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Seedling garden in Suffield, Ohio. 2800 plants in 7 rows, right next to a corn field.
The corn is 3 feet tall in the blimp picture, and 9 feet tall now, July 26. (Note greenhouse in the back ground.) The cages are 5 feet tall, and the dahlias are 1 foot tall. They are shorter than usual due to the intense sun exposure and due to the constant wind off the corn field. Now that the corn is so tall, it is blocking the wind and shading the dahlias.
The man in the headphones is Nick Gambone, who, with his wife Sue, own and operate “Mums The Word” nursery. They are doing me a great favor by letting me use their greenhouse and field.
Mid-season seedling garden. Look closely to see the corn sprouts.
A little overspray from the neighbor corn farmer's efforts has effected some dahlia leaves. He works 3400 acres of corn, wheat, and cows…alien world, dahlia leaves
Some dahlia blooms in my garden at my home. The numbers indicate the year it was originated followed by its individual number. In the year 2019 I kept 6 flowers out of the 1200 seedlings that I grew. They are named 19-1, 19-2, 19-3, up to 19-6. The cages are 5 ft. tall and the openings between the wires is 6” x 6” to give size reference.
Still waiting to see what the other 3 from 2019 look like this year. #1 may be a keeper for another year, but #4 and #6, not likely.
Some older seedlings that made the cut and I’ve kept around. The second one is 18-28, and the red one in my hand is 11-50 (from 2011, I kept 50 seedlings that year. I’ve eliminated 47 of them over the years).
Everybody got bugs!
Oh those darn beetles#?*%!
The first seedling out of 2800 to bloom this season that didn’t look like a sick daisy. Not a keeper, misshapened and boring color.
Some of the 700 cuttings that I made to give away to my patients in May 2020.
Early flower and late flower, seedling #18-31
Seedling garden 1st day of August. Note the pumpkins in foreground, dahlias in back, and corn on the left.
Rows & rows of seedlings (2800). A few tomatoes snuck in!
Some good seedling blooms and some NOT.
That’s not shadow on this bloom, those are purple petals. My wife suggested to name the bad seedling “Clown Pants” and start a new division under novelty.
Interesting note: can you see the difference in stem and leaf color? Out of 2800 seedling plants I only have three of these dark ones.
2020 seedling duds.
2020 seedlings that are hopeful.
August 6, funniest seedling of the day. Looks more like a sun flower than a dahlia; but, even the sun flowers were ashamed of it!
The rule of seedlings: you go through 100 duds to find one gem