Dahlias forum: Dahlia naming

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Sep 17, 2015 5:51 PM CST
I find it interesting.

Many are named after family members. For example, I have 'Speckled Tim' that was developed by Frey and named after his son. My guess is that Tim was not speckled:)

One of my all time favorite dahlias is 'Cornel.' Breeders first name was Cor and his wife's name was Nel. From the Netherlands, probably Cornelius?

Some are just plain descriptive like 'Ketchup and Mustard.' Really gives you an idea of what this dahlia will look like.

Lets not forget about white dahlias. We have blizzard, snow.........

Anyone have an interesting dahlia naming anecdote?

Name: Cinda
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gardengus
Sep 17, 2015 6:59 PM CST
I have a no name one that looks like crazy Ivan

Thumb of 2015-09-18/gardengus/6ca77b

not an exact match but it is crazy
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Name: Arlene
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pirl
Sep 17, 2015 7:14 PM CST
Love it, Cinda.

Frank - while I don't have stories or dahlias by name, I used to collect daylilies by name and still have my "Family Plot", which amuses my husband.

Name: Mary Stella
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Oberon46
Sep 19, 2015 9:07 AM CST
That is funny Arlene.
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