Last update 19th January 2013
THIS IS NOT BI-WEEKLY OR WEEKLY MAGAZINE BUT ONE FOR PEOPLE WHO APPRECIATE THE DAHLIA
THE WORLD IS A MASSIVE STAGE SO SEND ME SOMETHING INTERESTING I BEG YOU
ANYTHING THAT IS OF INTEREST TO THE DAHLIA GROWER
"After all half the World is at some time in a dormant state. Dahlia wise that is"
"THE GUY THAT CROSSED A POMPOM DAHLIA WITH A MINIATURE BALL AND INVENTED A NEW GROUP"
WHAT WAS HIS NAME?
Managed by Ken Stock & Jack Gott
WHAT PROMPTED THE LAUNCH OF "JUST DAHLIAS"
On my birthday on November 10th 2004 I decided there wasnít enough going on in the magazines of the world to promote our favourite flower the dahlia. The best we got was the odd article; okay we know the Garden News has a dahlia slot. For a while these kept me interested, especially when Dave Spencer wrote for them, and it was a weekly feature. Sadly this man was replaced, and I found I was going to have to manage with a bi-weekly article. I was furious the price was well over a pound by now, and all I was getting at the most, was a half page spread, not good enough I thought, and I promptly wrote to the editor Sarah Page. It did no good; I decided to cancel my weekly order, as if that would make any difference to the Garden News. However after a few weeks I was curious and missing my bi-weekly shot of dahlia, so it was lucky, when I decided once more to pick up the Garden News, because that week Jack Gott was featured. I stopped leaving the magazine on the shelf, and got used to reading what Jack, or Gotty as I like to think of him, had to say, well Iím known as Stocky to most of my immediate friends, so why not Gotty, but donít tell him.
Then just before Christmas 2004 the last straw, Iíd no sooner got used to Gottyís bi-weekly articles, when Iím told by the man himself he was out of a job, as the Garden News were changing their format. You see Iíd made a friend in Jack, found a bloke who was just as interested in keeping this fantastic hybrid in the news. That is when Jack and I decided that we had to do something to increase the popularity of this wonderful immigrant that continues to enthral us. The idea of producing an ever growing magazine, with features to keep even the most professional amongst us happy was born. Obviously we canít do all this on our own; it is a major production, reminiscent of the film score to The Sound of Music. What we want is the worlds major dahlia growers to help by submitting articles of interest, you donít have to give all your secrets away, the rest of us can help by emailing anything that seems of interest to the enthusiastic dahlia grower, such as news, snippets and tips. Jack and I will do the work, at seventy three years young I hope to have at least twenty years left.
Iíve always been optimistic, and as Jack is about seventeen years younger we canít lose. I read an article in a National Dahlia Society publication a year or so ago, by a gentleman who was pleading to our members `DONíT LET THE DAHLIA DIEí and thatís what Jack and I say, please help us get this magazine off the ground. If I can do all this typing with one finger, you as dahlia lovers can contribute, it is our flower and it is grown all over the world, we need our own magazine, an email costs next to nothing to send, but donít all hit the `Send Buttoní at the same time.
At the moment Dave Bates is writing the dahlia articles for Garden News, and they couldnít have picked a better guy, they donít call him the Encyclopaedia Man for nothing, but come on, a small article every other week to get people interested in the most interesting flower in existence, this flower might not have the exotic charisma of the orchid, but itís history alone is as interesting as nature itís self. Why for instance couldnít the Garden News have kept both men on their pay roll? They both have tales to tell, and more to the point like me they love the dahlia. To date the price of the Garden News is £1 -40 which for the dahlia enthusiast is expensive, because all we get for our money is a half page slot every other week. To itís credit the Garden News is the finest garden paper in the world, and I still reach for itís colourful cover every time I see it, but Iíll let you in to a secret, I pick it up, usually in Sainsburyís or in my local news agents, I flick the pages over until I find out if thereís a dahlia article, if there is Iíll read it. Well it helps to passes the time while the wife reads her stars in the Womenís Weekly. See you at the trials. Ken
Since writing this I realise there is no interest I tried, but failed then that is how it goes - trying is the great bit even if I failed.
To Ken Stock or Jack Gott at JUST DAHLIAS
BOTH JACK AND I WOULD LIKE TO SEE EVERY CATEGORY BELOW HIGHLIGHTED
* READERS GARDENS * DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY * WORLD NEWS * THE BEST OF THE NEW FOR 2005 *
*GARDEN DAHLIAS * READERS TIPS * JACK'S PATCH * READERS SNAPS * DOING THE SPLITS *
* KEN'S BACK YARD * BREEDERS COMMENTS * PLANT SUPPORT * WORLD SHOW DATES *
* FOLIAR FEEDING * PLANT VIRUSES * WEATHER PATTERNS * NEW DAHLIAS *
* DAHLIA GROWERS PROFILES * TALL STORIES * PEST PROBLEMS * WORLD CHAMPIONS *
* DAHLIA ENCYCLOPAEDIA * THE INTERNET DAHLIA SHOW * THE DUTCH TOUCH *
* THE SHOW SCENE * DAHLIA NURSERIES * THIS & THAT *
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