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Imagehonnat
Nov 17, 2013 10:27 AM CST
St. Paul, MN
Sometimes, I find those are the best tuber producers. It seems when the mother tuber rots early on, the plant gets to work finding a replacement. I've been trying to put a star on the tags of the strongest plant of each variety from the farm. I've been surprised to find that many of these show signs of (early) mother tuber rot.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 30, 2014 9:44 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Purple Flame is new to me. The color is great and it is set off by dark foliage.
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Here is link to nice picture:
http://www.isabellasmith.com/17616-9513-thickbox/dahlia-purp...
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ImageFLflowerboy
Jul 30, 2014 8:47 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Nice...what size bloom?
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ImageIslander
Jul 30, 2014 9:07 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Ted, is that a purple picotee edge on Purple Flame"?

I have a nice purple today.Thumb of 2014-07-31/Islander/92076c

Ta DA! My first Sellwood Glory! Hopefully many more to come.
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Imagetgarland
Jul 31, 2014 7:47 AM CST
Name: Tim Garland
Boise, Idaho
Purple flame. I like that a lot.
Imageteddahlia
Jul 31, 2014 9:42 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
The flower is 18 inches in diameter and 12 inches deep and the plant is 12 feet tall!!! Rolling my eyes. Flower on my plant is about 5 inches in diameter and the plants that are still immature are at 3 feet. I expect them to grow taller. That edge may well be called picotee but I believe it disappears at maturity.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Jul 31, 2014 10:04 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
12 feet! OH my, what a glorious flower to edge the street side of the lawn with! I think that would be a kick out along the edge where the road runs... Folks would think you were most spectacularly talented! Mix it in with some of your hyper-tall Hollyhill ones and they would stop and gawk! They can have their sunflowers! Or intermix with the tallest Lovey dubby sunflowers... Why even the deer wouldn't eat them after they got up above the fence!
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steve22802
Jul 31, 2014 11:48 AM CST
Name: Steve Gerber
Harrisonburg, Virginia z6b
Did Honnat ever find the shade of purple he was looking for? I grow a lot of Boogie Nites, it's a nice middle of the road purple. I also grow a lot of Purple Joy but it's what I would call burgundy or maroon. I have a few Taboo. They tend to be toward the dark iridescent end of the spectrum and seem to be very difficult to photograph correctly. They are also usually pretty small for me, around 3 inches across. I've got one Thomas Edison growing for the first time and it will be interesting to compare it's shade of purple with the others. Formby Kaitlyn is a gorgeous large iridescent purple but is too big for my purposes (cutting) and doesn't have much stem length.

Boogie Nites
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Purple Joy

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Imageteddahlia
Jul 31, 2014 11:59 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
If you are on a quest for purple cut flowers, there are very few, if any, that are as prolific and healthy as other colors. One of my favorites is Sharky. Purple Joy is very old and very fragile genetically. It is also not a prolific or consistent flower maker.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
Imagecrittergarden
Jul 31, 2014 2:40 PM CST
Boogie nights is MY shade of purple!!!
Imageteddahlia
Jul 31, 2014 3:11 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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Here is a picture of Sharky from Old House Dahlias. He got his stock of this one from me a few years ago. Mark Harvey sells dahlia flowers for a living. He loves Sharky and if you order, I suggest you order it from his company Old House Dahlias.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageBenny101
Aug 2, 2014 7:09 AM CST
Greenville MI - zone 5b
When I ordered from Birch Bay I was on the fence between Sharky and Ms Zelda , I opted for Ms Zelda ( she is setting lots of buds right now), thinking we need to try Sharky next season .
portia
Aug 2, 2014 8:40 AM CST
Southern PA, Brandywine
Sellwood is amazing!

I have a very dark 'boogie nights''ish shade of purple noid opening, I can't wait to see it, it looks rather large and the bush so far is very robust.
ImageIslander
Aug 2, 2014 8:54 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I nortced the he petals on the back of Sellwood Glory turned brown within 2 days. Sun? Rain? its status as an Antique Dahlia? Who knows? But I don't know if it will be a good cut flower. We'll see how the 2nd bloom does.
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Imageteddahlia
Aug 2, 2014 9:14 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Sellwood Glory was never known as a cut flower. Since it was originated by a Portland club member in about 1950, they had a revolving trophy for the best one in the show. It was one of those old fashioned, brass loving cup types. I wonder where it ended up? I saw it many years ago in a box of old club stuff. The Sellwood neighborhood association was looking for a bunch of tubers about 10 years ago as they were going to try to have it in gardens there. You could say that Sellwood Glory has always been a "cult classic". But never a prolific cut flower.
We like to place a sign on our porch that says: We are in the garden. Really, we are always in the garden.
ImageIslander
Aug 2, 2014 9:22 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
OK, I will just enjoy it in my garden and next year plant it in the landscape. Plenty of others to take to market!
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ImageFLflowerboy
Aug 5, 2014 7:00 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Sharky in the FL rain
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anniecan
Aug 5, 2014 8:18 PM CST
Name: Annie Luck
Apex, North Carolina
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Loving that Sharky Jon! What's mixed in with it, lower left in photo?
ImageFLflowerboy
Aug 5, 2014 9:49 PM CST
Name: Jon George
Gainesville, FL
...crazy enough to grow dahlias in
Thanks, Annie! That's Irish Blackheart.
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ImageIslander
Aug 5, 2014 10:00 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
My Boley award winners from last year are just starting to kick in good. Sandia Candy Corn started last week, I have my first Ms LisaThumb of 2014-08-06/Islander/f1abc9 And Irish Blackhart is starting to put out more blooms. Sandia Warbonnet is going to be a bit later so I hope it is building up its strength to make some big blooms!

The Fertilizer program should spur it onwards and upwards.

Ms Lisa looks like a good substitute for Summer Rain since I don't have it this year. Its a bit smaller or at least the first bloom is but the wavy recurved petals in the soft pink/gold/ peach shades is similar.
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