Dahlias make a spectacular statement in the garden here at Diamond Rise from mid summer through frost. I manage to dig and store them successfully for the winter with 30% failure rate. Since they are my third love after irises and daylilies, I don't keep as good track of their cultivar names. I have also discovered that buying them from Lowes or Home Depot does not supply me with a reliable names. For example, here's "Barbarossa" from an internet search:
And here's here's what bloomed in my garden from a Lowes package labeled Barbarossa:
If an iris were this mislabeled it would make crazy, but this dahlia is spectacular! Each blossom is easily 10" in diameter.
These seem to be properly labeled:
My Lowe's tubers labeled Belle of Barmera is this exact mystery dahlia. My blooms are brownish-maroon with cream tips at 7" across. Akita seems to be the closest that I've come to identifying it. When my Akita plants bloom, (purchased from a dahlia farm), I will compare the two. I'd like to identify it.ReplyDelete
Thanks "Casa." That sure does look right online! I am obsessed with my iris ID, dahlias. not so much, thank goodness! Appreciate your post. NeilDelete