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Sep 24, 2015 6:06 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Would love to know your favorites this year, the dahlias that you look forward to growing again next year. Pics would be wonderful.
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Sep 24, 2015 6:54 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Ferncliff Copper was new for me this year (thanks to Geof/Mandolls) and I guess my many photos of it must confirm that it's my favorite this year:
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Penhill Yellow Queen is outstanding at 4' and looks like a beacon in the garden:
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French Doll has been a favorite for years. The coleus grew beyond 3' so I've been cutting them back to allow French Doll to show off:
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Nadine Jessie is gorgeous:
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Vancouver is a must for me. If I couldn't have it in the garden I doubt I'd grow any dahlias:
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Sep 24, 2015 8:09 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, I love your Vancouver and Ferncliff Copper! The others are great too but these two stand out the most. I must add these two to my want list. Thank you, Arlene.
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Sep 24, 2015 8:30 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Thanks, Karen. It's such fun growing them.
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Sep 25, 2015 5:28 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Thats a hard one.

but a few jump to mind immediately.

Skipley Bonanza has been producing steadily, and I keep being amazed at how beautiful it is. I had it last year, but it bloomed late and I only had 2-3 blooms all year. This year it has been blooming for months.
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Enchantress has me enchanted *Blush*
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Spartacus - usually I odnt get many blooms off the big ones, but Spartacus has been putting them out.
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Galen Rose - I added quite a few new Ball dahlias this year, and this is probably my favorite of them


Zapf's Desert Storm has also been consistently beautiful
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If you asked me next week They might be different, but these are the first ones that came to mind.
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Sep 25, 2015 6:26 PM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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I think the ball type is my favorite style ...and WOW that white one is gorgeous Thumbs up
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Sep 25, 2015 9:20 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I have been late in coming to like the ball dahlias, but I am liking them more and more. Galen Rose has beautiful coloring and form - the pic I posted is a bit early - the petals do curl around the back perfectly as it matures.
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Sep 26, 2015 7:13 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
It's a beauty, Jeff. How big is it?

The coloring reminds me of other white ones with that slight touch of lavender, like Michael C.
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Sep 26, 2015 9:57 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Galen Rose is only 4-4.5" bloom, pretty average size for a Ball. I don't know Michael C, but it looks quite a bit like Midnight Moon.

I have so many really intensely colored dahlias this year that the the whites and light blends really stand out amongst them.

Midnight Moon
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Sep 26, 2015 10:32 AM CST
Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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Is that the one in your avatar?
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Eternity, only two.
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Sep 26, 2015 11:14 AM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Actually the one in my avatar is Mingus Gregory, which I no longer have - I need to get it back as it was a favorite.
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Sep 26, 2015 11:15 AM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Galen Rose is a pretty one. I had it long ago. The light colored dahlias do stand out while the darker ones tend to recede unless they're next to a light one, making them more noticeable.
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Sep 26, 2015 1:48 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Sempervivums Lilies Irises Hostas Garden Art
Daylilies Dahlias Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I am new to dahlias but my favorite is this mislabeled one (said Color Spectacle). Blooms like crazy!

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Also really enjoying Crazy Legs - amazed how different the blooms look on the same plant.





Lisa
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Sep 26, 2015 3:43 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
Region: Ukraine Dahlias I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Houseplants Tomato Heads Garden Ideas: Level 1
Plant Identifier Photo Contest Winner: 2014 Million Pollinator Garden Challenge Celebrating Gardening: 2015
So pretty and so vibrant, Lisa!

I'd rather have a blooming machine with the wrong name, if it is wrong, than one with the right name that only gives four or five blooms each summer.
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Sep 26, 2015 4:05 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Wow, your top 5 are all gorgeous, Geof. Skipley Bonanza, Spartacus, and Zapf's Desert Storm are superhot. I particularly like the form of Skipley Bonanza and Spartacus Your Galen Rose has such lovely romantic colors.
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Sep 26, 2015 4:06 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Lisa, I agree with Arlene. They are all so pretty. The color range in dahlias is incredible. There are so many varieties and forms.
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Sep 26, 2015 4:56 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
My favorites this year are Tartan, Thomas Edison, Zoey Rey, Alpine Diamond, and a tie between Candlelight, Lucca Johanna, and Cafe Au Lait. I hope my Cafe Au Lait does better next year. It blooms a bit later than others.

Tartan
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Thomas Edison

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Zoey Rey (not its best bloom)
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Lucca Johanna
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Sep 26, 2015 5:03 PM CST
Name: Lisa Klette
Dayton, KY (Zone 6a)
Region: Kentucky Sempervivums Lilies Irises Hostas Garden Art
Daylilies Dahlias Plant and/or Seed Trader Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Love Tartan Lovey dubby

I will be looking for that one, thanks I tip my hat to you.
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Sep 26, 2015 5:05 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I think Cafe Au Lait is over-rated. It has become incredibly popular, due to Martha Stewart, but it blooms late and I have never gotten many flowers from it. I do like the soft beige-ish color, but I am not sure I will bother growing it again.

I haven't heard of any really "serious" dahlia growers who like it much, unless they are selling to florists, who apparently can't get enough of it due to wedding order. Your Tartan and Thomas Edison look great !
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Sep 26, 2015 5:16 PM CST
Name: Jennifer
48036 MI (Zone 6b)
Cottage Gardener Houseplants Spiders! Heucheras Frogs and Toads Dahlias
Hummingbirder Sedums Winter Sowing Peonies Region: Michigan Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I lost my Thomas Edison this year. Sad It was one of my favorites

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