Gwyneth: Small Water
Lily Flowered. Raised by Sion Jones sent by Station House Nursery.
Just like the parent, good size with exquisite form, (not quite as good as Charlie Dimmock, only kidding) and a colour like its parent, to die for. Funny thing in the Wisley trials this variety was placed right next to Charlie, I think they were having a laugh, if anything Gwyneth has a bit more colour to it, although this bloom is almost there. Sion Jones has to be a Welshman to have named this flower with that wonderful Welsh name, it is fitting for such a beautiful flower. Don't laugh I've been pronouncing his name how it's spelt, God knows what anyone thought who knew it was the Welsh spelling of Shaun. Better luck next time Sion, you know the old adage, sometimes you win when you think you should have lost, and visa versa. As Iím a water lily flowered dahlia fan, I think itís a cracker.
1st. Anna Lindh: Small Water Lily Flowered. Raised by a J Geerling sent by Geerlings of Holland.
Iím not sure if Iím right but this beautiful example of a water lily flowered dahlia has a similar quality about it as many raised by the master, Cor Geerling. I assume this is a son or daughters effort, who is definitely following in fathers footsteps. As soon as itís in the shops Iíll buy one.
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA WINNERS
1st. Camano Honey: Medium Decorative. Raised and sent by Mr. & Mrs. Dick and Susan Ambrose Camano Island U.S.A.
I didnít go for this one, perhaps it had something going for it that I didnít see in the photograph, for one thing I thought the petals were to large for the class, but then it hadnít finished. An unusual colour, and of course another very young bloom, so I suppose a full bloom would take on an all together different appearance. I managed to get a photograph from the Punget Sound Dahlia Association Year Book, and although the shot still doesn't do it justice it is a fuller bloom.
This variety in America is called a `Variegated' Formal Decorative how do I know? Because a year after publishing this report, I've been told by Steve Boley that it sported on the trial ground. If you look carefully you can just see the flecking that distinguishes this type of dahlia. At the moment there is a big discussion going on about where to place this type of dahlia, if you ask me they should be placed in a group of there own. Of course they would need to separate the different forms, and have the appropriate classes at all dahlia shows. Which would be a major headache for the hard working American classification committee.
Lovely colour but there are better small red decorative about I think. Iíd like to have seen it at the trials, surely itís nearer to a ball form than a decorative, but itís hard to tell from this photograph.