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Mo Dahlias

Lower front, Candlelight’s orange aurora varies in its location and intensity; the orange deepens as the blossom ages.  This is not a huge dahlia but it’s one of the best dahlias for cutting, lasts forever and just gets prettier. This blossom of … Continue reading

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Undeserved Dahlia

This is Kelvin Floodlight; normally a huge plant.  I pulled it with several non-performing tubers after they had been in the ground for a few weeks, when most of the dahlias had good sized plants.  I noticed a tiny sprout that … Continue reading

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August Dahlias 2015

Patches (two shots) is still an early favorite for it’s clown like irregular coloring.  Each blossom is different and the blossoms fade from white/purple to pink/purple. The delicate blush water lily is Yvonne. Lemon Kiss is next, the plant is … Continue reading

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Dahlias September 2014

Yvonne, I have grown her other years and still a favorite.  Smaller blossoms but so pretty and there are a lot of them.  The dark stems are distinctive.  A relatively tall plant.

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Early dahlias, 2014

I’m starting out with a bit of a cheat.  Citron de Cap did not do well for me last year, although the one or two blossoms that opened were beautiful, that was it.  I was going to discard and a … Continue reading

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Dahlias 2013 Part Two

I’ve been looking forward to this dahlia opening since I saw it at Dahlia Hill in Midland, MI, last summer.  Although described as a lavender, I remembered it as a day-glo pink and this could fit both descriptions, sort of.  … Continue reading

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Dahlias 2013 Part One

The dahlia garden is still pretty green, with some notable exceptions.  The smaller varieties have been blossoming for a few weeks with Susan Komen being the first to put on a display.  It is the smallest plant of all of … Continue reading

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Coutances Dahlia Exhibition

On this winter day when once again my eye sees nothing but white covering the neutrals of bark and evergreens, I decided to share pictures of a dahlia garden in France.  I was told it was one of the oldest Dahlia … Continue reading

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Clowns Rule the Dahlia Bed

    Dahlia Bodacious, still not as full as they should be but they definitely make me smile.  The frequent rainy weather has caused most of the larger dahlias to hang their heads but since Bodacious is about seven feet … Continue reading

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Dahlia Esther

This dahlia was mentioned in a few of my posts last summer, it’s so much prettier than the pictures that when I ordered it; I wasn’t planning to write about it this year.  But it’s still my best performer in the … Continue reading

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Dahlias Again and More

I do have more than just dahlias going on in the garden, still lots of food coming in, and today I planted hydrangea Pinky Winky in between the stumps of the arborvitae that was trying to eat the house.  I … Continue reading

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Another Keeper – dahlia Binky

This is another well-performing dahlia that I’ll grow again next year.  It has been blossoming consistently for weeks now and is still covered with buds. However, if my plants are typical, once again Swan’s online catalogue picture was a little misleading.  Showing a single blossom, … Continue reading

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The One – Croydon’s Masterpiece

  Croydens Masterpiece Although I’ve visited many exceptional dahlia gardens, the photo gallery below is about the dahlia that turned me into a (rank novice) grower, Croyden’s Masterpiece.  Years ago, I started with a mixed bag from a Michigan grower, because … Continue reading

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Showoff

    A mostly mousy brown moth/butterfly found just the right flower to complement her subtle coloring, dahlia Pooh.

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Early Dahlia Report

Although a number of the larger, later dahlias have not even bloomed yet, many of them are doing very nicely. Yes, I know some of the petals look a little chewed. I’ve had a bad problem with Japanese Beetles this … Continue reading

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Dahlia “Pooh”

The colors of this collarette dahlia remind me of when I was a child and dad bought home color chips to pick out colors for his potentially two-toned Cadilac.  We were actually dirt poor at the time as we lived … Continue reading

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Dahlia Emergency

I was evidently wrong when I opined that the dahlias wouldn’t take any harm if they waited for another week.  I skipped out of the office on Friday night saying, “the dahlias are calling to me”; but when I got home … Continue reading

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Jardin des Plantes, Paris

Traditions are important in France and change is slow in coming. I was made sad this year to find out that the very hotel that I was recommending when I surprised myself by saying the words, “whenever I’m in Paris”, has … Continue reading

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Winter Begins

I’ve been wanting a hard frost to kill off the tops of the dahlias; I want to do some expansion of the bed and add a lot of compost to see if that will help with the poor (purchased) soil … Continue reading

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Hamilton Dahlia Farm (MI)

To someone starved to see dahlias growing as I was this summer, Hamilton Dahlia Farm in Hamilton, MI, is a Las Vegas sized, all you can eat buffet.  Lots of variety, for every taste, and it goes on for acres. The difficult part of … Continue reading

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