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Jun 21, 2016 5:11 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
There are a couple that I have already cut, without taking a picture, but this is what is blooming in the Dahlia patch right now (happy Summer Solstice!)

Its all small dahlias so far, but I have more smalls than I have ever had before.


Gala Star - Orchid

Verrone's Morning Star- Orchette

Honka - Orchid

Juul's Allstar- Orchid

Hollyhill Pixie - Mini Ball
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Zippity Do Da - Pom

Irish Miss- Pom
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Jun 21, 2016 6:05 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
Beautiful blooms, Geof. The first, fourth and fifth are so lovely.
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Jun 21, 2016 7:28 PM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Great blooms, Geof! I just happy to have a couple buds here in the Sahara Desert.
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Jun 21, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
What an exciting start to your dahlia blooming season, Geof! I really like your Veronne's Morning Star. What a beautiful flower and a very apt name!
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Jun 21, 2016 9:45 PM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
After returning from Houston, tx was rather disappointed to see that the dahlias were not amping up as they usually do. Not going to be a good year from what I can see. Hot weather has exacerbated the wimpiness of the plants. Some will make it though. They always do.
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Jun 22, 2016 7:16 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 not just you, Mary. Dan and I have been talking about some that just haven't shown much growth. Some are fine but few are as big as I'd have thought they'd be.
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Jun 22, 2016 7:52 AM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
I agree. Things are starting slow. I have seen buds on only a couple. For some reason, most remain rather short.
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Jun 22, 2016 9:03 AM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
What's up with all the short plants this year? Sounds like it's not just mine. I have some that are branched out as wide as a basketball but are no more than 10-12" tall.
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Jun 22, 2016 4:33 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I still have a lot of short ones too - but its still June. I used to never get blooms at all until mid July and that was the small ones. When I look at my notes from last year, even the BB's didn't start opening until mid July. My first AA bloom was July 22nd.

I started my tubers a bit earlier, and then planted them about a week earlier than normal, and we have also had an enormous amount of rain and a warmer June than normal.

The rain has also brought the insects out in swarms. I have more bug damage than I remember having. You gatt a take the bad with the good. Shrug!
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Jun 24, 2016 3:47 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
I have a few more opening up.

River's Novelty - a bit bug chewed


Kelgai Anne -



Bel Red Sunset- needs another day or so to be fully open
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Jun 24, 2016 6:44 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
Beautiful blooms, Geof!
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Jun 24, 2016 8:24 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
So exciting to see so many blooms in June for your zone! Your dahlias are growing great!
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Jun 26, 2016 7:56 PM CST
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Hellebores Ferns
Daylilies Bulbs Birds Xeriscape
Wow, that River's Novelty is so awesome!!

So planting my dahlias on 4/15 didn't produce super early blooms. My first bloom came last week and a second plant bloomed a few days ago. Oddly enough, and I hope I'm not jinxing myself here, but the JBs haven't attacked them yet. JBs are hitting some other things pretty heavy so I know they're out there. I was really happy none of them rotted with that 3 week stretch of cool, damp weather in May.

Hootenanny
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Jitterbug


And, more importantly, my favorite little dahlia, Addison Big Grin
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Jun 26, 2016 8:03 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
Welcome, Addison! So very sweet!
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Jun 26, 2016 8:07 PM CST
Name: Karen
Southeast PA (Zone 6b)
Celebrating Gardening: 2015
Sequoia, your little Addison steals the show! So adorable! How old is she?
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Jun 27, 2016 6:33 AM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Love your flowers, Jeff. Especially the third one! That's a little cutie pie! Congrats!
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Jun 27, 2016 8:05 PM CST
Lititz, PA (Zone 6b)
Bee Lover Region: Pennsylvania Native Plants and Wildflowers Lilies Hellebores Ferns
Daylilies Bulbs Birds Xeriscape
Thank you! She is 8 weeks old today. Definitely more work than my 15 dahlias though Sticking tongue out but more worth it Big Grin
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Jul 5, 2016 5:49 PM CST
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Dahlias Region: Wisconsin Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Garden Ideas: Level 1
Addison's a cutie - I can't compete with that one, but do have a few more dahlias blooming.

Alpen Fury


Dana Iris


Raz Ma Taz


Roban Royal
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Jul 5, 2016 7:19 PM CST
Name: Mary Stella
Chester, VA (Zone 7b)
Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Peonies Permaculture Ponds
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Addison is the prettiest flower of the bunch. Hurray! Is it just me or are we seeing some very new very lovely dahlias that I have never heard of . Love them all.
From -60 Alaska to +100 Virginia. Wahoo
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Jul 6, 2016 8:40 AM CST
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
Garden Photography Composter Dahlias Region: Ohio Region: Ukraine Enjoys or suffers cold winters
Good to see you back on the forum, Mary. I hope you heal without needing surgery. Easy with the digging! I have you on my prayer list.

Great blooms, Geof!

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