Annie it rained quite a bit here over the summer months. Otherwise we'll be collecting what rain water we can and have city water for the garden.
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ImageAndreaB
Jan 18, 2022 6:54 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
Great pics Eric! I’m partial to the one of John (love the name) but the moonset one was pretty sweet.
ImageDillyDahlia
Jan 20, 2022 11:23 AM CST
Name: Tina
NY Zone 5b/6a
Flower Power!
I love seeing beautiful photography. Thanks for sharing, Eric.
“Early to bed, early to rise, plant like hell...and fertilize!” P Allen Smith
Imageedewitt
Jan 26, 2022 12:55 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
I'm glad you all like the photos. I made the mistake last night while browsing of seeing Holland Bulbs had somewhat remarkable prices on tulips and daffodils and may have gone overboard buying them since I can still plant them in this area without having to deal with trying to dig through frozen earth. $50 got me over 200 bulbs of allium, daffodils, muscari, and quite an assortment of tulips (and a daylily they'll ship in the spring).
ImageIslander
Jan 26, 2022 1:19 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Mine got here too late to plant out in the freezing muck of Late NOv/Dec so I finally potted them up in crates and will plant them out after they bloom...The tulips I will consider one show wonders and probably just toss but I should get some pretty flowers in the crates,

Tulips are fed up so heartily before sales, that after blooming they tend to break into many small bublets that need about 3 more years of growing and feeding to produce nice tulips again. I plan to just throw mine in with the other bulbs and let them decide what they want to do. There are usally a few survivors and some might perenialize if the voles don't get them first.
Salish Dahlias
Imageteddahlia
Jan 26, 2022 1:54 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Tulips are nice in someone else's garden. Wooden Shoe Tulip Farm is about 12 miles away from here. They used to sponsor 20 mile long traffic jams during their tulip festival but covid has changed things. Daffodils will naturalize here in Oregon. Tulips come to Oregon to die. At the Tulip Farm they plant tulips into a field only every 3-4 years due to disease.
Trivia:
The Chimacum dahlia breeders David and Leone Smith bred daffodils too. .
https://cubits.org/Dahlias/thread/view/66806/
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Jan 26, 2022 2:27 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Ted, the reason tulips come to die...it is not just Oregon. That is the way the bulbs are raised in Holland where they are put on a super growth diet and fed that way to get them to bloom spectacularly for us. After they bloom, they have finished their job and the nest step is for them to break into many small bublets to propagate the species. IN our gardens, few of the bulblets stick around to grow fat enough to put on that bloom again. I suspect that most are eaten by voles. Out of hundreds I have planted as cut flowers, only a few survive and go through this dividing and growing on again,,,where it may take a numbeer of years for the bulb to fatten up enough to provide that bloom again. THere are some that handle it better then others but they are not the ones that set our hearts to beating harder in spring. Besides that, voles and chipmunks and squirrels REALLY like tulip bulbs!

I now focus more on daffodils, camas, hyacinths and other bulbs with just a few "sacrificial" tulips for color.
Salish Dahlias
Imageblown_dry
Jan 26, 2022 3:59 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I tend to avoid tulips for this reason. But there are certainly some spectacular ones now.
Imageteddahlia
Mar 5, 2022 12:08 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Last chance to get tomato seeds and what varieties do you all like? I grew my first tomatoes as a teen ager and have continued my entire life. We always try something new each year. I may be weird in that our favorite tomato year in and year out(for well over 40 years now) is the French bred hybrid variety called "Early Girl" . I bet you did not know it was a French variety and that the company that sold it for many years was bought out by a multi national company. Hybrid tomatoes are crosses of two specialized inbred varieties that when crossed exhibit "hybrid vigor" meaning the cross is much better than either parent. The seed producers have to keep their seed stock healthy and consistent and they have always done a great job. Over the years there have been several tomatoes named with "Girl" in the name and they say "even better than Early Girl" and we have tried most of them with poor results. We like lots of other varieties too and I like Momotaro, the most planted variety in Japan. I put that in past tense as Margaret does not like it's spritely taste and it is banned it from our garden.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imagedcmarge
Mar 5, 2022 1:24 PM CST
Name: Margo
Battle Ground, WA
I tend to mostly grow beefsteak or sauce tomatoes, but I also really love cherry tomatoes for snacking. My favorite variety I grew last year was a beefsteak called Behemoth King. It was incredibly prolific and consistently produced fruits weighing more than 1 pound. I got a 2-pound tomato off it last summer and am still gloating about it; it made some amazing tomato sandwiches. Big Yellow Grin I also like to grow Mortgage Lifter and Millionaire. My favorite cherry tomato that I grow every year is Chocolate Cherry — the flavor is incredible.

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