There was a great thread last season titled Dahlias 2021!!!! https://www.houzz.com/discussions/6163131/dahlias-2021
Can we start another for 2022?
Here is our Mystic Illusion as of today (our 3rd summer with this same plant):
American Dawn has been blooming for weeks!
rouge that looks wonderful! None of my dahlias are in bloom yet. I did plant a lot so I'm hoping for some good things - although some of the new tubers I bought aren't doing well. Guess I'll wait and see!
Looking forward to seeing some beautiful blooms here!
Mmmm, Mystic Monster, sure is growing very, very well! Clematis and phlox great as always!
I have several dahlias now coming on, might start posting some photos.
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I have a couple I have been growing from tubers since April. They are about to bloom. will post pics
I will add that every garden pest seems to love them :/
My two dahlias are ALMOST there. anyone else have any good ones?
I had one big beautiful Fleurel bloom (or maybe White Perfection, I'm not sure which one of the two!) but I didn't get a picture of it before it started going. Certainly more to come though!
Here is a dahlia I purchased half dead on clearance for $1. It has rebounded pretty nicely in a larger pot. It has an interesting habit of continuing to grow out and mostly engulfing the spent blooms.
I lost the tags so I don’t know what these are :( I started both in April from tubers purchased at the grocery store.
They are not quite opened up all the way either, but I couldn’t resist sharing!
Pink Dahlia from mixed bag at Costco. These flowers lasted a long time on the plant with cooler and rainy days. I wish I could get a better whole plant picture but it is in an awkward spot and in a pot.
I have only one dahlia plant and it has been blooming since early June. Now with temperature cooling down the color getts really deep. It was from costco
@forever_a_newbie_VA8 That is really stunning dahlia. I have had plenty of struggles with dahlias over the years, such as spider mites, leafy gall, unidentified general decline, leaf blotches that look like viruses etc. I keep trying though because they are AMAZING. Just look at those luscious blooms. That looks like such a joy, forever.
@L Clark (zone 4 WY) I love that caramel / apricot color on the dahlia. Such a beauty! What do you use chelated iron for btw? I have some time chlorosis pop up on various plants and never know exactly how to pinpoint the problem.
@mazerolm_3a Red dahlias are one of my favorites. Amazing how they can just keep putting out the flowers. Thanks so much for sharing pictures. They really bring such joy!!!
Thanks Iowa Blooms! I bought this 4、5 years ago with a friend in Costco and we exchange varieties. I must have had 7 or so different types and this is the only one left. It is a monster and takes a lot of space in the garden. But it is a beauty that people all like.
I use the chelated iron for a couple roses that get yellow if I don't give it to them. Seems to help.
So I think my purple one is ’Purple Taiheijo’ . Could be wrong though. Anyone that could chime in with an ID would be appreciated.
Unfortunately , probably 40% of the plant was lost because it flopped over and broke. I have it bound upright now
Yesterday I cleaned up the front yard, moved the dahlia away to the bulb garden. In the spot we will be putting a couple new roses. So to the last blooms of dahlia in year 2000.
Surprisingly for such a huge plant (6*6), the tubers are relatively small
I've been waiting for two months to post to this thread lol!
It's been a rough season. Spring started out great and very promising, but then we had a terribly dry summer. Things were dry and crispy, but I kept watering my dahlias as much as I dared (on a well). I'm finally getting some blooms - not very prolific, but I am enjoying what I do have, although I keep forgetting to get photos lol. Finally remembered today, after I cut a few blooms.
This is either Fleurel or White Perfection. Whichever it is, it never fails to satisfy. Huge beautiful white blooms! (at least 6 inches across)
Same bouquet, an unknown pink. Again, about 6 inches across.
This purple is either Thomas Edison or Diva - I'm leaning toward Diva because I think TE gets bigger, but then again I believe Diva got bigger last season too.
There are a few small Cafe au Lait dahlias in this bouquet too. No photos of them but here is a rather poor photo of a few more. They were very short-stemmed (only about two inch stems - I didn't want to sacrifice other buds since I haven't had many blooms yet).
Such beautiful blooms everyone! Thanks for sharing!
Here are some cut ones
Diggerdee - how do you like cafe au lait? I was eying that one on Swan Island Dahlias
L Clark, honestly I kind of go back and forth on the Cafe au Lait. It's an unusual kind of color, almost a beige, which is good because it's unusual but sometimes I think the color is kind of meh. It can be hard to pair with other things in a bouquet as well. The color in my garden is not consistent either - some blooms are more blush, others more white. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing lol.
But I think if pressed, I would say I do like it, and would recommend it. I originally grew it three years ago for my daughter's wedding, and the tubers have overwintered well and I keep planting it lol. The blooms ARE a nice big size so that is nice. It does grab attention when others see it in bouquets.
CaL is the large pale bloom to the right
PRETTY sure this is CaL too.
Geez, going through my photos from the last two years makes me realize how different this year's garden is. Not nearly as many blooms. :(
What's the lovely purple in your last photo? Gorgeous!
Those are nice! I was hoping you’d say it was a reliable blush color. I love blush roses and think a blush dahlia would be swell.
I am not sure what mine is, I lost the tag, but I think it is Purple Taiheijo. However , those are supposed to be huge 10”+ blossoms, but mine are only like 6-8” blossoms
I'm not sure what your weather was like this year, but we had a long dry summer, and everything here is smaller than it usually is! Maybe that's your issue too with the purple dahlias?
Yeah, I can't really say CaL is reliably blush. It's, IMO, a quite unique color. Honestly I feel like beige is the best description lol. Maybe a light pinky beige. And also IMO, I think it's this unique color that gives it part of it's appeal.
This center dahlia below is, I think, absolutely gorgeous. Probably too pale to be called blush, but it's lovely. I think it's Innocence. I'm sorry I don't know for sure. I planted several whites and pinks for my daughter's wedding three years ago and am still kicking myself that I didn't label them when planting. Although I just googled Innocence and its petals seem to go out and down instead of up like this one. Hmm.
Another lovely pink. If you'd like I can go through the list of the tubers I bought and try to narrow it down if you like this one.