Dahlia Photos: the sublime to the blurry forum: 2020 Dahlias Blooming

 
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Imageteddahlia
Aug 22, 2020 10:52 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Nice pictures. Lots of orange. Margaret has named an orange one after her mother.
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Too many flowers, not enough time!
Imagehonnat
Aug 23, 2020 7:56 PM CST
St. Paul, MN
Summer Rain hitting its peak.
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JS Jenny
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Skipley Snoho Bill
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Skipley Smiles
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ImageCosey
Aug 24, 2020 7:50 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Honnet- you're making me add Summer Rain to my 2021 purchase list!

My first bloom of Hilltop Dagwood.
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ImageIslander
Aug 24, 2020 9:24 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I am missing Skipley Smiles this year. I know I had it but well, getting a new garden established has been a bit chaotic and there were casualties...also lots of mislabels on the ones I brought from my Island Garden.I did what I could.
Salish Dahlias
Imageteddahlia
Aug 24, 2020 11:09 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Cosey wrote:Honnet- you're making me add Summer Rain to my 2021 purchase list!

My first bloom of Hilltop Dagwood.
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This is how they show dahlias in San Francisco; They love what I call pin frogs. And they like to place them in pretty glass containers.

Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Aug 24, 2020 8:00 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
teddahlia wrote:

This is how they show dahlias in San Francisco; They love what I call pin frogs. And they like to place them in pretty glass containers.



A friend gifted me this vintage pin cup and I LOVE it. I'm using it exclusively for my photography right now. I went and found another unique one online last night. It's a super classy and secure way to show off a bloom. I give them my full endorsement.
ImageCosey
Aug 24, 2020 8:04 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
So much fun for simple designs!

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Imageteddahlia
Aug 24, 2020 9:24 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
We have a big collection of pin frogs that Margaret uses in her arrangements for the shows. The water designs need to have a way of anchoring flowers almost invisibly and she piles up small decorative rocks to hide the pin frogs. They hold an amazing amount of both flowers and greens. She uses the floral adhesive tape to glue the frog to the dry container and then the water is added. The adhesive is waterproof. The downside of these water arrangements is that they do not travel well and have to be dismantled and then put back together at the show. Some pin frogs are worth a lot of money. You can still buy new ones at the wholesale florist supply company.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Aug 25, 2020 2:41 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Margaret's arrangements are always stunning. She has a good eye for balance and symmetry.
SteveM
Aug 27, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
honnat wrote:Summer Rain hitting its peak.



Nice job keeping the blooms so clean. Do you sell many of the larger varieties to florists or does the public buy them directly (flower stand,etc.).
SteveM
Aug 27, 2020 9:20 AM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
teddahlia wrote:Nice pictures. Lots of orange. Margaret has named an orange one after her mother.
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Great color and depth! Would you classify it as an IC or SC? (or C)


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Imageteddahlia
Aug 27, 2020 10:23 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
When a very famous judge was doing classification at a very important show, he took about 30 minutes to make a determination. as to whether the bloom was incurved cactus or straight cactus. He asked all the judges walking by for opinions, including me. I actually do not remember how it came out. My guess would be that this renowned judge would call the bloom in the picture an incurved cactus. I am big believer in the 3 foot appraisal where if in doubt, look at it from 3 feet and make your best guess. The issues of whether the petals roll up enough to be cactus or semi cactus are to be used as a guide and the longer view is more accurate to me.

Embrace is a cactus to me and I do not care about the fact that those long skinny petals do not close completely. They are cactus petals from 3 feet away.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
SteveM
Aug 27, 2020 1:20 PM CST
Name: Steve
San Diego
Commercial cut flower grower
I prefer the "three foot" rule. Didn't judges used to use that rule when distinguishing a blend from a bi-color? (maybe they still do)
ImageCosey
Aug 27, 2020 1:33 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
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First bloom of HH Pollyanna in Pennsylvania! It's doing well!
Imageteddahlia
Aug 27, 2020 1:43 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
HH Pollyanna is starting to bloom here. I have marked a seedling from it that is that "almost white but a slight overlay of pink" color.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageCosey
Sep 1, 2020 6:22 PM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
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Verrones Sandra J- new to me this year. It just started blooming for me a week ago, but I have every stem sold this week. A September blooming orange isn't a bad thing.
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Imageteddahlia
Sep 1, 2020 9:22 PM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
Verrones Sandra J- is named after Roland Verrone's ex wite. It was classified as a stellar when the stellar definition was very confusing and then dumped out of the class into the formal decorative class where it ceased to win as many ribbons. It is a visually pretty flower that conveys both an orderly lay of petals(usually appreciated by men) and a very pleasing color . For us, it's major fault was an unusual ability to soak up rain drops, becoming extremely heavy and then the stem would break. It was a seedling of Camano Pet. I enjoy seeing this one at a show as it is very pretty.
Too many flowers, not enough time!
ImageIslander
Sep 1, 2020 11:04 PM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
I had the same experience in the rainy Puget Sound area. It was a pretty flower when it was upright....
Salish Dahlias
ImageCosey
Sep 2, 2020 5:06 AM CST
Name: LeeAnn
Zone 6b, Pennsylvania
Well, I've already had 2 solid days of rain and only one layer of netting over this one. I hope it's still standing 😂
ImageIslander
Sep 2, 2020 9:15 AM CST
Name: Noni Morrison
Warren, Oregon
retired flower farmer
Cosey, I might just poke a bamboo stake in for this one and tie a few extra ties...also if its really wet when it blooms maybe some extra support around the flower bud that is opening? I have had them totally break from the weight of water in the flower. I decided I didn't like it THAT well...
Salish Dahlias

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