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Jan 26, 2018 12:34 PM CST
Name: Ted
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
The new name is Hollyhill Seeing Red. The name came from a suggestion on Facebook and Margaret likes it. I always kid Margaret about her not paying a lot of attention to some flowers that I like. When this one first bloomed, I almost collapsed in the dahlia row from dahlia rhapsody. It was so red I could not believe it and it had excellent form too. Margaret was less enthusiastic as red is not her favorite color. Move forward in time to the Portland show this year. We always pick hundreds of flowers for the arrangement classes with no idea whether Margaret will use them. The garage is literally bursting with flowers on Friday before the show. Margaret has some designs worked out well in advance and has a good idea of what flowers to use. These designs get most of her time and attention. There are always other classes that she needs to finish and they get the leftover time and attention. She surveyed the potential flowers and spotted the red one. It had long stems and she needed a good flower for a vertical design. She put it together rather quickly. At the show we always joke that we are generally unable to predict what arrangement will win a big prize. The red vertical arrangement won best in show. The garden club judge that had judged arrangements came up to Margaret and said that the red flowers in the design were her favorite flowers in the show and wanted to know what it was. After this, Margaret decided she likes the flower.
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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