As you may have gathered from my last couple of posts, I have been thrilled with the performance of my first real dahlia, 'Marie Antoinette'. After seeing Belinda at Wild Acre's beautiful arrangements, like this one and reading her cutting patch posts, I was inspired to try my luck with dahlias quite late in the tuber planting season. There were only two left in my local Bunnings store, 'Marie Antoinette' and a rather unhealthy looking 'Mrs Reeves' tuber. I bought them both, but not surprisingly, only 'Marie Antoinette' came up. I am planning well ahead for next season, and today, the Queensland Dahlia Society's competition and show at the Mount Coot-tha Botanical Gardens provided a great chance to see some superb blooms and to get a few ideas about which ones to select and to meet some local growers.
I really only have space for about 3 dahlias and thought perhaps a dark red or deep pink pompom, an almost black waterlily, and a dark red or dark pink cactus (and maybe a burnished orange), but seeing this incredible selection leaves me back at square one!
I have done my best with names. It is possible with some of the double-barreled names that the first could be the name of the grower, and perhaps just the last half is the variety... I didn't question it at the time.
|'Pam Howden' - could be my burnished beauty!|
|Granite 913 Collarette|
|'Bracken Sequel' and 'Bracken Nicholas'|
|'Bracken Enfield', 'Bracken Rossi' and 'Bracken Hazel'|
|At the back, 'Devon Calypso' and 'Bracken Sequel' and in the front 'Bracken Elizabeth' and deep red 'Bracken Rossi' (another favourite)|
|Apricot 'Sarah', back red is 'Bracken Jessica', the other dark red is 'Bracken Perla'|
|These are small cactus. The red on the right is 'Kenora Sunset'|
|'Araluen Fire' (could be a contender!)|
|The centre red is 'Moray Jewel'|
|The light orange waterlilies are all variations of 'Pam Howden'|
|The orange pompom on the right is 'Golf Ball'|
|These pale and mid pink pompoms are both 'Pam'|
|Anemone-type 'Mexico' - love it!|
|These are collarettes. The red is 'Apache', the mauve 'Christie' and I can't read my own handwriting on the front one, but it might be 'Kismet'.|
No wonder I'm confused. Luckily I have till Spring to decide on my purchases (and I should also add, all care taken with names, but my writing is appalling, and there were so many!)