Collerette. Raised and sent by Mr. Dave Reid of Leister.
This is named after the late Don Hill a great ambassador for the dahlia. Another for the floral artist, they donít all sit as flat as Anne Breckenfelder, which I think is a bench mark for all show collerettes, but this oneís a nice self red, and will be in demand by the arrangers.
Small Water Lily. Sent by J Geerling of Holland.
I would have liked to have seen a little more colour on the lower petals, lots to come, and weíve all seen many water lily flowered dahlias that donít match this one. I wonder where they got their breeding stock from?
Medium Decorative. Raised and sent by Gorden Leroux.
You know for one thing this variety has been tested, it isnít one of those varieties thatís been raised one year and straight in the trials the next, this raiser would have the patience to make sure the variety was trial worthy. I liked it, didnít it score with the judges because itís an informal medium decorative? Bet we see it on the bench, and a lovely name that suits it and the American firemen.
Large Decorative. Raised and sent by Mel Loomis.
Canít judge it from this shot, seems to sit more or less right, and the first three or four rows of petals are opening as per normal. Iím predicting itís going to make itís mark. A typical American name.
Small/Miniature Decorative. Raised and sent by Steve & Sandie Boley
Sunny name, sunny flower, possibly one petal out of line, perfect ball in my book, Iím beginning to think that because of their classification, some of these flowers are being down pointed. This has to be an over the top shot of the flower because Iím sure I canít see a stem.
Giant Semi-Cactus. Raised and sent by Mr. Wayne.
Two or three rows of petal out, so who can say what will happen here but Iím hoping it will be something new to grace the Giant semi-cactus group, shades of Daleko Jupiter perhaps.