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                                                                                                                                                                         2006 ANNUAL CALENDAR
                THE MAY TUBER SALE
It is time for our second tu-                                        in the May sale and in future                                                                       •   MAY TUBER SALE, MAY 15,ABG
ber sale after a great one                                           years. Using our Society
                                                                                                                                                                         •   JUNE MEETING, JUNE 19, ABG
last month. We thank every-                                          computer we were able to
one that came and bought                                             flash pictures of most of the                                                                       •   JULY , ANNUAL PICNIC, JULY 29
tubers for their garden and                                          AA, A, and B sized dahlias on                                                                           AT DUNAWAY GARDENS IN NEW-
                                                                                                                                                                             NAN, GA.
most of them should be                                               the screen as they were be-
planted by now. Thanks to                                            ing auctioned. This was a
Paula Pinholster for being                                                                                                                                               •   AUGUST MEETING, AUG 21,ABG

our auctioneer and to Frank                                                                                                                                              •   CAROLINAS DAHLIA SHOW UNC
McComb and John Mell for                                                                                                                                                               ASHEVILLE-
                                                                                                                                                                             ABORETUM, ASHEVILLE-SEPT 9
helping. We had a new fea-                                                                                                                                                   & 10
ture this time and will use it                                                                                                                                           •   NATIONAL DAHLIA SOCIETY
                                                                                                                                                                             DAHLIA SHOW, LONG ISLAND,
             MAY TUBER SALE
                                                                                                                                                                             NY SEPTEMBER 14-17
           MONDAY , MAY 15,
                                                                                                                                                                         •   TENNESSEE DAHLIA SHOW,
                7:30 pm                                                                                                                                                      CHATTANOGGA TRADE & CON-
      ATLANTA BOTANICAL GARDEN                                                                                                                                               VENTION CENTER, CHATTA-
                                                                                                 APRIL TUBER SALE
                                                                                                                                                                             NOOGA, SEP 23 & 24
              EXHIBIT HALL                                           big hit with attendees giving
                                                                                                                                                                         •   GEORGIA DAHLIA SHOW, AT-
      OPEN TO ALL DAHLIA LOVERS                                      everyone a look at the bloom
                                                                                                                                                                             LANTA BOTANICALGARDEN, AT-
                                                                     each tuber will produce.                                                                                LANTA, GA SEPT 30 & OCT 1
   MAY- DAHLIA PLANTING                                              This month we will have pic-
                                                                                                                                                                         •   ALABAMA DAHLIA SHOW,
                                                                     tures in all size categories of
             BEGINS                                                  dahlias flashed on the
                                                                                                                                                                             MCWANE SCENCE CENTER, BIR-
                                                                                                                                                                             MINGHAM, AL OCT 7
May is usually the first month in                                    screen before the bidding
which to plant dahlia tubers or                                                                                                                                          •   GA NAT’L FAIR DAHLIA SHOW,
                                                                     process begins for each tu-
                                                                                                                                                                             PERRY, GA OCTOBER 11-13
plants in the Atlanta and northern                                   ber.
                                                                     ber. Come to the sale on the
Georgia areas. Usually I recom-                                      15th and have a great time                                                                          •   OCTOBER MEETING, MINI
mend mid May as the start point                                      buying dahlia tubers that will                                                                          DAHLIA SHOW, OCT 16, ABG
because of the threat of late frost
                                                                     grow in the Atlanta area.                                                                           •   NOV MEETING, NOV 20, ABG
or at least cool soil temperatures.
                                                                     Growing guides will be avail-                                                                       •             PARTY—
                                                                                                                                                                             CHRISTMAS PARTY— DEC, TBA
However, we again had a mild
winter and this spring has been
                                                                     able for everyone as will a                                                                         THE CALENDAR HAS ONE ADDITION.
                                                                     list of tubers that will grow                                                                       THE LOCATION OF THE PICNIC.
                                                                     well in the Atlanta area.
   WELCOME TO OUR                      quickly and many can reach a            the “awakening process”. Gen-
                                       height of between 3’ and 7’. You        tly tap the root /tuber mass out
    NEW MEMBERS                        will need to provide some sup-          of the pot and place in the bot-
                                       port system in order to keep the        tom of the hole. It is fine if any
    TOM & MARY EVANS                   growth off of the ground. You           sprouts protrude above the top
                                       can use anything as simple as a         of the hole because that will
    STONE MOUNTAIN,                    wooden or metal (rebar) stake           provide you with an indication of
       GEORGIA                         or even a more elaborate devise         the dahlia’s health. You should
                                       such as a tomato cage. SET              water in this root/tuber mass to
 WE ARE SO GLAD TO HAVE                YOUR STAKING SYSTEM BE-                 help it get off to a quick start. A
 YOU AS NEW MEMBERS OF                 FORE YOU PLANT THE DAHLIAS!             handful of slow release fertilizer
  THE DAHLIA SOCIETY OF                Stakes have been known to find          at planting time, left on the sur-
        GEORGIA..                      and destroy planted dahlias. I          face, is a good step at this time.
                                       speak from personal experi-             If you have created or acquired
       (CONTINUED   FROM   PAGE   1)   ence.                                   any dahlia plants then a small
pleasant. The soil in my garden                                                handful or less of fertilizer can
                                       If you have already IMPROVED
reached the desired 70 degrees                                                 be worked into the soil used to
                                       THE SOIL IN YOUR PLANTING               cover the base of the dahlia
about 2 weeks ago. The rains have      AREA WITH ANY NUMBER OF                 plant in the planting hole. Use a
been slightly below average so our     ENRICHING ORGANIC MATTER                general, (Cont on next page)
garden soil can be worked without      then plant the dahlias in a hole
too much concern of compacting.        about 3”- 4” deep. If you are
At the same time the cool tempera-     planting tubers directly in the
tures at night have been great for     hole you do not need to add fer-
hardening off any plants or potted     tilizer at this time because the
tubers. In years past my concern       tuber supplies any needed food
has been planting too early could      and most moisture. Gently refill
lead to “dahlia disaster”; namely      the soil over the tuber while
“over protected” plants or tubers,     avoiding disturbing any young
planted in damp and cool soil,         eyes or sprouts that have ap-
                                                                                   JESSEE G BALL, PURPLE
would succumb to rot. Having said      peared on the tuber. Some
all that, let’s talk about planting                                           THIS BEAUTIFUL BALL DAHLIA WILL BE
                                       growers only partially fill the
                                                                              AVAILABLE AT OUR MAY TUBER SALE
dahlias.                               hole initially, adding soil gradu-
If you’ve done your homework then      ally as the plant begins to grow.
you know that your beds should         If any eye or sprout has been
have already been prepared in a        knocked off, they will regenerate
sunny location that will get AT        themselves quickly and con-
LEAST ½ DAY OF SUN They will not
                   SUN.                tinue to grow. In fact I will elimi-
be in the lowest spot of the garden    nate all but one or two eyes be-
but instead, they will be where        fore planting tubers so the re-
good drainage exists or you’ve al-     maining eye(s) will get full ad-
ready considered that and have         vantage of food and water. You
provided for good drainage in          do not need to water at this
                                                                                TARATAHI LILAC BB, IC, LB L/W
some manner. DAHLIAS DO NOT            time. The same method goes
                                                                                A BEAUTIFUL CACTUS DAHLIA
LIKE WET FEET! Once summer             for any tubers you may have pre-
sets in, dahlias will grow extremely   viously potted in order to begin                                     Page 2
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                                                                                      (cont from page 2) balanced        For the past several years we
                  T       U       B       E       R       S
                                                                                      fertilizer such as 8-8-8 or 12-    have grown all of our dahlias by
                                                                                      12-12. As a precaution against     leaving them in the pots and
                                                                                      burning the new leaves provide     planting the pot directly in the
Members please bring as                                                                                                  ground. Our garden contained
                                                                                      some type of cover over these
many of your tubers as you                                                                                               over 1000 dahlia plants. I be-
                                                                                      plants for about 48 hours. This
can to the sale/auction on the                                                                                           lieve we have had the very
                                                                                      protection will allow the young
17th. We need as many tu-                                                                                                same number and quality of
                                                                                      plants to adjust to their new
bers as we can get as we are                                                                                             blooms and there are at least
                                                                                      settings with the minimum of
expecting a large number of                                                                                              three advantages over dahlias
                                                                                      damage. Here again the plant
people for the sale.                                                                                                     planted directly into the garden
                                                                                      will provide you with a visual
                                                                                                                         soil. First, you will avoid any
If you haven’t dug them yet                                                           indicator of its overall health.
                                                                                                                         damage from burrowing moles
now is the time to dig and di-                                                        At this time let me make two       and voles. They can not chew
vide them. I finished digging                                                         suggestions. Hold back several     through the pots. Second, if the
my tubers this week (latest                                                           tubers or plants to replace any    particular variety of dahlia is a
ever) and they had lots of eyes                                                       that fail to make it. As is with   poor tuber maker, you will find
showing which make them                                                               any other flower, dahlias are      that they do make tubers if
very easy to divide and get                                                           subject to rot or other damage     planted while still in the pot.
ready for the sale. Make sure                                                         at various times throughout the    Third, in the fall when the plants
you let them air dry for 24                                                           growing season. Second, as     s   die back, those left in pots are
hours before putting them                                                             an experiment, I challenge you     easily pulled from the ground
away for the sale or for plant-                                                       to leave a plant or two or a       and are very easy to store. That
ing later. Also, put them in a                                                        started dahlia tuber or two in     way you can avoid all of the dig-
warm room so more growing                                                             the pot. Plant the entire pot in   ging and mess associated with
tips will pop out.                                                                    the ground, covering to slightly   washing and storing clumps of
                                                                                      over the top of the pot. Keep      tubers. If you chose not to dig
Those dahlias you bring to the                                                        track of which ones are still in   and store, simply cover with 4”
sale must be divided, have at
               divided,                                                               the pot. Experience has shown      to 6” of mulch and the dahlias
least one visible growing tip,
                           tip                                                        that there will be no discern-     will survive winter and grow
must be listed in the Dahlia                                                          able difference in the growth or   again next season.
Classification Book and identi-                                                       bloom production of these
                                                                                      plants and, in the case your       One last warning- until your
fied by name with the name                                                                                               plants have grown to the width
written on the tuber or on a                                                          garden is visited by tuber eat-
                                                                                      ing voles ( photo below), the      of a good sized pencil, you
tag attached to the tuber.                                                                                               should inspect your newly im-
                                                                                      pot will stop these eating ma-
                                                                                      chines from feasting on your       merging sprouts and plants
Please bring your tubers to                                                                                              daily if possible. At this stage
the sale early so they can be                                                         dahlia tubers.
organized properly for the auc-
tion and we can start on time.
Please place your tubers AA,
first, A next, B next, BB and so
on down the tables.

We thank each of you in ad-
vance for sharing your tubers
for the benefit of our society.                                                                                          new tender growth is very invit-
                                                                                                                         ing to cutworms (photo above)
                                                                                                                         They come out at night and you
                                                                                                                         might find that new
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growth has been cut off at the surface. If that        DAHLIA PICTURES
is the case, search the soil immediately
around the damage. They are hard to spot so
take your time. You stand a good chance of
finding the culprit within the top inch of soil,
within several inches of the damage. Two stout
rocks, used as cymbals, will take care of your
lowly nemesis. Some growers have been
known to wrap aluminum foil around the lower
couple of inches of new growth. It works.

Now, all the waiting is over. Begin planting
your dahlias, get your hands dirty and your
back sore. Rejoice that your passion is garden-

                                                   WESTON SPANISH DANCER M, C, FLAME


                                                          LUPIN SHELIA O, DP DP/W

                                                             HONKA O, Y Y/Y
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