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Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol7. April- May , 2009

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February through October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,  April28, 2009

Refreshments :  Johanna van den Bosch,

Peggy Byland, and Renee van de Burgt 

Program:   Planting , Stopping, and lateral cutting     

Question and Answer period.

Meeting : 8PM, May26, 2009.

Refreshments :Pat Glennie, Ann Wright and Arlyne Kuiper

Program: Paul Bloomquist on Growing Dahlias, (Pest ,Culture.)

Question and Answer period.

If your Membership dues are not paid, this will be your last newsletter.

President’s Message

 

In my last message,  I said Spring is just around the corner.  Well I went around the corner,  and it wasn’t there.  Some say global warming is the cause.  Others say it is just a weather cycle that comes to us  every 15 years or so.  If we don’t see this kind of winter for another 15 years, will suit me just fine.  I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart,  to purchase some pots.  Came home – turned up the heat on the back porch – put on a pair of shorts, T shirt, and  flip flops – then started potting up tubers- a good way to work  with Mother Nature.  I feel a lot better now.   As for my tubers wrapped  in plastic wrap, is a storage  practice,  that won’t happen at my house again.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  You choose.  I now have time to start turning soil.  This incorporates more oxygen, liberates good fungi and bacteria.  This is also the time to add amendments, so the potted tubers will have a good home when transplanted.Our tuber sale is fast approaching, and I am sure,  like in the past, we will have plenty of help setting up for our annual sale.  Other than our show, this is one of our most important events.  Start saving your toonies and loonies for the varieties you wish to purchase and grow this year.

 See you all at the next meeting and remember, don’t let Mother Nature depress you, as there is always a way to work with her.

Doug Youngson,  President 

 

Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale

April, 18  9AM till……..We need help. Even if you are not selling tubers. Come and help with the sale. No experience required.

It is time we get in to the garden remove weeds and if any boards or stones,  look if any slugs and snail are hiding. Also if any Raspberries or grapevines check them for snails . Snail love the new shoots.

National Show special classes of section 59  

 

FLOWER OF THE YEAR

SNOHO DORIS

MOST SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN DAHLIA IN THE LAST 100 YEARS

EDNA C

MOST SUCCESSFUL FOREIGN DAHLIA IN THE LAST 100 YEARS

KIDD'S CLIMAX

LEROUX INTRODUCTION

KENORA WILDFIRE/KENORA WOW

AMBROSE INTRODUCTION

CAMANO SITKA/CAMANO PUFF

BONNEYWELL INTRODUCTION

SNOHO SONIA

WILSON INTRODUCTION

LAKEVIEW CURLEY/LAKEVIEW PEACHFUZZ

WILLIAMS INTRODUCTION

SKIPLEY SPOT/SKIPLEY SPOT OF GOLD

PARSHALL INTRODUCTION

CLEARVIEW IRENE/CLEARVIEW DAVID

SENIOR INTRODUCTION

SPARTACUS

MORRIS INTRODUCTION

BJ's GABE

GREENWAY INTRODUCTION

GREENDOR

LOOMIS INTRODUCTION

MEL's LOUISA/MEL's BARBARA ANN

ANY OTHER SNOHOMISH COUNTY MEMBER'S INTRODUCTION (excludes ALL Leroux, Ambrose, Bonneywell, Williams, Parshall, Wilson, Senior, Morris, Loomis and Greenway originations)

BEST SINGLE ENTRY "LITTLE BEES WINGS"

BEST DAHLIA 40 YEARS OR OLDER

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Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol7. April- May , 2009

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February through October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,  April28, 2009

Refreshments :  Johanna van den Bosch,

Peggy Byland, and Renee van de Burgt 

Program:   Planting , Stopping, and lateral cutting     

Question and Answer period.

Meeting : 8PM, May26, 2009.

Refreshments :Pat Glennie, Ann Wright and Arlyne Kuiper

Program:  T. B. A.

Question and Answer period.

If your Membership dues are not paid, this will be your last newsletter.

President’s Message

 

In my last message,  I said Spring is just around the corner.  Well I went around the corner,  and it wasn’t there.  Some say global warming is the cause.  Others say it is just a weather cycle that comes to us  every 15 years or so.  If we don’t see this kind of winter for another 15 years, will suit me just fine.  I made a quick trip to Wal-Mart,  to purchase some pots.  Came home – turned up the heat on the back porch – put on a pair of shorts, T shirt, and  flip flops – then started potting up tubers- a good way to work  with Mother Nature.  I feel a lot better now.   As for my tubers wrapped  in plastic wrap, is a storage  practice,  that won’t happen at my house again.  Nothing ventured, nothing gained.  If it’s not broken, don’t fix it.  You choose.  I now have time to start turning soil.  This incorporates more oxygen, liberates good fungi and bacteria.  This is also the time to add amendments, so the potted tubers will have a good home when transplanted.Our tuber sale is fast approaching, and I am sure,  like in the past, we will have plenty of help setting up for our annual sale.  Other than our show, this is one of our most important events.  Start saving your toonies and loonies for the varieties you wish to purchase and grow this year.

 See you all at the next meeting and remember, don’t let Mother Nature depress you, as there is always a way to work with her.

Doug Youngson,  President 

 

Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale  Tuber Sale

April, 18  9AM till……..We need help. Even if you are not selling tubers. Come and help with the sale. No experience required.

It is time we get in to the garden remove weeds and if any boards or stones,  look if any slugs and snail are hiding. Also if any Raspberries or grapevines check them for snails . Snail love the new shoots.

National Show special classes of section 59  

 

FLOWER OF THE YEAR

SNOHO DORIS

MOST SUCCESSFUL AMERICAN DAHLIA IN THE LAST 100 YEARS

EDNA C

MOST SUCCESSFUL FOREIGN DAHLIA IN THE LAST 100 YEARS

KIDD'S CLIMAX

LEROUX INTRODUCTION

KENORA WILDFIRE/KENORA WOW

AMBROSE INTRODUCTION

CAMANO SITKA/CAMANO PUFF

BONNEYWELL INTRODUCTION

SNOHO SONIA

WILSON INTRODUCTION

LAKEVIEW CURLEY/LAKEVIEW PEACHFUZZ

WILLIAMS INTRODUCTION

SKIPLEY SPOT/SKIPLEY SPOT OF GOLD

PARSHALL INTRODUCTION

CLEARVIEW IRENE/CLEARVIEW DAVID

SENIOR INTRODUCTION

SPARTACUS

MORRIS INTRODUCTION

BJ's GABE

GREENWAY INTRODUCTION

GREENDOR

LOOMIS INTRODUCTION

MEL's LOUISA/MEL's BARBARA ANN

ANY OTHER SNOHOMISH COUNTY MEMBER'S INTRODUCTION (excludes ALL Leroux, Ambrose, Bonneywell, Williams, Parshall, Wilson, Senior, Morris, Loomis and Greenway originations)

BEST SINGLE ENTRY "LITTLE BEES WINGS"

BEST DAHLIA 40 YEARS OR OLDER

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Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol6. February-March , 2009

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February trough October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,  February 24,2009

Refreshments :  Kristy Byers , Maggie Cajar , Pat Ianson 

Program:   Cuttings Soil Preparation .      

Question and Answer period.

Meeting : 8PM, March24, 2009.

Refreshments :Roy Campbell , Larry Moore , Diana Youngson

Program: Getting ready for ourTuber Sale

Question and Answer period.

President’s  Message

Welcome back after a well deserved rest from our gardens and yard chores.  Spring is just around the corner and I know we are all ready to get right back at it.

If you feel the need to dig – dig out your dahlia wish list and the pictures of those varieties you are itching to grow, and hopefully show, this coming season.

I hope all went well with the storage of your tubers this past winter Myself, I stored

Approximately half of my tubers in plastic wrap for the first time. It is going to be interesting to see the results.

I am looking forward to seeing you all again at our February 24th meeting . Taking cuttings will be our program for the evening, and this is always interesting and worth seeing. You will find that this is a simple and rewarding process that will ad to your stock, and in some cases, the best way to be sure your favorite varieties will not be lost . I will have a few pages of easy to follow instructions for anyone who wishes to take cuttings. I find it is always good to have information at hand to jog your memory of what you have seen or heard.

Don’t hesitate to ask a friend or neighbor to tag along for the evening.  There is always something of interest for everyone.

Doug Youngson, President

 Spring is approaching and so is our tuber sale Check out your tubers. In the spring is when we lose our tubers. Take out any tubers with rot.  The will infect others.

If you have not sold tubers before, get a seller number from Ralph.

Remember our tuber sale date, April 18, 2009 Time set up Friday night  7 till 9. Need some help. You can bring your tubers and start putting tubers on the tables when set up is completed

We do need lots of help on Saturday April 18 at the sale please come and help your club, it is our only fund raiser. So please keep this date open.

Other imported dates this year:

 March 21 Federation Spring Workshop- Mt. Vernon senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Mt. Vernon.

July  18, 2009 Fed. Summer workshop, Faith Lutheran Church, 8208 - 18th Ave. NE

July  25, 2009 Judging Workshop  Mt. Vernon senior Center, 1401 Cleveland Ave. Mt. Vernon.

Aug. 22- 23 , 2009 ADS National Show- Hosted by the Snohomish County Dahlia Society, Forest park, Floral Hall, Everett, WA .

Official Hotel ADS meeting Banquet is Howard Johnson Hotel Mention ADS Dahlia Show and rooms are $109.00

 Membership : If you have not renewed your membership send in your dues. You are past due.

Plan on growing the challenge flowers for our show: Memorial flower Citron de Cab        B – LA -  Y.

The Unsworth Challenge Flower : Mary’s Jomanda

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol.4. August.- September, 2008

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February trough October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,  August, 26, 2008.

Refreshments :  Jeanette Stach, Carol Rollie, Arlyne Kuiper

Program : Parlor Show, and enter a Dahlia Show for beginners, including staging.

Question and answer period.

Meeting: 8 PM ,  September, 23, 2008.

Refreshments :  Roy Campbell, Casay Jansen, Larry Moore

Program: Reliving our show

Question and answer period.

Presidents Message

not available- gone boating

Parlor Show

This meeting we will try to make staging of your blooms and entry into a show a bit clearer for our new exhibitors. Please bring 1 or two blooms in a vase with some water. I will bring some containers and foam to stage them in. We will explain what happens to your entries.

 

Summer is going by and our dahlias are blooming' or at least getting close to it. From the members attending Dahlia Shows from other clubs, we hear flowers are late this year. The Howard's have, at this time gone to two shows, and got their share of entries on the head table. Also, the Stachs  had several of their entries on the head table in the Mt Vernon show.  Congratulations to you all.

Our club show will be Sept. 13 and 14, 2008. I'd like to see all our members at our show. These are the days where we show case the club to the Fraser Valley residents.  Bring some of your best blooms and enter in the show .We have a special class for first time exhibitors. A rosette and an award in this class is offered. You can enter in any class of the show beside this class. If you do not have any show containers the club will have staging materials and containers at the show.

We need help from members on the Friday night prior to the show, to set up and skirt the tables. Time7 till 9 o clock PM. After the show setup is complete, entries can be made till 9 PM and again Saturday morning, 7 AM until 10 AM.

We also need help with the hospitality section of the show.  No experience necessary. If interested in what the judges are looking for come and be a clerk or hang ribbons, it is fun. We train as we go along.

Elections are coming up in September .Become involved in your club see how it is run and become part of the decision making.  Doug Yongson is looking for your participation.  He is our Election Officer

Sponsors for our show: Any one home likes to make a donation to our show award list , please send it to Larry Moore,  46673 Macken Ave. Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 3B9

Water By Wayne Holland Copied from Hydahlia website with permission 

On a bright and early summer's morning, with not too much dew present, have you ever noticed the beaded necklace of water drops surrounding each leaf of a young, rapidly growing Dahlia plant?

Obviously a system is active that causes a lot of water to be transported up to the leaves where evaporation will ordinarily remove it during the daytime. This evaporation is the final stage of the water movement system called Transpiration.

Why so much water? Why the waste? Why not just enough? The explanation lies in the rapid growth potential of the Dahlia which requires a certain mineral or fertilizer amount that is present in only small concentration, therefore much water must be processed to get the necessary dissolved nutrients. Don't be tempted to add extra fertilizer to 'help out'. If the solution is too concentrated it will burn the delicate root and leaf tissues.

Considerable water is also required for the manufacture of the large amount of cellulose needed for the structure of the stems and other cell parts. Photosynthesis creates sugars from water and carbon dioxide and then later reactions convert the sugar into cellulose and also into the starch that is stored in the tubers. A little more water is required simply to keep each cell full and turgid so as to support the leaf and stem structures. We have all seen a droopy Dahlia or two that has either not got enough water available or has not developed an adequate root system to supply the plant.

This last symptom is often caused by planting large tubers, so that the Dahlia, being well supplied with food, does not send out sufficient nutrient seeking roots and subsequently cannot get the water that a large plant requires. Nothing much can be expected from such a plant. Small tubers or plants from cuttings are hardly likely to show this flaw and many people will either not plant a large tuber at all or else they will cut much of it away.

The water requirements of the Dahlia are therefore rather large at times. The demand will depend on the total leaf area and also upon the requirements for growth, and once mature, especially growth of blooms.

I have tried to grow Dahlias in tubs, but the chore of watering a mature, blooming plant is much too demanding for me.

My compliments to those who are committed enough to do it. Maybe a drip irrigation system could ......?...... Hum, something to think about!

Later in the season the growth of tubers requires water also, but not in the massive amounts needed by rapid cellular growth.

In the wild, Dahlias have a dormant season in their mountainous range which is quite cool, but mainly quite dry. The tuber has evolved as a water supply storage to keep the plant alive over the dry season. When the rains come again, growth resumes.

This would suggest that to get good tubers you should gradually withhold water at the end of the season to mimic the trigger of the natural dormancy period. In our Northwest climate, if heavy rains set in, you may as well dig them up as soon as there is a break in the weather. If you don't the tubers will rot or become so water rich that prolonged curing is required before storage.

You might even lose some of next years eyes if they begin to sprout in what may seem to the Dahlia to be the returning rains of the ancestral spring!

Another factor to consider is that both the plant and the tubers are more susceptible to frost when the natural antifreeze action of the sap sugars is diluted by excess water content.

Over watered or waterlogged conditions are never satisfactory as the acidic, low oxygen environment inhibits root growth and nutrients are not gathered and growth suffers.

Conclusion? Water Dahlias as little as you can when they are small in order to promote root growth to seek out the limited moisture. Then increasingly more water as leaf area becomes significant, and continue through the blooming season. Then less water to ripen the tubers and bring the season to a natural end. Common sense is required, of course, and if they look like they need a little water, then water them! For example, young plants or seedlings will often wilt badly on a very hot day and there is nothing wrong with a few light spays to raise the humidity and cool them off. I would caution you however not to soak them every day to try and prevent the wilting. Let them be stressed a bit and they will make better roots and be better plants.

The only time that water is essential, beyond that required to keep the plant looking good, is just as the buds are forming. At this stage it is essential to water thoroughly and often or the number of petals in the forming buds will be decreased and a much less desirable bloom will result.

 

 

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol.3. June.- July, 2008

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February trough October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,  June, 24, 2008.

Refreshments :  Sylvia Devitt., Kristy Byer, Arlyne Kuiper

Question and answer period.

Program : Taking photos of your Dahlias With

Meeting July 22, 2008  Potluck Club provides the meat, Picnic at Janette and Gordon Stach

9884 Lyncean Drive, Surrey, BC. V4N 4M7

Presidents Report

 

Here it is the 17th of May and spring has finally made an attempt to appear as it should be.  Digging in the garden has been cold but has had no affect on the buttercup and thistles population in my garden, but not for long.  With gardens dug and planting started it looks like another fun summer for both me and the dahlias. 

My boat is away at the shop having a new canvas installed for the summer so now is the time to get things done in the garden. We went to Victoria the 16th of May for our granddaughters wedding and met some people from South Carolina who told me that they take there tubers up every second year to divide them and that most winters are not harsh enough to hurt the tubers. The ferry traffic was very light both ways with no waits at either end. 

 How about that $30.00 for five gallons of gas for the lawnmower, maybe a solar powered model is not going too be to far away and I don’t mean man or wife powered.  I wish you all a great summer for watching and caring for your dahlias and a great picnic.  See you at the next meeting on the 27th of May all being well.

 Ross Wright

President

 

Important Dates: July 19- Summer Workshop- Faith Lutheran Church, Seattle. 9 AM

                                   July 26- Judge's Workshop- Mount Vernon Senior Center 9AM

Show Season Starts Aug.2-3  KCDS Show- President's Hall, Kitsap City Fairgrounds

Aug. 3 Trial Garden Judging School - Pt. Defiance Park, Tacoma WA

Aug. 9 - 10  SVDS Show - Skagit Valley Gardens, Mount Vernon, WA

Aug. 16 - 17  SCDS Show - Floral Hall, Forest Park, Everett, WA

Aug. 16 - 17 Victoria Dahlia Society , Hillside Mal, Victoria

Aug.23 - 24  PSDS Show

Aug. 23 - 24  Nanaimo Gladiolus and Dahlia Society Show, Country Club Centre. Nanaimo

Aug. 30 - 31 VDS Show, VanDusen Gardens, Vancouver

Sept. 6 - 7 WCDS Show - Bloedel - Donovan Park, Bellingham

Sept. 13 - 14  FVDS Show-George Preston Recreation Center, Langley, BC

Please support some shows by attending and / or entering some of your blooms in the shows. All of the shows are free to enter.

 

How To...

...top your dahlias

by, Richard Parshall
 

This "how to..." article deals with topping your dahlias. This technique, sometimes called pinching or stopping, should be done for two reasons. First, to encourage lateral branches to start development so that you will have plenty of blooms in time for show season and second, to produce a bushier, sturdier and more compact dahlia plant. This will make your plants less susceptible to high winds and inclement weather. An additional benefit is that because you are actually forcing earlier blooms you will naturally have more blooms during a growing season. (It’s true that letting the terminal bud bloom would give you a single early bloom, but then a longer interval would occur before your laterals begin to develop)

There seems to be a natural reluctance for most novice dahlia growers to perform this necessary task. Don’t think of it as a beheading but rather as grooming. Along with disbudding and disbranching, which will be discussed in our next article, topping should be considered more like a haircut for your dahlias. Remember that more new growth will replace what you have removed and it will replace it faster.


Before topping

 

During topping

 

After topping

 

The technique itself is quite simple. Gently grasp the central growing tip on your dahlia plant and bend it until it snaps off. Be careful not to damage the two emerging lateral branches that will just be beginning to form on each side of the plant tip right at the base of each leaf. This task should be performed early in the morning or in the evening when your plants are crisp with moisture. It may be a little more difficult in the afternoon when they are all rubbery from the sun and heat. Now all of your plant’s energy is directed into the growth of the lateral branches rather than the plant’s terminal bud.

Now that you know how and why to top, you need to learn when to top. This is where things get more complicated. It takes approximately 50 to 70 days for a lateral branch to develop into a full bloom. Small varieties usually develop faster than large varieties. Since most shows are in August and September, most dahlia growers will top their plants during the middle of June so that they will have plenty of blooms for the shows. Furthermore, depending upon the size of a plant’s bloom, experienced growers will usually leave a specific number of lateral branches on each plant. This is done by topping and then removing one or more sets of leaves beginning at the bottom of the plant and moving up. * The removal of the bottom one or two sets of leaves gives the added benefit of getting the plant up off the ground so that air can circulate around the plant which helps prevent the development of powdery mildew. The following guidelines will help:

A(Large) or AA(Giant) - 2 or 3 sets of leaves (4 or 6 lateral branches)

B(Medium) - 3 or 4 sets of leaves (6 or 8 branches)

Varieties under 6 inches - 5 or 6 sets of leaves (10 or 12 lateral branches)

As the branches grow, some can be removed to allow only a specific number of flowers to develop, especially for the larger varieties. Only allow 3 to 5 blooms to mature on large and giant varieties and 5 to 8 on mediums. Smaller varieties will usually not require disbranching.

Rough Time Table for Topping (Days before Show)

A or AA size - About 70 days before show

B size - About 65 days before show

BB and Ball size - About 60 days before show

Smaller blooms - 55 days or less

Plant growth and bloom time is very dependent on weather conditions, soil type, fertilizing programs and watering schedules. These conditions may vary from year to year and individual varieties may also differ from the norm, so please use the above information as a general guide in helping you grow bigger and more beautiful dahlias.

*Author’s Note: Some people believe that the bottom laterals develop into the largest and nicest blooms on a plant, they, therefore do not remove the first true leaves from the bottom. These dahlia growers will count up from the bottom to get the required number of leaf pairs and then top their plants.

 

 

 

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol.2. April.- May, 2008

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February trough October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,   April, 22, 2008.

Refreshments : Lloyd Clark., Johanna Van Den Bosch., Renee Vande Burgt.

  Program:  Question and answer period.

 Getting Ready to plant

 

Meeting,: 8 PM,  May, 27, 2008

Refreshments : Dorothy Rogers., Mary Probert., Pat Glennie

Program:  Question and answer period.

 Program: Bug Control and Hybridizing. With Paul Bloomquist

 

Presidents Report

 

Yes it is April already and everything is starting to grow.  I think the snow is finally gone, although it keeps trying to make a comeback.  We are still getting some frost at night.  I have started a little on the yard as we had a lot of broken trees and branches everywhere.

I have made my selections for the tuber sale, both those to sell and those to buy.  I hope you will support our club by bringing out your tubers for sale.  Some of the smaller varieties are very popular with people who have smaller gardens.  Bring along your friends and neighbours.  As you know, we have been in Aldergrove for a good number of years and have been very successful.  Now we have a new venue George Preston Recreation Centre 20699- 42 Avenue, Langley, BC.  We are hoping that the new venue will be as successful as the old one was.

I cannot express enough, the need for your help in the setting up on the Friday night April 18, 7pm to 9 pm. We also need help with the sale itself and the taking down on Saturday the 19th.

Remember this is your club and the sale makes a lot of the club happen.  Hope to see you all at the tuber sale April 19, 2008- 9am to 5pm.

 

Ross Wright, President

 

Tuber Sale.  Our Clubs only fund raiser will be Saturday April, 19. 9 AM to 5 PM. At the George Preston Centre 20699 42nd Ave. Langley .

Setup will be Friday night 7 PM to 9 PM., April, 18, 2008. We need some help to set it up.

Tubers can be placed on the tables as soon the tables boards and pictures are in place until 9 pm. Doors will be open at 7 AM . Saturday, April 19, 2008

Tubers must be in place before 9 AM. Members can start shopping as soon tubers are on the tables.

Saturday we need lots of help to sort tubers and recording sales, help our costumers find the locations off the tubers they are looking for.

So whether or not you are selling tubers :Your Club needs your help.!!!!! Without this sale, we cannot survive, we all need to do our part. Ralph

Back by popular demand Our soil amend (Composted pig manure) man is back April 22 before the meeting at 7 pm. He will bring a load of bags for us the cost this year $5.00 per bag.

B C. Council of Garden Clubs Meeting

Doug and Diana Youngson attended the meeting on March 29 ,2008, at St. Helen’s Church in North Burnaby.The doors opened at 8.30am. with a plant sale, and ticket  sales for excellent draw prizes, all donated by the various garden clubs and societies .  The FVDS donated a $25.00 gift certificate for our tuber sale, and we also handed out flyers advertising our tuber sale. The next meeting in Oct. 2008 will be at Our Lady of Sorrows Church  at 555  Slocan St., Vancouver. There were  40 clubs represented at this meeting. There are now 154 clubs that belong to the BC Counsel of Garden Clubs! The minutes and financial statement were distributed in our package envelopes. We heard the Council’s Committee Reports , and Elections were held. First Vice President is Mas Tanizawa, who we know from dahlia shows, Treasurer remains as Louis Peterson , and the Bulletin Editor remains as Marilyn Holt. The Scholarship Trust Committee remains as Sylvia Davis. The first speaker was Rolf Matthewes on plants and the history of the Queen Charlotte Islands.  He showed incredible slides covering the glacier age, right up to present day. Very, very interesting.

After lunch, the second speaker was Heather Edwards on Eco-Sculptures. She works for the Municipality of Burnaby and she showed us fantastic wire, ect. sculptures that Burnaby has made. Two huge cranes are atop Burnaby Mt. and they have also created salmon and carousel horses.  They are covered with living plants and really beautiful to see.

The next meeting has a tentative date of Oct. 4, 2008  Diana Youngson

 

 

How To...

...plant your dahlia tubers

by, Richard Parshall

It is planting time! This month's "How to... " page deals with planting your dahlia tubers. Hopefully you've all prepared your beds by amending them with plenty of organic material, i.e. compost, manure, etc.

Step one is to place your stakes where your dahlias will go. Stakes are necessary for taller variety dahlias to keep them from blowing over during wind storms. Five foot steel fence posts are great for this purpose, especially in heavy soils. Some people use rebar cut to four or five foot lengths and of course the old standby of most gardeners is cedar stakes.

Spacing of your stakes will depend on your individual needs. Larger varieties are generally placed 30 to 36 inches apart and smaller varieties will be fine at 24 inches. Most people plant double rows (two tubers or plants per stake. Some people, however, plant staggered rows with only one tuber or plant per stake. When planting staggered rows, plant your tubers offset four to six inches from a center line and space your stakes 18 to 24 inches apart. The nice thing about staggered rows is that your watering hose can be laid down the middle of the row. You can also place more tubers or plants per row with this method. Space your rows 4 to 5 feet apart so that you have plenty of room to get in around your plants to groom and tend. It also helps to promote better air circulation, which helps prevent powdery mildew.

Once your beds are ready, stakes are in, and all chance of frost is past, its time to get your hands dirty. For average soils, most people plant their tubers about six inches deep. Plant eight inches deep in light, sandy soils and four inches in heavy, clay soil. Dig a deep hole and back fill to appropriate depth. Lay tuber horizontally with the eye end toward the stake. The tuber eye should point up and be about four inches from the stake.

 

 

 

Society News

Fraser Valley Dahlia Society

Newsletter

46172  Clare Ave., Chilliwack, BC, V2P6N1

New Website location : www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com

Email fvds@shaw.ca

Since 1997 Vol.1 February-March 2008

Meetings: Held on the 4th Tuesday of the month February trough October,

At 8 PM, Central Heights Church, 1661,  McCallum  Road. Abbotsford

 

Meeting: 8 PM ,   February, 26, 2008.

Refreshments :  Pat Ianson, Diana Youngson, Arlyne Kuiper.

  Program:  Question and answer period.

Taking Dahlia Cuttings with Ralph Kuiper

 

Meeting,: 8 PM,  March,  25, 2008

Refreshments : tba

Program:  Question and answer period.

Your favorite Tools ,Cleanup Garden, and Tuber sale.

 

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Happy New Year All,

 

Well here we go for 2008, with a bigger and better facility for our upcoming tuber sale in April and our dahlia show in September. With those great new tubers, we should have a real nice show. 

With 10 inches of white on the back step, we have a ways to go yet.  The first thing we need to remember, is the February meeting on February 26, 2008 at 8pm or 2000 hrs.  I shall look forward to seeing a lot of eager gardeners with all kinds of good ideas to lead this club along for a least another 10 or 20 years. 

Now however, we have a lot to do to get ready for spring.  Things I find myself looking at, are what I will need for the planting season, such as new tags, stakes and fertilizer.  Some of us will be busy with taking cuttings and getting them started.  Others make this a time of rest for tubers and people.  Whatever makes you happy has got to be good.  So hope to see you February 26th at 8:pm, and don’t forget to bring a friend.

 

Ross Wright

President

 

Imported Dates for your club functions : Tuber Sale April  19.2008

                                                                    Annual Show September 13 and 14, 2008

All members please keep the dates open Your club needs you!!!!!!!!!!

We will need some help with setup tables, skirting and picture boards, April 18 at 7 pm.

Federation Spring workshop will be in Mt. Vernon Senior Center , 1401 Cleveland Ave. Mt Vernon , WA

If you ordered show vases we have them in stock and still have some for sale contact Ralph.

The price catalogue is ready for any one selling at our sale. I will have it at our meeting.

Article on cuttings is written by Richard Parshall copied with his permission.  It is only part due to space limits.

Editor Ralph Kuiper

People often ask, “ Don’t I need a greenhouse to take cuttings?” The answer of course is that it would be nice, but certainly is not necessary. If you have a greenhouse by all means use it, but if you don’t, use your basement, garage, spare room, small space on the kitchen counter, or a window sill. The key elements are light, heat, and moisture. If you can introduce these either naturally or artificially then you will have a place to grow your cuttings. Taking Dahlia Cuttings: Step #1, Benching up tubers and pot roots

Sometime in late January or early February gather those new and hard to grow tubers and pot roots (Cuttings from the previous year grown in 4 inch pots) from which you are planning to take cuttings. Place them in individual pots if you’re only taking cuttings from a few tubers. When taking cuttings of numerous tubers, then I recommend using six inch deep plastic trays (16” x 22” or 10” x 16”, available at most large chain hardware stores. Fill pots or trays to within one inch of the top with lightly moistened potting soil or a half sand and half peat moss mix. Plant your tubers vertically in rows spaced about 4 to 6 inches apart being sure to place a variety label next to each tuber. Expose the neck of each tuber an inch or two above the soil level to make the taking of cuttings easier. Finally, place trays or pots about 6 to 8 inches below florescent shop lights. No bottom heat is needed if set up is in a heated room (60 to 70 degrees). If set up is in a cool garage or basement then bottom heat is recommended. Sources of bottom heat could be heating cables (cheap, $25), special heating mats (expensive, $100+), or the top of the water heater or freezer (free). Most tubers will begin to eye up in a week to 10 days. Some, however, may take up to a month while others spring forth in 3 or 4 days It depends up the variety.  Taking Dahlia Cuttings: Step #2, Taking the cutting

When shoots have developed two or three sets of leaves and are about 3 inches tall, it is time to take your first cutting. Using a one sided industrial razor blade or a sharp hobby knife, slice off the dahlia shoot about 1/16 inch or the width of a dime from the crown of the tuber. Four new shoots will now develop from the base of the first shoot. Keep taking cuttings until you have all you need or until the cuttings become thin and weak. Warning: No new shoots will develop if you slice off the base of the shoot where it connects to the tuber crown. Pot clumps are great for taking cuttings because they eye up quicker than single tubers and they also send up more shoots. Always grow a few of your favorite varieties in 4 inch pots so you will have a good source for cuttings the following year. Remove the bottom set of leaves from each cutting and place the stem in a small jar or pill bottle of fresh water for several hours before sticking into a rooting medium This allows the cutting to take up as much water as possible. Don’t forget to label a tag with the variety name and date taken. Put the tag into the jar or bottle along with the cutting.
  Remove the bottom set of leaves from each cutting and place the stem in a small jar or pill bottle of fresh water for several hours before sticking into a rooting medium This allows the cutting to take up as much water as possible. Don’t forget the variety name and date taken. Put the tag into the jar or bottle along with the cutting. Finally, to prevent the spread of dahlia virus, wash your cutting blade between each cut in a dish detergent and water solution. We’ve been informed by the dahlia virus research team at Washington State University that this method is all that is necessary to kill any dahlia virus.

Taking Dahlia Cuttings: Step #3, Rooting mediums

There are two popular rooting mediums to use. The most common is to stick cuttings directly into a four inch pot filled with a high quality potting soil mix. The potting soil should be completely saturated with water before planting and must be kept very moist until the cutting has rooted. Most people dip the cut end into a powder or liquid rooting hormone prior to sticking. Insert the cutting into a half inch deep hole made with a dibble or pencil and press soil firmly around the stem to remove air pockets. Place over bottom heat and under florescent lighting until rooted. Move cuttings outside into the cold frame in March and April and harden off before planting in mid to late May. The advantage of this method is that it’s a one step process. The disadvantages are that it’s messy indoors and that your loss due to damping off (cutting wilts and rots) can be high depending on your conditions

A new system gaining popularity in the Pacific Northwest is the use of “Oasis” wedges as the planting medium. These wedges (wedge shaped “Oasis” foam, 1” by 1” by 2”) are saturated with water and placed in special trays that self water from below. The top of the wedge has a precut star shaped hole that allows cuttings to be inserted approximately one half inch into the wedge. In a study the author did, it was determined that cuttings actually root a little quicker without using a rooting hormone. A mild fertilizer is incorporated in the wedge system by its maker. For best results only use every other slot in the special tray and don’t pre-soak the wedges until they are needed. If your local nursery does not carry the “Oasis Wedge System” then ask them about ordering it. Greenhouse and nursery supply businesses will either have it or will be able to order it for you. Its advantages are numerous. There is very little mess in the garage, basement or spare room. The cuttings root quicker (usually 5 to 12 days depending upon variety). There is absolutely no damping off. Occasionally a cutting will fail to root, but we’re talking about 2%. The disadvantage is the extra step. After rooting the cuttings still need to be potted up into 4” pots and placed under florescent lighting (14 hours per day) until they can be moved into the cold frame. I store mine in the garage on steel industrial shelving purchased at COSTCO. The shelves are four feet long by 18” wide and allow two shop lights to be hung under each shelf, lighting the cuttings beneath them. The nice thing about storing cuttings this way is that they grow low and compact in the cool garage environment. Just make sure they don’t freeze! Some final observations: Remember, that what ever works for you keep on doing it, but don’t be afraid to experiment. I have lost tubers to shriveling and rotting after I have benched them up. There are no guarantees that all your tubers will survive. I now put tubers into a plastic bag along with slightly moistened potting soil about a week before benching to help them eye up and to get their feeder roots started. I don’t use plastic domes over my cuttings as I believe too much heat and moisture promotes damping off. I will fertilize the cutting with a half strength all-purpose liquid fertilizer about once a month until they are planted into the garden. I add one scoop of 14-14-14 Osmocote to each hole at planting time. You can take a few cuttings without investing a lot of money in equipment. Just adhere to the dahlia cutting’s need for light, heat, and moisture. Your cuttings might be gangly and ugly, but once they are topped, by mid-summer no one can tell the difference 

 

 

 

   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
FRASER VALLEY DAHLIA SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

46172 Clare Ave Tel: 1-604-792-0252  | New website:  http://www.fraservalleydahliasociety.com  | Old Website: http://members.shaw.ca/fvds  
Chilliwack BC email: fvds@shaw.ca
V2P 6N1

Volume 5-2007 since 1997 October/November

MEETINGS: held 4th Tuesday February thru October at Central Heights Church 1661 McCallum Rd Abbotsford

October 23rdat 8:00 PM………….Digging & Dividing, storing of tubers
Refreshments: Vivian Jervis, Ed Sawatsky, Nora Gessner
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PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Well it is October, again cool and wet here in Whonnock. I have been cutting a lot of bloom because it has been damaged from the weather.

To all those that helped with the Dahlia Show, by setting up Friday night and taking down Sunday, thank you. To all those that brought their beautiful blooms for the show, the judges and clerks thank you. The food was just wonderful and plentiful, thank you to Paul and Cheryl and Cheryl’s mom and all the volunteers. We can’t do it without you.
To those who missed the show, too bad, so sad, your club did a great job and we can all be very proud of a job well done.

The new calendars are available and will be at the next meeting October 23rd if you wish to buy one.

Janette Milburn is going to retire from the newsletter business, so the club is looking for someone to take the newsletter over next year. Please give me a call at 604-462-7658 if you are interested, or show up at the next meeting.

So until then, Good Gardening.

Ross Wright


Request from Ralph

In order to make our price list available early in the new year I need the information with varieties that are being grown by members. It don’t matter whether you are selling or not, I do sometimes get requests for availability for Pacific varieties and it helps me in providing the correct replies. So please send me you variety list including if possible size and exhibit as in ( BB-SC-Y) by email rkuiper@shaw.ca or send to R Kuiper 46172 Clare Ave Chilliwack BC V2P 6N1.

Thank You Ralph

DUES TIME
It’s that time again
Included in mail out letters and emailed separately if you get your letter by email cause I don’t know how to cut and paste. (Sorry) Please fill out and hand in to Larry.

PETALS OF WISDOM- By Janette

This will be a hard one, firstly my sympathies to Wally Kurth and his family, she will be missed, and Wally what a beautiful tribute to her. To Pete Greenaway’s family also, he will be missed, and just think girls we shall miss that little kiss he always gave us along with his smile.

I have always enjoyed putting together this newsletter, and will miss doing it, but right now I have so much on my plate, I forget my name sometimes. By the time I get myself resettled, and know where I am going, I will be back to visit at least, as I am sure you all know my life’s path has changed.

My garden this year was behind the woodshed and was 5 plants, but they were gorgeous, and my tubers were nurtured by a neighbor so that they would survive. Thanks to all of my Dahlia family, you have taught me so much about growing dahlias, not that I always listened mind you.

Have a great digging season, cannot be any worse than the growing one this year, stay happy and healthy, have a wonderful holiday season and a good new year.

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FRASER VALLEY DAHLIA

Newsletter

46172 Clare Ave Tel: 1-604-792-0252 website:http//members.shaw.ca
Chilliwack BC email: fvds@shaw.ca
V2P 6N1

Volume 4-2007 since 1997 August/September


MEETINGS: held 4th Tuesday February thru October at Central Heights Church 1661 McCallum Rd Abbotsford

August 28th at 8:00 PM…………….Parlor Show
Refreshments: Casey Jansen, Roy Campbell, Larry Moore
September 25th at6:00 PM………….ELECTIONS & afterglow of Show
Refreshments: Arlyne Kuiper & Ena Lanting

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VICE-PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

Finally a weather pattern that we can all cope with, and our dahlias seem to be enjoying the trend

Another great picnic was enjoyed by all in the Stach’s beautiful garden. I think there was enough food to feed every member of the Federation! Jeanne Noel again gave a great lesson in floral art. A very talented woman.

Be sure to attend our August 28th meeting, the last before our show. Any questions or concerns you may have will be addressed.

The Show will be at “George Preston Recreation Centre”
20699-42nd Ave
Langley BC

Thanks again Gordon, Jeannette and Jeanne

Doug Youngson

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Upcoming shows:

August 18-19, 2007—Snohomish County Dahlia Show Floral Hall, Forest Park, Everett WA
August 25-26, 2007—Puget Sound Dahllia Association Dahlia Show Factoria Mall,
Bellevue WA
September 1-2, 2007—Vancouver Dahlia Society, Oakridge Shopping Mall Auditorium, 650- W. 41st Ave Vancouver, located between Oak and Cambie Streets (due to labor dispute location had to be changed)
September 8-9, 2007—Whatcom County Dahlia Show, Bloedel-Donovan Park Gym,
Bellingham WA
September 15-16, 2007 Fraser Valley Dahlia Show, George Preston Rec Center, Langley

Any of our members wishing to donate towards our Show would be appreciated.

OUR SHOW- September 15th & 16th

Volunteers are needed Friday for set-up at 6. PM
Saturday for serving of lunch
Manning information booth
Sunday for take-down

Remember special “CLASS FOR FIRST TIME EXHIBITORS” a prize to be awarded.


SATURDAY SEPT.15th

Entries may be made at 7:00 to 10:00 AM

Judges and Clerks Meeting 10:00 AM

Judging of Show 10:15 AM

Show opens to Public 12:00 PM
Closes to Public 6:00 PM


SUNDAY SEPT. 16TH

Show opens 10:00 AM

Awards 3:30 PM

Show closes 4:00 PM

NOTE: If you require cans in order to display your entries, please contact Ralph Kuiper 604-782-0252

REMOVAL OF ENTRIES: Exhibitors are requested to leave entries on the tables until after the Show closes. Those entrants who cannot remove their entries are expected to make arrangements for their removal.

DIRECTIONS from Pacific Border Crossing: follow Highway 16 to 16th Ave, turn right, follow 16th Ave to 208th Street, turn left to 42nd Ave turn left and first driveway on the right is the complex. The total number of miles from border is 9 miles.
Lynden border crossing, north to 16th Ave, turn left, to 208th Street, turn right, to 42nd Ave, turn right first driveway on right is the complex.


PETALS OF WISDOM- By Janette

Well here it is August and all of your dahlias are looking wonderful after your tender love and care you have bestowed on them since May. That is what it is all about, the miracle that sprouts from one little tuber into this luscious big bush with lovely flowers blooming from now till frost.

Please remember that it is time to spray for powdery mildew.

I wish you all a great Show on September 15th and 16th, I will not be able to attend this year, but yes Ralph I have slotted in Saturday morning for clerking if you need me. My life has taken a curve with Jim’s passing, and it still just feels like he is away on a trip, however I have all this stuff to do now and it is overwhelming. Enough said “this too shall pass”.

Don’t forget to take in a flower or two for the Parlor Show at the August meeting.
Take care and see you soon.

Douwnload April,2007 Newsletter

Douwnload Feb,2007 Newsletter

FRASER VALLEY DAHLIA SOCIETY
NEWSLETTER

46172 Clare Ave, Chilliwack BC

V2P 6N1

Tel: 1-604-792-0252

website:http//members.shaw.ca
email: fvds@shaw.ca

Volume 5-2006 since 1997 October/ November


MEETINGS: held 4th Tuesday February thru October at Central Heights Church 1661 McCallum Rd Abbotsford

October 24 at 8:00 PM…………….Digging
……… .Refreshments: Vivian Jervis, Diana Youngson, Mary Probert


“NEWS FLASH”
The Fraser Valley Dahlia Society wins the Federation of Northwest Dahlia Growers “Club Challenge Cup”
It was mainly won by Cheryl & Paul Howard who did have a great year growing perfect dahlias.

PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE

This will be my last President’s message, as my days as president of your Club are coming to and end. It has been an honor to lead the Club to this point. It is time however, for someone else to lead us into the next 10 years. I’d like to thank all of you who helped me, especially the members of the past Executive, for their support, Janette Milburn, for keeping me on the straight and narrow. Thank you to the Youngson’s for finding us a new slate of officers for 2007. Since our last elections, Diana Youngson has volunteered to become our Secretary for the Club—thanks from all of us. Janette will continue to do the newsletter.
Our association with the Aldergrove Mall has come to an end. The Mall Management can no longer guarantee its existence in its present form. The Mall is for sale and offers are being considered.
We have secured the Elk’s Hall for our Tuber Sale April 21st, 2007, it is located next to the Aldergrove Mall on Fraser Hwy.
The Annual Show will be in the George Preston Recreation Centre, located at 42nd Ave and 208th St in Langley on September 15th and 16th, 2007. We will need lots of member participation, so please mark your calendars and keep this weekend free to help out. Time will soon be here to put our tubers to bed for the winter. Try making even digging fun, pick dry weather to dig. Before pulling on the stake hit it once with a hammer to brake the tension, it makes the job much easier to pull them out.
Our new President Ross Wright, will take on his job as of January 01, 2007, please make him welcome and give him your support and help out. I am certain he will lead our Club to new heights.

Ralph Kuiper


PETALS OF WISDOM

Well here it is October, my dahlias are absolutely beautiful, so Mr. Sun you can just stay around for a while. It has been a good year for most of us, a great one for the Howard’s I hear, thank you Cheryl and Paul for bringing our Club into the limelight you must be very proud. Our little Island has managed to stay in the ALR which makes us very happy, it was a long hard fight.
I am most grateful to Diana Youngson for stepping up to the mark and agreeing to take on the secretary duties. Good luck Diana, I know you will do a great job. Actually being that there were so few members at the September meeting maybe I should tell you who the new


Executive are:
President—Ross Wright
1st Vice Pres.—Doug Youngson
Treasurer—Larry Moore
Secretary—Diana Youngson
Executive—Peggy Byland
--Roy Campbell
--Sylvia Devitt
--Cheryl Howard
--Paul Howard
--Pat Ianson
--Arylne Kuiper
--Janette Milburn
Newsletter Editor—Janette Milburn


As Ralph said a new location is going to be a challenge, but we are up to it, right?
Well that was a good filler. I am including a membership renewal form with your newsletter, please fill it out in full and give to Larry with your dues. It just helps to keep us up to date with our members. Thank you.
Janette

 

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