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Salt Spring Island, BC (Zone 8b)
Dahlias Region: Pacific Northwest Cut Flowers Keeper of Poultry Region: Canadian Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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islander
Jun 26, 2017 5:58 PM CST
My Spartacus is 3+' and shading an 'Edinburgh'. I've been using old metal blinds cut for labels but they are peeling and fading. What do you all use for labels that last? Have any of you treated cutting grown Dahlias as windowsill plants to overwinter? A recent heatwave put most of my Dahlias into bud forming so my second season growing them is about to burst into bloom. I'm seriously considering being a tuber supplier as well as cut Dahlia flower production, particularly considering I can overwinter most winters in the ground. Any thoughts/suggestions/recommendations on cultivar selection is appreciated and any tips. I'm glad to find out that Swan Island ships to Canada and they've got a great selection. Drooling
He who plants a garden plants happiness.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Jun 26, 2017 9:11 PM CST
Frank, you crack me up. I have ordered from several suppliers even one based out of the Matanuska Valley. But I guess I fall back on Hidden Springs more than anyone else. Problem is that you end up with the same peonies year after year.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Jul 16, 2017 11:07 AM CST
my 30+ dahlias are around 1 foot tall now. daylilies are in full bloom.

we have had more rain this July, and more weeds:)

a couple of weeks more and I should have some action.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Jul 16, 2017 12:57 PM CST
Thanks for the report, Frank. Some of my dahlias are past 3' while others are short. Sometimes I have to remind myself that it's mid-July, not September when they should be at their best.
Name: Geof
NW Wisconsin (Zone 4b)
Region: Wisconsin Dahlias Garden Ideas: Level 1 Celebrating Gardening: 2015
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mandolls
Jul 16, 2017 4:50 PM CST
Its hard for me to believe we are getting close to August already. Yikes this summer is going fast.

About half of my dahlias are in the 1 ft. range too, 1/4 are in the 3ft, and 1/4,still very small - they are the last ones I planted, and are mostly extras, that I ended up having space for. Lots of buds now on the bigger plants and a few even showing color, so it should be bloom time fairly soon.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Jul 16, 2017 7:43 PM CST
Geof - you make me feel SO much better.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jul 18, 2017 11:10 AM CST
Mine also are in the 12-15" range going down to shorter. But they seem very robust. Maybe too much foliage sucking up nutrients. Haven't fertilized since they went in with just a bit of Espoma (sp) in the hole. Peonies going gangbusters.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Jul 29, 2017 4:04 PM CST
My shutter count has slowed to a crawl.

Peonies are done. Iris are done. Clematis are done. Daylilies and lilies are wrapping it up.

Now I am waiting for the dahlias! (and tomatoes)

Some buds are emerging.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Jul 29, 2017 5:23 PM CST
Yeah. My lilies are moving ahead nicely, dahlias dragging their tails, green beans, peas, carrots, squash all doing well. Need to harvest greens and kale. Moved some large plants to the fence as they are too tall for where they were. Nice year for delphiniums, Joe Pye Weed, ligularia.

Everything but dahlias for now.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Aug 12, 2017 4:44 AM CST
This was one of the first dahlias to bloom in my garden. Planted 72 days ago.

Dahlia 'Country Sweetheart', 2017, [hollow stem flower], [SWE] Formal Decorative, 4 ft #Perennial #tuber #monocot (Wardon, 2011), USDA Hardiness Zone 8, BB-FD-OR Class(3003) Awards(), Bloom Month 4, In Garden Bed J2 for 72 DAYS.

MDA tuber sale, 4/9/2011. Don gave me this for a tuber of Country Sunshine. This might be the only Wardon dahlia that I have left. Produces small tubers. Not sure if this plant grows to 4 ft.

#Dahlia #hollowstemflower

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Aug 12, 2017 11:05 AM CST
Love the color and form
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Sep 22, 2017 3:17 PM CST
Most of my dahlias are big and strong now. However, I always have some that decide they will not participate. These underachievers usually produce reasonable tubers for the next year and most of the time they do fine. I will snap some photos of these dogs before years end.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Sep 22, 2017 4:28 PM CST
LOL Rolling on the floor laughing
Name: Gary
Wyoming MN (Zone 4a)
hostasmore
Sep 23, 2017 10:37 AM CST
I believe the only one I haven't seen in bloom so far is Thomas Edison. There are I believe 5 plants out there. They bloomed well last year and have grown well this year, so I am not sure what is up with him!
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Sep 23, 2017 10:48 AM CST
Slacker!
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Sep 23, 2017 1:42 PM CST
I have lots of leaves on Sir Alf Ramsey but no sign of any buds. Slacker #2.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Oct 28, 2017 4:22 PM CST
Had a hard frost Oct 25, cut down all my dahlias.

They were not looking all that good anyway after a week of near freezing.

Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Nov 5, 2017 4:32 PM CST
Started to dig some up today. I have decided to reduce from 32 dahlias to 9.

I am going to buy some new dahlias next year.
Name: Arlene
Southold, Long Island, NY (Zone 7a)
I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Tomato Heads Dahlias Houseplants Garden Ideas: Level 1 Photo Contest Winner: 2014
Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier Million Pollinator Garden Challenge
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pirl
Nov 5, 2017 6:02 PM CST
My garden guy and I cleared a lot of plants from one area and I'll put dahlias there next year. I have already been looking thanks to "infectious Dan", my great dahlia buddy.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 5, 2017 7:12 PM CST
lol. A new title for Dan. I am rather going the other way and cutting down available space for dahlias in favor of peonies. But never fear, I love dahlias far too much to not have a nice selection amongst the peonies.

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