Dahlias forum: The party's over (in Michigan)

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Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Oct 18, 2015 5:54 AM CST
First hard frost in Michigan, last two nights. Normal time for a frost.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Oct 18, 2015 6:08 AM CST
Me too here in WI - I have to get out there today and cut them all back.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
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jvdubb
Oct 18, 2015 6:52 AM CST
I was actually happy for the hard frost! Last year it was November before my dahlias were looking sad enough to be dug. I have off work this coming week so I will have plenty of time to get them cleaned up and tucked into their winter beds.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Oct 18, 2015 8:13 AM CST
Photos after the first hard frost in Michigan.


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Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 18, 2015 9:02 AM CST
Too sad to see their beauty is gone but "there's always next year".
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan

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frankrichards16
Oct 18, 2015 9:28 AM CST
@pirl

Actually, I find a certain beauty in the Fall garden:)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
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pirl
Oct 18, 2015 10:18 AM CST
@frankrichards16

So do I, Frank, but I'd like to enjoy the dahlias for another few weeks and normally we do.

My favorite in fall is the Powhatan crape myrtle:
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Name: Liz Best
Elizabeth Colorado (Zone 4b)
Peonies Winter Sowing Dahlias Region: Colorado Plant and/or Seed Trader Enjoys or suffers cold winters
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LizinElizabeth
Oct 18, 2015 8:09 PM CST
That is certainly some pretty fall foliage, Arlene. Can see why it's your favorite!
Liz
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Oct 19, 2015 7:08 AM CST
Thanks, Liz. Even the next door neighbor came over to ask what it is and she's not a gardener (at all).
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Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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kousa
Oct 19, 2015 11:55 AM CST
Well, dahlia season is definitely over for PA. Will have to start digging soon.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Oct 19, 2015 12:25 PM CST
Sorry to hear it, Karen. We all wait so long for lots of blooms and an early frost ends the show in one night.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Oct 20, 2015 11:28 AM CST
My Amur maples are a bright spot, like your trees Arlene. The crabapple tree is leafless but is covered with bright large red berries. Almost like it has leaves. Wish they just didn't all into my garden bed. Wonder if I could cover it with plastic to catch them. Or at least most of them. New peonies and lilies are in the ground, the soggy wet ground. Thumbs down Just have to hope they don't rot before freeze up. We are running in the mid to low 30's at night and in the 50's during the day. We have had a day or so of hard frost but that was over two weeks ago. Keep expecting to wake up to a frosty morning one of these days. Time to shut down the pond. What a miserable task. But I do love the crisp autumn when the rain stops.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Oct 20, 2015 6:13 PM CST
Within a few days Powhatan should be in full color. I do love all the fall colors.

I bet you could put down plastic to catch the berries and save yourself the job of retrieving them from the garden.

Last Friday I received some replacement peonies for some I had ordered. One had just one eye - not acceptable. The other had NO eyes and that replaced one that had NO eyes. It teaches me who won't get my business in the future.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY (a little late), Mary!
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Oct 21, 2015 3:40 PM CST
Thanks Arlene. It was a great week with lots of get togethers with children and grandchildren. I must remember to try the visqueen thing.
"What a person needs in gardening is a cast iron back with a hinge in it" Charles Dudley Warner (spelling edited by Dinu lol)
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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pirl
Oct 21, 2015 5:49 PM CST
Still harvesting both ripe and green tomatoes here along with cucumbers, peppers and squash.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Oct 21, 2015 6:08 PM CST
Before
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After clean up
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Oct 21, 2015 6:24 PM CST
You're left with photos and good memories. It's all so nice and clean now. Your dog doesn't help you just as Smitty is no help to me!

I couldn't help noticing your green bucket. I have the same one and love how sturdy it is.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Oct 23, 2015 10:18 AM CST
Just lifted all my dahlias. Forty clumps. Sadly my all time favorite American Dawn only has one good tuber. I guess one is better than none.

I better get back at it. Time to rinse them.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Plant Identifier
pirl
Oct 23, 2015 10:50 AM CST
Good job, Jennifer. I'll be doing it in about a month and really don't look forward to it.
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Garden Ideas: Level 2
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jvdubb
Oct 23, 2015 4:56 PM CST
Oh my aching back!

But all washed and divided. Will label and pack on Sunday.

I'm pretty sure I ruined my American Dawn too. I gave my neighbor one. So perhaps hers will have multiplied sufficiently.

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