Megan Badger, The Utah Dahlia Society's hardest worker lost her Mother, Joan Spandre this past Saturday, December 18. There will be a visitation at Cottonwood Mortuary on Tuesday, December 21st from 6:00 until 8:00. A graveside service will be held Wednesday at 2:00 at the Salt Lake Cemetery.
We all send Megan and her family our most sincere condolences. Our hearts go out to you at this difficult time.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Ryan Williams, our member from Logan was kind enough to type out his method for storing his dahlia tubers. The plastic wrap method is in Mark's book, The Dahlia Diary. Let Megan know if you need a copy.
Ryan and Julie William's Method
Storing TubersOnce they are dug, washed, and devided I store them in zip-lock bags. I use the gallon size so I don't have to use so many but any size will do. I poke several holes in the bag so they can breathe. I do it with a board that has lots of nails sticking out so I can poke all the holes at once but a pencil or anything else works fine. Some people dust them with sulfer or dip them in a solution of captan which is a good precaution but I usually don't. Hopefully that doesn't backfire on me someday. As I seperate the clumps I can usually put one clump per gallon bag. Some varieties won't fit in one. If I only have one plant of a paticular variety I split it up into two bags just as a precaution. If one bag goes bad I don't lose the whole variety. I then put in some vermiculite, just enough to cover the tubers. Maybe two cups (I am not sure exactly I just put in what looks good to me.) Then I put the bags into a fridge that is set at 40 degrees. Any cool dark place will work fine. I check them several times during the winter to make sure they are happy. Every once in a while I will see some mold show up in a bag of tubers. If I see mold I take the tubers out and make sure they are not damaged. If they are I toss them and spray the bag with an anti-fungal. Maybe if you dust them in sulfer first you won't even have to worry. I don't ever have much of a problem. It may show up in a bag or two but that is usually the extent of it.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Megan Badger with her Best of Show flower
The Utah Dahlia Society's Second Annual Dahlia Exhibition Show exceeded our dreams for a successful show. We had well over 100 entries and attendees coming from miles away to enjoy the best of the best dahlias grown in our area. The excitement was contagious as we welcomed 6 new members to our growing Dahlia Society.
The following is a complete list of winners in each category:
AA Formal Decorative
1. Clyde's Choice Megan Badger
2. Clyde's Choice Steve LeCheminant
AA Informal Decorative
1. Penhill Watermelon Ryan and Julie Williams
2. Maki Karen Crook
3. Zorro Paula Daniels
AA Semi Cactus
2. Grand Finale Larry Stevens
3. Penhill Andres Memory Mark Hurst
A Informal Decorative
1. Spartacus Dee Davis
2. Lovely Lana Karen Crook
3. Snowbound Megan Badger
2. Hy Mom Dee Davis
2. Show 'n Tell Steve Le Cheminant
A Three Blooms
2. Vassio Meggos Dee Davis
3. Lovely Lana Karen Crook
B Formal Decorative
1. Sterling Silver Mark Hurst
2. Castle Drive UDS
3. Kiara Pompadeur Dee Davis
B Informal Decorative
1. American Beauty Paula Davis
2. Onabrook Angel UDS
3. Cafe' Au'Lait UDS
B Semi Cactus
1. Granny Norman Megan Badger
2. Hamari Accord Stephen LeCheminant
3. Sea Helado Dee Davis
1. Alfred Grill Ryan and Julie Williams
1. Colwood Scheri Elaine Davis
2. Colwood Scheri UDS
3. Citron DeCap Dee Davis
B Three Blooms
1. American Beauty Paula Daniels
BB Formal Decorative
1. Formby Alpine Steve LeCheminant
2. Honey Dew Ryan and Julie Williams
3. Boogie Nights Maxine Clark
BB Informal Decorative
1. Who Dun It UDS
2. Dark Magic Karen Crook
3. Bahama Mama Karen Crook
BB Semi Cactus
1. Embrace Ryan and Julie Williams
2. Camano Cloud Ryan and Julie Williams
3. Loverboy Mark Hurst
1. Red Devil Ryan and Julie Williams
1. Urchin Ryan and Julie Williams
BB Three Blooms
2. Bristol Fleck Karen Crook
M Formal Decorative
1. Brian's Dream Megan Badger
2. Shadow Cat UDS
3. Amorus Ryan and Julie Williams
M Informal Decorative
3. Brushstrokes Mark Hurst
1. Western Spanish Dancer Stephen LeCheminant
2. White Lightning UDS
3. Checkers Dee Davis
1. Woodland Dufus Karen Crook
1. Cornel Ryan and Julie Williams
2. Mary Jomanda Megan Badger
3. Brookside Snowball Maxine Clark
2. Glenplace Mark Hurst
1. Cameo Dee Davis
2. Bliss Steve Anderson
3. Lorona Dawn Megan Badger
1. Dad's Favorite Megan Badger
2. Dad's Favorite UDS
1. Pooh Mark Hurst
2. Pooh Paula Daniels
Club Flower (Brookside Snowball)
1. Mark Hurst
2. Joan Creer
3. Paula Daniels
1. Sea Foam Ryan and Julie Williams
2. Orange Crush Megan Badger
3. Pretty in Pink Sue Hurst
1. My Favorites Karen Crook
GRAND PRIZE WINNERS
BEST AA Penhill Watermelon Ryan and Julie Williams
BEST A Spartacus Dee Davis
BEST B Granny Norman Megan Badger
BEST BB Formby Alpine Stephen LeCheminant
BEST M Brian's Dream Megan Badger
BEST BALL Woodland Dufus Karen Crook
BEST EXOTIC Dad's Favorite Megan Badger
BEST 3 BLOOM Western Spanish Dancer Dee Davis
BEST ARRANGEMENT My Favorites Karen Crook
BEST CLUB Brookside Snowball Mark Hurst
BEST IN SHOW
PEOPLES CHOICE AWARD
was a tie between
Granny Norman Megan Badger
Maki Karen Crook
Congratulations to all our winners and thanks to everyone for participating.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
Saturday, August 21, 2010
|Our August meeting held on the 18th was met with another rain storm. It didn't stop us from having a great time.|
|If the flowers that were at this meeting are any indication of our upcoming show it should be SPECTACULAR!|
Watch for details coming soon.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
June 16th was wet but it didn't dampen the spirits of our Utah Dahlia Society Members.
We came out to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and yummy salads with homemade ice cream and cookies for dessert.
Our youngest and cutest member.
Mark Hurst unveils our Utah Dahlia Society Demonstration Garden Sign.
Despite the heavy rainfall and colder temperatures most of the 64 dahlias planted showed up for the event!
Our next meeting will be in August. Check your e-mails or this site for information.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Spring means Dahlia Tuber Sales to members of the
American Dahlia Society.
The Utah Chapter
joined in the fun with our
second annual Tuber Sale
Our President, Mark Hurst offered these lovely cuttings and seedlings.
We kicked off our Tuber Sale with a tuber party for members. It was a chance to have some fun, bag our tubers and get first pick of the many tubers donated for sale.
the next step was to write the names on the tubers and then off to the next station......
to be bagged in vermiculite with a label including a picture and classification on the bag.
Don't forget to punch the air hole!
We all worked up an appetite and enjoyed a pizza buffet with all the trimmings.
A two hour drive each way to help out and bring tubers by our Logan members was much appreciated.
Mark Hurst and daughter Clea.
Mark does a book signing for his Dahlia Diary surrounded by
Eva Jensen, Megan Badger and Karen Crook.
Our 2010 Tuber Sale on April 24th was greeted by perfect weather and interest from new and more experienced growers alike.
Many thanks once again to Millcreek Gardens for hosting our sale and to the many members and growers that donated tubers.
We have some great tubers left and will be back to
Saturday, May 1st at 10:00.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The calendar tells us it is time to wake up from our long winter's rest and start to make our dreams of a beautiful dahlia garden a reality.
Just don't look out the window. If you do, don't let the snow keep you from getting your tubers out of storage so they will be ready for our annual Utah Dahlia Society dahlia sale on April 24th and and May 1st.
Millcreek Gardens will be our generous host again this year.
Be sure to attend our meeting on Wednesday, April 21st at the Garden Center. We will have the bags and vermiculite to bag and label your tuber donations for the sale. It will also be a members only chance at some of the tubers you have had your eye on. Watch for an e-mail with more details and a request for your donation inventory so we can get the labels made ahead of time.
In other news Mark Hurst, Eva Jensen and Megan Badger have been busy getting the Utah Dahlia Society's "Dahlia Diary" ready. It is a step by step guide to growing dahlias for the Utah grower. Be sure to get your copy at the tuber sale. The dahlia pictured above will be featured on the cover.
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