Talked to a Tennesee grower today. His flowers are ahead of mine and he is picking lots of flowers. It is starting to get warm there and was in the 90s for their 4th of July. The summer temps there do not cool off at night remaining even as high as 80 but it has been good season so far. He is trying a bunch of the British flowers having bought a boatload from Halls of Heddon and took lots of cuttings from them. He is growing 10 Sheval Megan for example. I warned him again that UK varieties often cannot take the heat.
Today I think Sheval Megan would be quite happy here along the Columbia.. I don't think it went over 70 degrees and with the overcast she wouldn't have faded at all...The colors are staying lovely on my few early blooms without that sun bleaching them out . MY first 3 dahlias are still blooming after more then a week, though Ken's Rarety is getting a bi toward the end. Camano Zoe is new to me and it is that delicate blush pink...glad I bought it.
. This is my last remaining seedling from Hollyhill Paris that I had 4 years ago. I think it is a 3rd generation. I call it Salish Night Fire. It grows on a tall bush, is I think, a miniature flower, with a slight fimbriation, but what I love best about it is the glowing color and easy size for bouquet work. We will see how it does this season. It passed seasons 1 and 2.
HH Paris was a seedling of an old timer called Dainty Miss. Dainty Miss also produced HH Bridget that in turn produced HH Contessa. We seldom have flame colored seedlings here. HH Paris and Dainty Miss and HH Bridget were always strong growers.
Mingus Toni was introduced by Helen Bair who lived a block or so away from Phil Mingus He tossed it on the compost pile and she rescued it, grew it, took it to the Farmers markets and had people standing in line to buy it. Phil got some stock back and it became his best seller. Evaluating seedlings is not an easy thing to do and we all have weaknesses in this endeavor. I like what I like and Margaret likes what she likes and when we both like something, it is usually pretty good.
'Chewy' a 2019 Swan Island introduction. Already the biggest plant in the field. After pinching one plant has 4 blooming flowers at the top of the leaf canopy. One of the first to bloom too. Good color capture on my phone.
Salish Twilight Girl seems to need longer to make tubers then other dahlias. IT would probably be excellent as a pot tuber. The best ones I grew were from a small clump of tubers I potted up in late February and grew on in 5 gallon pot. I separated the tubers at planting time and they made a lot of half grown tubers that did not store well the next fall. I have a nice bunch of them growing this summer and we will see how the tubers look at digging time. I try to keep some potted up now, I may risk leaving a clump in the bed this winter and seeing how it does. I think they may do better with a longer growing season...
I am enjoying my seedlings . The River's Rosebud seedling is opening out into a nice flower and the red appears to be non fade.
"Rosebud's Baby"...I am really enjoying this one. Its a nice size too...maybe 5"? with a tall, good looking plant. The flower is lasting nicely and opens a bit more each day. It appears to have a nice number of petals.
And this colorette has dabs of red and gold on the petaloids.
The form isn't one of my favorites but it seems to have everything else..color, durability, healthy plant and not too big a size for flower arranging.. And it will NOT be called Rosemary's Baby..that is final!
I have thought about doing a list of dahlia names that are inappropriate. It would be difficult as so many bad names would be scatological or licentious. Nonetheless, occasionally I will mention a potentially bad name in jest. What may well be more inappropriate to to make fun of names that people have used for dahlias. There are so many and I have to hold myself back at times.
Some are funny only if you know the "back story" of the name . Blyton Softer Gleam sounds rather poetic until you find out it was named after a British toothpaste.
Some are just overtly erudite(not a dahlia trait) Nagel's Solidite is one. It conjured up a picture of of soldier in military garb in my mind. However, solidite is not a soldier but just big word for sturdy or solid. The flower was not sturdy or solid and has gone nearly extinct.