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skylark
Oct 31, 2014 10:13 AM CST
i am far from being a specialist on the subject...so a looked around at more images/nurseries.
it seems that D. 'Bishop of York' has a soft orangy cast to it.
whereas D. 'Misty Illusion' is almost the same, may be brighter cooler yellow?
i just searched some more to see if they differ much. and found this entry, stating that 'Knockout' is the same as 'Mystic Illusion'?! and we have both in DB. i'll open a DB post to ask if it's duplicate entries.
http://www.learn2grow.com/plants/dahlia-knockout-mystic-illu...
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Oberon46
Oct 31, 2014 11:01 AM CST
I wouldn't be too sure they are the same. I found these postings at the Portland Nursery as if they were two different types of plants:

‘Bishop’s Children’ are seedlings of the variety ‘Bishop of Llandaff’ which retain the dark foliage of that parent, but come in a number of peony-flowered colors.

The Mystic Series: Dark foliage with red, yellow, pink and white, or orange informal decorative blooms on compact plants to about 2’ tall.

Here is a url to the mystic series. They are seriously lovely, both foliage and flowers.
http://www.mysticdahlia.com/

I thought this was an interesting quote in the Yakima Magazine.

"But life has not always been charmed for the dahlia, which has often been snubbed by more sophisticated gardeners. Perhaps it’s because influential English gardener Gertrude Jekyll commented that “the dahlia’s first duty in life is to flaunt and to swagger.” She may have had in mind “dinner plate” dahlias, which sport flowers that can be more than a foot in diameter. If their names are descriptive — “Kelvin Floodlight,” “Bodacious,” “Babylon Red” or “Gladiator” — she may have had a point. "
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
JC/NYC (Zone 7b)
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skylark
Oct 31, 2014 11:56 AM CST
oh, i did not mean that Bishop's series and Mystic's were the same!
it should've read like this:
...it seems that D. 'Bishop of York' has a soft orangy cast to it.
whereas D. 'Misty Illusion' is almost the same [as D. 'Knockout'], may be brighter cooler yellow?

i also tried to find the final height on both. most sources state 1'-3' for height and 1'-1.5' spread. but it might depend on the length of the season/temps,etc. it would be interesting to see them side by side for comparison for flowers AND foliage..

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