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ImageMaryNZ
Jan 29, 2012 5:58 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

Well, yeah, take "bronze" for instance. Neither bronze leaves nor bronze flowers are bronze.
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Imageteddahlia
Aug 12, 2012 9:53 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Went to Grays Harbor show and saw this vibrant purple stellar flower in the seeding category. Grown by Drew and Wendy Brant. I showed it to Dan Pearson of Dan's Dahlias and he was extremely impressed by it's very beautiful dark purple color that appears to be the same as the purple flower Thomas Ediison. It is about 7 inches in diameter. Maybe it will get introduced in a couple of years. Thumb of 2012-08-12/teddahlia/88f6e6
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Imageedewitt
Aug 12, 2012 1:15 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
That's fantastic.
Imagehonnat
Aug 12, 2012 9:37 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Nice color and and at least in that photo - it looks like nice form. If I have a favorite form, it is stellar - so that will certainly be on my wish list once it is introduced.
Imageteddahlia
Aug 13, 2012 12:13 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
The bloom had some very large leaves and one judge said that it ought to be named "Dumbo". The form is very good but not as good as AC Rooster for example. The purple color is this blooms greatest asset.

In our first year seedling patch, a large(9inches in diameter) deep purple semi cactus is blooming and I let out a very loud "Wow" when I saw it today. I am going to take it's picture tomorrow morning. Purple is a very hard color to breed. Gordon Leroux of Kenora fame told us that he had a goal of breeding a large or giant purple bloom that he could name after his wife. He died and that goal was not fulfilled.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
steves
Aug 13, 2012 5:43 AM CST
Name: steve stevanus
baltimore county maryland
Ted,why not name it "Wow"
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Imagehonnat
Aug 13, 2012 8:53 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
AC Rooster has nice form; but the blooms are often 'clock faced' and can be a bit shaggy in heat. There was a nice big one at the MN show last year and it only had a red ribbon with no competition because of those faults. I'm trying it again this year along with 'Born Rojo.' I'm planning on only keeping one of them; so this is their audition. :)

Hollyhill Wow - I like it. The 'wow' dahlias don't have to be red and yellow flames. Other colors make us go "wow" too.
ImageIslander
Aug 13, 2012 9:31 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
After Vikings comment about purple, I realized that most of my "Purple" shades are lavenders. I really do need some deep purples to punch it up a bit. This one looks great. I would like it!

I would even more like some bb sized ones. And stellar is my favorite shape also. I have lost my Woodlands Merinda , which would turn a nice purple late in autumn. I thought I had it but when it bloomed it was something else. I will watch Dan's List to see whe this appears! And am looking forward to your photo of your purple, Ted!



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Imageteddahlia
Aug 13, 2012 4:36 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Thumb of 2012-08-13/teddahlia/57cec3
Picture of the A sized first year seedling. Sun was shining pretty high in the sky when this was taken so the color is just a bit less purple than when I first saw it. It is a bit tall(over six feet) and it is hard to get a good camera angle without a tripod.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageRedmondPhyllis
Aug 13, 2012 9:36 PM CST
Name: Phyllis Stengl
Sequim, WA
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Like that seedling! And btw, I like the idea of the name wow! It says it all, and packs a lot in three letters!
Imageteddahlia
Dec 30, 2012 12:33 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Back in 2005 this brightly colored seedling bloomed for the first time. My wife has insisted that we grow each year and we are always amazed by it's "neon" purple color that is very similar to Thomas Edison. It has very loose form and grows a bit tall and does not have all that many flowers but it sure is purple.Thumb of 2012-12-30/teddahlia/137ce9
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ImageIslander
Dec 30, 2012 6:04 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
WOW! THat is a hot color! Much like Wyn's Mystique and Jennifer's Wedding (Which bloomed open center for me all this year).

I presume you are trying to correct the faults in it while maintaining the intense color. Looks like an excellent goal to be reaching for!
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Imageedewitt
Dec 30, 2012 7:35 PM CST
Name: Eric DeWitt
Mountainair, NM
The picture sells it right off the bat. Sign me up for one if you ever introduce it.
Imageteddahlia
Jan 21, 2013 11:04 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
My wife and I were talking about waterlilies and why there are no purple waterlilies. In the classification book there is only Karma Lagoon, a bedding variety(that we grew for a year but did not keep). It is our belief that if a really nice royal purple(dark purple with a touch of blue pigment) were ever introduced that it would command a very high price. And as we discussed it further, we have never had a purple waterlily seedling. We discussed our crosses this last year and doubt that any will appear in our seedlings. We are trying to devise a strategy to breed one, but it will be few year away.

Any comments on purple waterlilies?
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageMaryNZ
Jan 21, 2013 11:41 AM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

There are a couple of two tone ones, with a lilac petal front and a purple reverse. Lauren Michelle and another one very similar. These have very flat petals. It would be good to see some with the cupped shape.
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/
Imageteddahlia
Jan 21, 2013 1:45 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Lauren Michele is classified as lavender but with the purple reverse it looks purple to me too. Under the new rules it could be changed to a dark blend as you do see the purple reverse. Sandia Shomei is another one in the lavender class. Margaret loves Shomei and has used it's pollen in several crosses recently. The picture on the Swan Island Dahlia site is pretty good: http://www.dahlias.com/sandiashomei-item604.aspx
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 21, 2013 6:23 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
If you can create a good purple waterlily it would be wonderful for us arrangers! Sure hope you succeed at this!
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ImageKimC
Jan 26, 2013 10:40 PM CST
I like my Karma Lagoon. I wish it had a little better form, though.



Thumb of 2013-01-27/KimC/959c5e

This is not a very good picture. It was taken with a cell phone as opposed to a camera. It really is much more purple than that.
Imageteddahlia
Jan 27, 2013 12:01 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
I suppose we need in deep purple:
A Giant dahlia, we have none?
A large dahlia, are there any besides Formby Kaitlyn?
More B sized dahlias
More BB sized dahlias
More miniature dahlias
and all the open center types.
More Ball and miniature ball
More stellar
And most of all to me waterlilies.
But the only one we do not need more of is Poms.
There are lots of purple poms.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageMaryNZ
Jan 27, 2013 10:29 PM CST
Name: Mary St George
New Zealand

I just saw 'Thomas Edison' today. It really is purple!
My photos are licensed CC BY (Attribution). More Dahlia photos here.
I also spend time in FB Dahlia groups at http://www.facebook.com/groups/363854624030/ and http://www.facebook.com/groups/dahlias/

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