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Imageteddahlia
Dec 14, 2015 9:59 AM CST
Name: Ted
Oregon
We enjoy breeding new dahlias!
There seems to be several people who admire dahlia flower traits that are not recognized by the American Dahlia Society:
(1)Picotee flowers. This color pattern is the "Bees Knees" for many people. I have noticed that there is a short life of the picotee pattern after picking. I would give it about 24 hours in the vase before the red pigment bleeds into the background color. Any comments?
(2) Swirling "Birds Nest" cactus flowers. The ADS defines incurved cactus and does not have a specific class for the swirled types. Margaret and I love them to the point that we have been known to show "overripe" blooms just to show off the swirled pattern.
(3) "Barbies"(my own term for them). There are flowers that have little barbs on the florets, usually on laciniated flowers but not always. Horse Feathers was the first one I saw. Then there was Thistle and Pink Thistle. Then the Heeringas came up with a couple of them but the names escape me. Magic Moment has a few of the barbs.too.

Any more unrecognized categories? Someone mention flowers with notches rather than official laciniations.
Too many flowers, not enough time!

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