We will miss Les Connell. He was a dependable source for many hard to find varieties. He kept on breeding new ones too. I hope his son or grandson will continue to sell nice dahlias. I will always remember our only visit to Les's commercial gardens back when. He grew them tall and healthy and had many, many really nice varieties. I believe that Nenekazi came out that year (1997?)and it looked magical(and it still does; one of the best laciniated dahlias). We were selling cut flowers back then and his row of Shadow Cat blew us over.
Les Connell's gardens were my first real introduction to dahlias in all their glory too. It was such a joyful experience to share it with friends or family. I remember going with my best friend several years before we went into the cut flower business together and I am sure it was one of our inspirations.
I purchased Tahoma Tang, too! I stumbled upon the website around 11 PM, and even scored a couple of Bloomquist Blush tubers (I have been kicking myself for 3 years for not purchasing it from Dahlias by Les and Viv when I had the chance).
From Julies website: "This dahlia season has been a struggle for Julie's Dahlias. We unfortunately got caught in the middle of the Echo Mountain Complex wildfire and lost everything. We lost our home, greenhouses and shop and unfortunately over 1000 dahlias. "
I've offered to give Julie my extra tubers this year and let her sell them or grow them on. I like helping out deserving people and I hate selling them myself...this way we both win! I wish I had more tubers, I am not seeing a prolific crop with mine. But that is OK since I just needed the pollen and flowers from these, and to replace the ones I want to grow again. I wish I had more to offer her.
I just figured out how to do basic inventory control a few years ago. I let PayPal keep track and although it is a bit more work, it does work pretty well. Dan's Dahlias has really sophisticated inventory controls and he gets lots of reports from the software for the website. Since I do our website, and I am especially cheap, I will continue to use our ancient software. The big change in recent years is that most people use their cell phones to access the websites. I am still using a 10 year old flip phone and have no idea how our website does on cell phones. I do know we sell out very quickly so the buyers must be able to access it. I worry that all those pictures I load each year are pretty much wasted on cell phone users.
Name: Amanda CA Redwood Coast - Zone 9b DahliaAddict.com
I'm a little old school in that I prefer a desktop. I find that many sites have capabilities that don't exist in their mobile versions. But I'm a nerd. I liked computers back when BASIC programming was the thing and I had cassette tape data storage on my Commodore Vic 20. I disagree about whether suppliers owe me an inventory system, but it is frustrating to miss out. We've all had that experience many times, I'm sure.
I am dividing tubers. One of our favorite seedlings that we want to introduce has 40 tubers plus I have about 3 pot tubers saved away. Is that enough tubers to sell it? I like to have at least 50 tubers of something to sell. I am going to do something that I have hesitated to do over the years: we will charge lots more for the tubers and that will make up for having fewer tubers. Margaret agrees with me. In this case, I believe the variety is well worth the higher price. I will write a description full of superlatives and will use nice pictures. I will reveal it to you all later.
I always believe that any person selling product they have created has the right to set the price to whatever they so choose. If people don’t like it, they will move along. I don’t mind paying more, especially for Hollyhill varieties. I don’t think people realize the amount of time and effort that goes into it.