Meets second Tuesday of the month at Rose City Park United Methodist Church, 5830 N.E. Alameda
Editor: Mike Riordan (503) 998-5184 Contacts: Larry Smith (503) 777-1857 Jeanette Benson (503) 649-4118
Next meeting Tuesday, December 11th, 2007 @ 6:30 PM
ANNUAL HOLIDAY POT LUCK DINNER
Our final meeting of 2007 will be our Pot Luck dinner. Please note that the starting time will be at 6:30 p.m. Please
bring a SIDE DISH, SALAD, DESSERT or an APPETIZER (and include a serving spoon) All dishes and serving spoons
should be marked with masking tape, so if you forget them, we will know where they belong. The Society will provide the
meat and beverages. Be sure to bring your own table settings and utensils. As usual after the meal, we’ll have the
bingo game. You may contribute some new items for bingo prizes and/or door prizes if you would like. Family members
of any age are welcome. This is always a fun event, don’t miss it! NEW MEMBERS – this is a great time to come and get
acquainted with other members.
2008 DUES ARE SOON DUE.
Why not take care of this now and get it out of the way and insure your ADS Bulletins and 2008 Classification Book will
arrive on time? Judges please remember that you are required to carry membership in both the American Dahlia
society and the PNDC (Pacific Northwest Dahlia conference). PDS dues, ADS dues and PNDC dues should be
combined and paid to the Treasurer as noted below. Federation of Northwest Dahlia Growers dues are $10 and also
payable through our Treasurer.
Mail to or pay at next meeting
Larry Sawyer, 11015 S.W. Berkshire, Portland, OR 97225
TUBER CLUMP AUCTION
Members who had extra clumps of tubers that they didn’t want brought them in to the last 2 meetings for a silent
auction. Special thanks to all members who generously donated their clumps. Here are the results:
October tuber clump auction = $50.00
November tuber clump auction = $115.50
There were some clumps that were not sold. These will be divided, and the tubers put in our sales this spring.
DAHLIAS IN DECEMBER AND JANUARY
This is the slow time of year for us dahlia lovers to take a bit of a rest. Hopefully all your tubers are dug and stored
away for the winter. Now is a great time to sit in front of the fireplace and peruse the catalogs and decide what we want
to add and subtract. It is also a good time to plan next year’s garden and readjust and fine tune the layout.
One other winter “to-do” is to check your tubers several times during storage to determine if any have gone bad and
need to be removed. It may be possible to remove just the bad portion of a tuber; treat the cut surface with a fungicide,
such as powdered sulfur, then return it to storage. Be careful as one bad tuber may spoil the rest of the tubers in that
bag. If you store the tubers in plastic bags, check the tubers for moisture content. If there is too much moisture,
indicated by condensation inside the bag, open the bags for a couple of days and let the moisture escape or add some
perforations to the exterior of the bag. Or remove the too wet storage medium and mix with dry(er) fresh medium and re-
pack the tubers. If the tubers appear to be drying (shriveling) add a bit of water to the bags. Be very careful not to add
too much water because you increase the chances of rot if you do.
2007 TRIAL GARDEN WINNERS
Congratulations to our own Wayne and RaeAnn Lobaugh for national trial garden top winners in their varieties
respective size/type classes. Newaukum Honey BB ID Or wins the Derrill Hart Medal and RaeAnnn’s Peach S DB or/r
wins the Evie Gullickson award. See these photos on our website at http://portlanddahlia.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE DAHLIA COLOR ?
By Ted Kennedy
If your answer was bronze, I would be quite amazed. Dahlias are arranged in color groups so that they can be judged in
separate classes in shows. We have decided in our great wisdom that yellow dahlias should be in a different class than
white dahlias. Probably it is because we can give out more blue ribbons. That is all well and nice for dahlia shows where
we enjoy getting those ribbons.
However, most people who buy dahlias have never been to a show and on our sale lists we list the color of a dahlia as
part of our cryptic description. For example: Whatchmacallit BB SC BR. When the customer learns how to decipher our
coded description, he finds out that this dahlia is 4-6 inches in diameter, that the petals are partially rolled (revolute),
and that the color is bronze. The size and shape of this dahlia are reasonably digested by the prospective purchaser
but this color of bronze is something mystical. Isn’t bronze the color of those statues in the museum? Isn’t a bronze
medal something that third place finishers get instead of gold and silver? Who would ever want to buy a dahlia that is
color of an old statue or a bronze medal?
So, why do we have bronze listed as a color for dahlias? It may be nice for the show people but for the great majority of
dahlia people it is just a dahlia to avoid because they expect it looks like the color of an old statue.
I suggest that we eliminate bronze and place those color chips into the yellow and orange where they belong. Or,
another solution would be to create a replacement class called gold. I believe that we are doing a great disservice to the
general public in using the color term of bronze and we should eliminate it.
ANNUAL BOARD MEETING
Our annual board meeting will take place Saturday, January 12th, 2008 at 12 noon. We will meet in the community room
at the Georgetown Realty Office located at 1000 NE 122nd Avenue in Portland. From I-205 North or South bound take
exit 21A to Glisan Street. Take Glisan East (street numbers increase) to 122nd Avenue. Turn left from Glisan to
122nd. Georgetown is two block down 122nd on your right. Parking is behind the building. We will start the meeting
with a potluck luncheon. Everyone is encouraged to bring a dish they believe others will find popular. All members are
welcome at this meeting. You need not be a member of the board to participate. We will be discussing what went well
and where and how we can improve. What do we want to change or revise in the show schedule to make it even
better? How can we increase participation in our annual show? What changes would you like to see in our monthly
meeting programs? How can we go about attracting and retaining more new members? This is a planning and
strategizing session, so please bring your ideas and enthusiasm.
DAHLIA PHOTO COMPETITION
Members brought in dahlia pictures to last month’s meeting to enter in our photo contest. They were judged by 3 of our
members, and the following winners were chosen to receive a $10 award:
DAHLIA GARDENS – Marge Gitts
DAHLIA SPECIMENS – Ted Kennedy
DAHLIAS WITH PEOPLE OR CRITTERS-Max Ollieu An additional prize of $10 was awarded to Marge Gitts’ entry as the
best overall. Congratulations to all. We hope to have lots more entries next year and encourage the winners to enter
their photos in the ADS Photo contest.
THE B’S HAVE IT!
By Max Ollieu
Each year, I try a number of new dahlia varieties in my garden to determine which like growing there as well as which
appeal to me the most. In 2007, about 40 varieties were new to my garden.
Those that impressed me most in terms of robust growth, excellent tuber production as well as impressive blooms
included: Timona Pastel (A SC LB PK/W); Scaur Swinton (B FD DP); Narrows Tricia (B SC Y); Hollyhill Flamingo (B C
DP) (seedling); Colwood Hope (B LC W); and Clearview Erin (ST PR). Besides being excellent show blooms, they
should also appeal to those growers who specialize in cut flowers and the sale of tubers. One or more blooms from the
first three varieties advanced to the head table for me in 2007. The next two varieties got blue ribbons. With only one
plant of Clearview Erin, I wasn’t able to enter a bloom at a dahlia show. However, its growth is impressive, tubers are
abundant, and the blooms are of show quality with color close to that of Hollyhill Purely Purple. These varieties all grew
to about six feet and required few ties. Colwood Hope, which is probably my favorite new variety, had strong stems,
required no ties for the entire season, and produced abundant tubers. Its blooms have high petal count and excellent
Six other varieties new to my garden in 2007 that impressed me included: Trengrove Millenium (B FD Y); Hollyhill Chloe
(B SC DP); Colwood Scheri (B LC V); Ryecroft Jan (M FD W); Starring (ST PK); and Mingus Eleanor S (NX DP). These
varieties all have show quality blooms. The first four varieties grew better for me than the last two. Blooms of Trengrove
Millenium, Starring, and Mingus Eleanor S, all reached the head table in 2007.
For some reason, about 25% of the 40 varieties new to my garden in 2007 have blooms in the 6 to 8 inch or “B” size
class. Seven of the twelve varieties I was impressed with and mentioned above have blooms in the “B” size class, so I
think for me, I can say that in 2007.
HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL.
We should all be thankful for the good blooms and learning experiences we had this year as we reach yet another
milepost in our dahlia growing lives.
REMEMBER – No meeting in January.
|Best in Show Arrangements in 2007 by Portland Dahlia Society member Gordon Jackman
Left to right: Grays Harbor, Snohomish, and Rosebug