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Jun 8, 2022 9:36 AM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I can't move things around, but I can make a new thread.

I'm behind where I would like to be, but I've planted much more than last year at least. I need to make another push to finish up.
ImageDarcyD
Jun 8, 2022 9:45 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Not to worry, Amanda!! Group hug

Thanks!
ImageAndreaB
Jun 8, 2022 4:23 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
It feels like I’m behind because we’ve had an unusually warm Spring, but my normal “plant by” date is June 15th. Hope to get the last 100ish in the ground by the weekend. Right on schedule!
ImageIslander
Jun 9, 2022 7:21 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Hurry for getting the dahlias in the ground!

Mine are looking much better now that they have been in the garden for a bit and they are really enjoying the rain since they are in raised beds. I still have some to shoe horn in and no time to do it until next week... The rain will really help the seedlings grow some strong roots.

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Imageteddahlia
Jun 10, 2022 8:59 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Planted several hundred before the rain began again. The silver lining in the cloud is that I do not need to water them in.
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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.
ImageIslander
Jun 10, 2022 10:32 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Looks like we are in for a deluge again today, Ted. It would be really nice if it would stop long enough tomorrow for us to plant out the memorial Azalea in the Meditation Garden for our son....Mom gets the honor and son Zach will help me.

I can also say that my dahlias in their raised beds look fantastic! Big healthy green leaves. They are recovering from planting out and growing new healthy foliage. I went through and removed the lowest set of leaves to allow what drier air there is to circulate.


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ImageDarcyD
Jun 12, 2022 8:30 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Looks like I’m on hold, again. I have 120 in, @350 to go. Mine are all pre-started so I think I need to wait until Friday now.

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ImageAndreaB
Jun 12, 2022 7:52 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
Crazy weather huh, Darcy? We’ve had the same yo-yo weather all Spring.
Mine are about 90% planted. Looking to (as Noni would say) shoehorn a few more in tomorrow and then I’m done. Smiling I can then focus on watering, and keeping them alive during the heat wave.
You’re planting a lot for someone that’s just getting back to it. Did you take a lot of cuttings?
This is the first time I broke the 500 mark, but it took a few years to get there. Pretty sure I’m one and done. It’s a lot for a hobbyist and I’m already dreading the big dig. I’m sure I’ll have a change of heart once they start blooming!
ImageDarcyD
Jun 13, 2022 9:11 AM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
It got away from me Rolling on the floor laughing I planned to be at about 200. Probably wound up with about 375 tubers. I took tons of cuttings. So, technically I’d be at more like 230 more than that. Yikes. I’m giving a bunch to friends and family. I thought I’d sell a few and make some trades but with the whole thrips and TSWV scare I changed that plan and now have way too many. Definitely, going to need to hire someone to help me at dig time. I’ll cull next year Big Grin
ImageIslander
Jun 13, 2022 10:59 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I also, am NOT being generous with my extra plants and cuttings this year...I want to wait and see how they do in the garden this summer because I would be devastated to pass on diseased material to anyone else. It is hard not being generous. I have to say though that my worrisome potted starts are looking MUCH BETTER now that they are growing in my garden so it may have been nutritional deficiencies in the potting soil in the greenhouse,..or the natural predators are cleaning up any insect problems. The sun is peaking through the clouds and I am ready to go focus on my garden .

I had visitors to the garden after our family gathering and I gave away extra chrysanthemum starts but it felt weird not to offer any of my extra dahlia plants. And I am glad that I sent my sis tubers this year and we did NOT exchange started plants like we usually do! I do have a load of extra dahlias starts still on my shelves and some of them I would very much like to plant and keep if I could figure out a place!

The other situation that I am dealing with is the poor drainage in our clay hillside with all the rain we have been having! The plants in the raised beds are doing GREAT! Raised beds are expensive to make as we need to pay not only for materials but for good soil to fill them. The soil in my clay slope garden is ridiculous...my big apple tree is dying. I am worried about my hydrangea garden, the roses I planted in the ground (vs raised pots), the raspberries, blueberries, blackberries. IN some places the water fills any depression in the soil and sits on the surface. IN other spots it is just marshy and slippery. Its been hard to get the grass mowed because the lawnmower wheels sink into the soil. I may well loose my 18 roses planted directly into the soil half way down the slope. We are planning to put in 2 French drains at different levels but we can't do that until the soil dries out enough to get equipment in. I never thought I would miss my sandy loam garden soil complete with toxic fall out from the old copper smelter! And I never thought I would have drainage problems on a hillside!


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Imageteddahlia
Jun 18, 2022 10:08 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Planting going very slow. Rainy day and we went plant shopping to some favorite nurseries. When you grow dahlias in greenhouses in gallon pots, the weather outside means very little.
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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.
ImageIslander
Jun 26, 2022 8:02 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I hope planting out went well today and you did not suffer heat stroke...I think we briefly hit 101 degrees but it is back down to 91 now.

About mid afternoon I remembered my huge delicate blue hydrangea that fried last year, and sent Mr Ilander to get the sheet we covered it with. He could not remember where he put it but we found the shade cloth that came with the greenhouse and draped that over it... and gave the roots a good soaking. LAst year all the flowers got fried so I really want to see it boom this year. It is covered in buds. NOt sure why they planted it in one of the sunniest spots in the yard...and a long time ago according to the size of it. All my hudrangeas are on drip tape but there was a kink in it that reduced the water flow. Hopefully that will be repaired this week. When my new pear tree grows it will reduce some of the sun exposure at mid day and early afternoon.
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Juliarugula
Jun 27, 2022 7:08 PM CST
Name: Julia
NW Indiana
First dahlia of the year is getting ready to open! Bloomquist Golden - both the tuber and the two cuttings I rooted from it have been strong, fast growers.

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Imageteddahlia
Jul 1, 2022 11:26 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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Planting tubers nearly done now. HH Melody was planted in 4 different places.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageAndreaB
Jul 1, 2022 12:32 PM CST
Name: Andrea
SE Michigan
So looking forward to seeing the blooms of HH Melody. Sure hope she’s “pretty as (your) picture”. Just stunning. Also growing Peachy Keen, Sir J. Paxton and Zarina. Curious to see the differences between them.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 1, 2022 12:51 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
HH Melody is a favorite of mine and Margaret.. Easy to grow, nice color but hard to capture in a photo. Lots of tubers. It is not a top show prospect but is outstanding in arrangements and bouquets.
Peachy Keen won two medals and enough said. Easy to grow too.
Sir J. Paxton is a smoky pink that people love and is easy grow too with good tubers.
Zarina has won a best in show. It grows 8-9 feet tall and I like that although 6 feet may be more appropriate for most people. .
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageDarcyD
Jul 3, 2022 2:37 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Mine are all in except for cuttings that are still too tender. What a relief!! It took 5 of us 3 solid days. Though that included two people that spend most of their time turning many of my beds into slightly raised beds. I’ll post pics when we get home. Planted until dark set in and left the next morning for vacation. Hopefully everyone is being watered by my hubs who had to stay behind to work this year.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 5, 2022 8:23 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Still planting but now it is pots of cuttings. Lots of sorting before planting. With tubers the storage container is all the one variety. With cuttings there is no specific order as they are taken and there are lots of flats of plants and they are only sorted later.
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seedling 17-22 growing in a pot
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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Jul 5, 2022 9:10 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
Still planting here as I just recently finished making the last of my raised beds. I've had everything in 8" pulp pots and plant after I finish the bed. Some of these plants just went bananas after our first rain last week. Hollyhill Tempest, River's Watermelon, and Dorothy R already have thick thick stalks despite only being about a foot tall. Most everything has sprouted aside from 3 pots that I'm patiently waiting on. I'm holding out hope for one in particular but it's hard to tell if it's ever going to do anything after half of it rotted when I got it due to issues I've now resolved with my post office. I managed to save a few of my purchases via cuttings and I've got a few extra that I'm going to make some pot tubers from. I've got 30 "Just Married" plants I don't know where to put though. Probably going to make pot tubers from those as well.
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ImageDarcyD
Jul 14, 2022 8:50 PM CST
Name: Darcy D
Green Oaks, Illinois
Finished planting the last of my cuttings that were ready tonight. Leaving to Florida for 7-10 days so needed to get them in. Hopefully the hubs can keep up with watering.

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