Next Meeting: Tuesday, October 14, 2003. Program: Mini Show. You may show only 1 dahlia per category: AA,A,B,BB, M, BA, MB, P, WL, ST, N closed, N open, AN, PE, S, CO, O, MS, & x3, x5. Due to popular demand, we will also have 1 Laciniated-any size. Take this opportunity to have the gurus identify ambiguous blooms. Who will bring comestibles?
MINI SHOW MAXI BLOOMS Despite
heavy mist (necessitating windshield wipers) 69 excellent blooms taxed
Jytte & Lou P’s judging acumen. With his educational comedy routine, Lou
should hit the Petal Circuit. “Broken Form” came up several times. This
is where some of the petals do not conform to type definition. For
example, an orchid should be fully involute at least 2/3 its length.
When one petal does not quite touch at all, this constitutes a form break
and is a serious fault.
SOCIETY OF SERVICE: I was particularly proud of our members at our last meeting. Even in the parking lot, I saw several of you approach other members to ask if they needed help. Inside the room, many of you jumped in to set up the mini show, write labels, help ferry exhibits for late arrivals, share vases, & help novices figure out show tags. Some of you introduced yourselves to new members—wow—extra karma points. When the meeting was over, you helped exhibitors clean up, wiped down tables, & helped carry gear to cars. There are so many ways to participate! Thank you for your open-hearted spirits.
SWEAT EQUITY & RATE OF RETURN: Upon receiving an envelope with cash in it, Joe was delighted to learn he earned money for his great blooms at The Big Show as well as $$$ for his winners in the Novice Only Mini Show. Remember, our mini shows payout: 1st $1.50; 2nd $1; 3rd $.50 with a bonus of $5 for Best in Show. Special thanks to all those who have helped us out in the Dahlia Dell, the Marrs, Joe N, Joe L, Judy, Diane, John, Steve, & innumerable others. Your painstaking disbudding, deadheading, deleafing are treasured as much as your wonderful discourses with the public.
ODDS ‘N’ ENDS: Elsie requested that you test drive your vases before you bring them to a show. Some leaked all over the show tables or the pin frogs tipped up, sometimes causing a domino crash. She also admonished checking the cultivar’s spelling and correct ADS # for entries. Ted passed out his on-line version of the newsletter with colored digital pictures & links to an extra photo gallery. Thelma reported that Joanne suffered a “minor” heart attack & was recovering in the hospital. A week later, Thelma suffered the same thing. How could these be minor? Thanks to Steve for his delectable walnut balls, to Barbara for the gourmet caramels, and to Thelma for her chocolate chip cookies. xxxxxxxxxxxxxx.
SAN JOSE TRIUMPHS:
Jeff Miner, Walt Dabel & the John E. Stowell Dahlia Society organized a lovely show
at the Vallco Mall. Roy nabbed Best Largest with a magnificent Fidalgo
Climax as well as Amateur Sweepstakes. Team Queant nailed Best Open with
Pooh & Best Medium with Cameo as well as Best S, Loretta’s Pants ( which
had a few judges speculating about just who Loretta is & just what is it
about her pants?) Did Tinnee somehow resuscitate from suspended animation
at the National Show her x3 Pam Howdens to capture Best Small x3? Her
Matthew Juul took Best MS.
SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO ‘DAY IN THE PARK’: Jim brought a bucket of blooms, Bill brought 2 & Lou C. trucked in 3, to be sold for $1 a stem. Ann and Joe, Kim, Carol, Jim, Bill, Lou and Ken assured the gasping oohing crowd that yes, the dahlias were REAL. Out of 200 booths, people flocked to ours. Lou says this is a MUST next year.
CAPITOLA: BEST RIBBONS THIS YEAR!
Sweeping 4 for 4, Janet nailed her final novice sweeps, thereby
capitulating herself into Amateur status. Zynder/LarkIn swept Open &
Deborah accumulated Amateur. Bringing a mere 30 flowers, Lou P. garnered
Best Small with Glenbank Twinkle, Best Hamari Accord, Matthew Juul, x3 BA
(Skipley Moonglow), & Best Second Year Seedling, a cool tie dyed M Y/R/PK/W.
DJ’s Sean C exemplified collarettes, snagging ribbons for x1 & x3,
prompting a senior judge to mutter, “Looks like I need to pick that one up
next year.” Deborah had quite an itinerant bunch of flowers which
traveled up to the head table & back. Remaining to reap glory were Best O Juul’s Allstar, Best P Glen Place, floating WL Fern Irene, x3 Hamari
Accord, x5 Pooh, and x5 Moonlight Sonata.
The mildew plague is upon us. Strip every affected leaf & spray with
RosePride, previously called Funginex or
Orthenex. I prefer the systemic Orthenex, but it is nastier &
more dangerous than others so be very cognizant of what you are doing &
shower immediately afterwards. Wait a week & spray again. You can add
some Super Bloom & dishwashing soap (not detergent!) to your cocktail. As
your bloom size dwindles, try double disbudding: taking off both the extra
buds next to the central stem, & also the emerging shoots just below the
first leaf pair.
September Mini Show
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