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

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frankrichards16
Oct 11, 2018 7:37 AM CST
Dahlia 'Allens High Voltage', 2018 photo, Common Name: Purple Informal Decorative Dahlia, Size: 5ft., B ID PR26 Class(2109) Awards(), Breeder: (Allen Manuel 2018), USDA Hardiness Zone 8, Michigan Bloom Month 1, In Garden Bed J2 for 123 DAYS (Cowl). Planted in 2018.

A 2018 introduction. Bench score average of 3 was 86.04, trial garden average of 3 was 87.03. True purple with a bluish reverse. However, it is not an ideal garden plant. Initial blooms were outstanding, later blooms were a disappointment. The lateral blooms are especially disappointing: weak stems and flowers with open centers. My guess is that if you are showing this dahlia, the lateral buds never see the light of day. The American Dahlia Society's focus is on showing dahlias. Members register dahlias so they can be shown. Usually, show dahlias do great in the garden, but not always. Here is an early photo...



And some later photos

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I don't think this dahlia will see the light of day in my garden next year:)
Name: Anya
Fairbanks, AK (Zone 3b)
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anyagoro
Oct 11, 2018 2:32 PM CST
Frank, you probably wanted to post on the Dahlia Forum. Shrug!
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Oct 13, 2018 6:10 PM CST
Here is an heirloom that I stopped growing last year

Dahlia 'Jersey Beauty'

An heirloom variety from New Jersey. Old House Gardens in Michigan carries it. It's a tall skinny plant (somewhat ugly) that has beautiful pink flowers. Saving the tubers over Winter can be iffy. My plants have never generated large tuber clumps. I have been growing this dahlia since 2009.

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Name: Mary Stella
Anchorage, AK (Zone 4b)
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Oberon46
Nov 1, 2018 12:26 PM CST
Anya. Lol this IS the dahlia forum.
Name: Frank Richards
Clinton, Michigan (Zone 5b)

Garden Ideas: Master Level Celebrating Gardening: 2015 Plant Identifier
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frankrichards16
Nov 8, 2018 6:10 AM CST
I culled this one because it started to produce more and more irregular blooms... however, I did keep it for 8 years:)

Dahlia 'A La Mode', Common Name: Orange Blend Formal Decorative Dahlia, Size: 4ft., B-FD-OR/W Class(2015) Awards(50), Breeder: (SWI,1993), USDA Hardiness Zone 8, Michigan Bloom Month 8

B-FD-BI. Not sure why I purchased this dahlia (2009), but it turned out to be a strong grower and a very attractive plant (and a favorite). Medium size tubers. Flower colors are sometimes irregular.

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