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Imageteddahlia
Jul 6, 2020 3:08 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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.
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Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Jul 6, 2020 7:02 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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.

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ImageIslander
Jul 8, 2020 4:39 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Thumb of 2020-07-08/Islander/ae1204 . 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.

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Imageteddahlia
Jul 8, 2020 5:01 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
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Imageblown_dry
Jul 11, 2020 10:49 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
I didn't dig my AC PAC so it started blooming in June. Enjoy the in-focus background?

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Imageteddahlia
Jul 12, 2020 9:26 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
AC Pac looks like one that we should acquire for breeding.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
Imageblown_dry
Jul 12, 2020 4:24 PM CST
Name: Amanda
CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b
DahliaAddict.com
AC PAC is a stunner! It doesn't make many tubers however. It's one of those dig every other year types. Tall healthy plant though.
ImageCosey
Jul 13, 2020 6:53 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
First blooms this year....goes to a red sport of Mingus Toni that was never meant to be kept but over wintered in a raised bed. It hasn't been fertilized or treated for pests.

And Crazy Cleere's. Always starts super bright purple and a green button for me. Thumb of 2020-07-13/Cosey/ec6b5c
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Imageteddahlia
Jul 13, 2020 8:19 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Jul 15, 2020 11:44 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
'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.
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Imagesylviap
Jul 15, 2020 1:24 PM CST
Name: Sylvia
West Sacramento, CA Zone 9b
Pretty colors.
Imagemelissamaeday
Jul 15, 2020 2:18 PM CST
Name: Melissa
Omaha,NE
Dang, I knew I should have purchased Chewy! So pretty!


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Imageteddahlia
Jul 15, 2020 2:18 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
An example of a flower where the color on the reverse of the petal makes it prettier. Noni's Salish Twilight Girl is one of the best.(but it did not keep for me).
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Jul 15, 2020 2:29 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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...
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Imagemelissamaeday
Jul 15, 2020 7:37 PM CST
Name: Melissa
Omaha,NE
It’s been nonstop hot and ridiculous here, but here are a couple of my first blooms.

AC Barney
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Destiny’s John Michael (this was a bonus, not something I’d normally grow, but cute nonetheless for a ‘weed’ dahlia)
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ImageIslander
Jul 15, 2020 8:13 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
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.


Thumb of 2020-07-16/Islander/fa5ff3 "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.

Thumb of 2020-07-16/Islander/1c401a And this colorette has dabs of red and gold on the petaloids.
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Imageteddahlia
Jul 15, 2020 9:49 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Rosemary's Baby is very red. Oops, Rosebud's Baby. Looks good so far.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Jul 16, 2020 8:18 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
BAD TED, BAD!

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!
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Imageteddahlia
Jul 16, 2020 10:03 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
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.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Jul 25, 2020 9:43 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Thumb of 2020-07-26/Islander/0883a1 Gabbie's Wish. THis was my "Spluge", a new intro from Swan Island. Its pretty but is it pretty enough to justify the price? We will see...
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