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I have a blog
« on: October 28, 2008, 02:37:25 PM »
Don't know if I posted this before, but I have a blog..it is a mix of stuff going on in my life...fun actually...

www.beesnblooms.blogspot.com

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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #1 on: October 28, 2008, 10:32:53 PM »
 I did!

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« Reply #2 on: October 29, 2008, 07:41:54 AM »
Beautiful pictures, Sharon, and fun to read!

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« Reply #3 on: October 29, 2008, 11:49:06 AM »
John,

I saw your comment  ;),  thanks Mizz Tillie~*~*

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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2009, 03:48:47 PM »
Oh wow, theres info on Dahlias on your blog. Who would have guessed ;) Thanks.

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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2009, 01:50:18 AM »
Yep, I am a dahlia grower/fanatic...have a small 1/4 acre flower farm...just got home from seeing the new introductions for 2009!!!  Drooooling...hhhmmmmmmm :lol:

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« Reply #6 on: January 10, 2009, 09:24:56 AM »
I wanted to express the beauty of your images, all of them. I have a technical question (beside youre camera specs.) do you zoom in and take the image from about 1ft to 1.5 ft away on closeup items (roots, etc.) because your depth of field is so enormous, I can take great closeups with my Olympus Macro Lens, but in doing so anything too close loses sharpness in depth.

I regain depth using the zoom feature (optical only, never a digital zoom user) and regain depth, but YOURS seems superb, not to mention you always have those wonderful yellow tones that you cannot get here in the East because the SUN is always going away from us during the day, we get more bluish tones, then the yellow, reds and oranges.

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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #7 on: January 10, 2009, 01:13:56 PM »
Hi Beemaster,

Thanks for your kind words about the blog!  I have just a simple Canon PowerShot SD750

I found the "digital macro" button on the menu bar and shot from about 1 foot away.  I was impressed with the photos!  Really I do not know what I am doing, ha ha ...

Hopefully I can get some good shots of the bees, but I hate getting propolis on the camera!

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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #8 on: January 19, 2009, 08:18:07 AM »
Very nice blog.

A question about dahlias, what do you use them for?

I've never planted them and I'm guessing they are not a flower for the bees? But they are nice.
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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #9 on: January 19, 2009, 11:34:37 AM »
Bjorn,

There are many varieties of dahlias.  Some are open centered which the bees are crazy about.  I sell the cut flowers, and tubers.  I also enter the exhibition dahlias in shows.



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« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2009, 12:55:45 PM »
Very Nice picture. Looks like something close to a "pooh" dahlia.

Myself, most dahlias look like overgrown mums and I do not like the orange varieties.

But I love the "Edge of Joy" which is white edged in violet, and always thought that they would neat to plant with "Mary Eveline", which I'm sure you know has Burgundy petals.

Of course, at this point I'm talking out my rear-end as I have no clue about anything with dahlias. I've searched my extensive spring collection of every plant company magazine, and have just noticed the two above varieties from the van Bourgondien catalog. Seems they have about the largest variety of dahlias for sale. Of course they want 8.00 a bulb.  :shock:

Let me know if we could work out a deal for a few bulbs. I would be interested in the two I mentioned above, found here...  http://www.dutchbulbs.com/store/dahlias  Bottom row, center two.

Anyways, Great looking flowers you have.
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« Reply #11 on: January 20, 2009, 12:22:16 PM »
This is a great place to find dahlias:

http://dahlias.net/dbiglist.htm

There are many varieties of dahlias that are field dahlias and not exhibition dahlias.  I grow dahlias listed in the American Dahlia Society classification list.  Yes I am a "dahlia snob" hahaha.

Check out www.dahlias.com for great photos, and of course

www.dahlia.org  American Dahlia Society.

I am not sure yet if I will have surplus dahlia tubers available, but will let you know ASAP when I do.

Stay warm~*~

P.S.  Yes the photo I posted is of seed that I collected from "Pooh"



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Re: I have a blog
« Reply #12 on: January 25, 2009, 03:47:06 PM »
heres a dahlia i got from Sharon from her seeds!
http://picasaweb.google.com/Johnnybigfish/DayValleyDahliaSFlower?feat=directlink
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« Reply #13 on: January 25, 2009, 03:54:50 PM »
Sorry....I'm a little bit rusty from not havin  online access for a week!
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« Reply #14 on: January 25, 2009, 11:29:20 PM »
Very nice blog.

a question about dahlias, what do you use them for?

I've never planted them and I'm guessing they are not a flower for the bees? But they are nice.

I got seeds from Sharon also and the bees were crazy for those flowers. Just loved them up

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« Reply #15 on: January 26, 2009, 07:24:03 AM »
Very nice blog.

a question about dahlias, what do you use them for?

I've never planted them and I'm guessing they are not a flower for the bees? But they are nice.

I got seeds from Sharon also and the bees were crazy for those flowers. Just loved them up

annette,
what type did you get?

I have been on the site listed above, but other than visual guesses, I just do not know which would be good for bees.
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« Reply #16 on: January 27, 2009, 12:16:46 AM »
I do not know really. Sharon just mailed me out a bunch of seeds. They did not have names. They were all bee loving flowers though even though the flowers were all different.






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« Reply #17 on: January 27, 2009, 07:44:34 AM »
Very nice annette.

I always read or assumed that dahlia's were tuber plants that needed to be removed in winter. But your saying that these are from seeds. Are they first year plants, being this is the plants and flowers you got in one season from seeds?

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« Reply #18 on: January 27, 2009, 02:25:06 PM »
Very nice annette.

I always read or assumed that dahlia's were tuber plants that needed to be removed in winter. But your saying that these are from seeds. Are they first year plants, being this is the plants and flowers you got in one season from seeds?

Thank you.

I don't know much about dahlia's,but they are from seeds and this was the first year I grew them.  I read from Sharon that I do have to remove the tubers from the ground in the winter. (my friend was supposed to remove them, but never did, so I believe they may be dead, or perhaps they will just come back up again in the Spring)

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« Reply #19 on: January 28, 2009, 07:02:54 PM »
Nice photos Annette.  Your seedlings produced plants, that in turn produced tubers.  They may have survived, and might well re-grow for you this season!

As you know, when grown from seed, we never know what the flower will look like, as the bees do the pollinating.  When you grow from a tuber, you get a duplicate of that particular bloom!