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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 9:39 PM CST
Recently a neighbor stopped over and asked, "Are they peonies?", as she looked at 4.5' tall AC Paint. I was polite and didn't laugh.
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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
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Oberon46
Nov 6, 2017 12:13 AM CST
Very kind of you. lol. Mine never get that tall. Don't know why
Name: Dan
NE Ohio (Zone 6a)
psudan
Nov 6, 2017 7:03 AM CST
Thank you! I have taken great delight in spreading the dahlia obsession among family, friends and neighbors. Once the obsession takes hold, there is no cure. What a shame! LOL

Several people walking up the street have stopped to ask me the name of my "big yellow sunflowers". They were referring to the Kelvin Floodlights. They always say they had no idea that dahlias could get so big.

We had rain of biblical proportions yesterday and last night. I'm still planning to dig the tubers week after next, hopefully, not standing in mud or snow.
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 6, 2017 10:40 AM CST
You do it so well, Dan. I'm searching out the peach and purple dahlias while my gardening guy is doing the jobs outside that I used to do.

My AC Paint gets the most comments, probably because people don't wander to the garden with all the other dahlias to see them. Love the "sunflower" thought.

The thought of digging will wait for a nice day, after frost, and hopefully I can get it done without help but...my carpenter, who is here 3 to 4 days a week, has a girlfriend who has many dahlias so he's experienced at digging (as opposed to my gardening guy) so it may not be the big job it usually is.

All the dahlias in the compost bin grew so well that next year I'll definitely put more in the three bins closest to the dahlia garden.
Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
Peonies Ponds Dahlias Canning and food preservation Lilies Permaculture
Garden Ideas: Level 2
Oberon46
Nov 6, 2017 11:38 AM CST
Arlene, you actually have an overall color scheme with your dahlias? lol. How do you resist the ones that don't fit that scheme. I think what I seem to have the most of are orange and peach. My 'whopper' would be LaLuna in yellow. I may give the color scheme idea some thought vis a vis what I may give away or pitch and what I will plant. That will be next spring when I see who survived the winter.
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 6, 2017 3:59 PM CST
Mary - I try but then there are the mislabeled ones or the few that just don't grow and they interrupt the flow of colors. It's one way to spend the winter and this year they really were planted as I planned them. Annuals, in the same garden, are also planned by the color of the dahlias.

Akita with dark red coleus at bottom right:
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Fire and Ice with Santa Claus on right:
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Anna Marie with matching lantana on left:
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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
Nov 6, 2017 4:34 PM CST
Lovely pictures and garden. Your Santa Claus is beautiful. My Santa Claus bloomed and looked like Sherwood Peach (in color). The tuber was stamped clearly so I didn't mislabel. Swan Island said it simply didn't bloom true but was the correct tuber. Seems strange to me. I can't really believe it was SC. We'll see what happens next year.

I think I will also do some planning for complementary plants between dahlias. They would have to be fairly short and in the front row. I tend to plant dahlias fairly close together.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

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frankrichards16
Nov 8, 2017 7:12 PM CST
This has been one of the wetter years for digging dahlias here in SE Michigan. Usually the dirt just rolls off the tubers, not this year.

I saved 10 varieties out of the 32 that I planted.It's time for some new varieties!

I still have a couple that I purchased 10 years ago...

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 8, 2017 9:11 PM CST
I'm eager for some new arrivals as well, Frank. Onesta and some others will go to the compost bins, well covered, just as a test to see if they can survive the winter there - no big loss if they can't.

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