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KIDD’S CLIMAX, 1940        
Big, beautiful ‘Kidd’s Climax’ is one of the 20th century’s Top 10 dahlias. It offers colossal blooms of an ineffable, sunrise blend of pink, lavender, and creamy yellow that looks so luscious we bet you’ll want to take a bite. Easy to grow, free-flowering, and sturdy, it’s still winning tons of blue ribbons today at dahlia shows and county fairs across the country. 8-10”, 3-4’, heat-tolerant, from Oregon. Although we expect to offer this treasure for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until later this summer. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
KLANKSTAD KERKRADE, 1954        Rarest
No matter how small your garden is, this compact dahlia with its bouquet-sized poofs of soft, primrose yellow will make you glad you planted it. We love its weird name, too. Klankstad means “Sound City” and Kerkrade is the Dutch town that in 1951 launched what has become the world’s greatest band festival. 3-4”, 3-5’, semi-cactus, from Holland. Although we expect to offer ‘Klankstad’ for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
LAVENDER CHIFFON, 1957        Rarest
Cool, man, cool! From the year that brought us Old Yeller, “Wake Up Little Susie,” and the coolest Chevy ever comes this enduring New Zealand classic. With its rippling, snow-white petals blushed with rosy lavender, it may remind you of sea anemones on a coral reef – or senior prom? 4-6”, 4-6’, semi-cactus, from Oregon. Chart & care.
SD-69
1/$9
3/$24.50
5/$39
10/$72
25/$162
LAVENGRO, 1953        Rarest
This big, romantic dahlia is still winning so many blue ribbons almost 60 years after it was introduced that the ADS rates it a “Cream of the Crop” dahlia. Its unusual name is the title of a wildly popular Victorian travel-adventure about life among the gypsies. (When we tried reading it, we discovered we like the dahlia a lot better.) 6-10”, 4-5’, heat-tolerant, from Holland. Chart & care.
SD-48
1/$10
3/$27.50
5/$43
10/$80
25/$180
LITTLE BEESWINGS, 1909        
Years ago when we asked in the ADS Bulletin if anyone grew this relic, we heard from just one person, David Murphy. He eventually sent his entire stock to us with a note: “In recognition of your efforts to preserve old dahlias. Their survival now rests in your hands.” Will you help? Lively and cute, ‘Little Beeswings’ produces an abundance of yellow pompons tipped flame-red. It’s a fine keeper, too, so you’ll soon have extras to pass along, as David did. 1-2”, 3-4’, heat-tolerant, from New Hampshire. We hope to offer ‘Little B’ for spring delivery, but availability can’t be confirmed till September. Please check back or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
LUTT WICHEN, 1941        Rarest
This unusual dwarf could almost be called a ground-cover dahlia. Barely 2 feet tall, it spreads out to make a dense, self-supporting plant 3 feet wide or more – which makes it great for pots, too. Abundant gardenia-like flowers glow against deep green foliage. Its name – often misspelled Leutwitchen – seems to honor Germany’s Little Wichen mountain, but if you can tell us more, please do! Waterlily, 3”, 2-3’, from Oregon. Chart & care.
SD-71
1/$10
3/$27.50
5/$43
Limit 5, please.
MISS ROSE FLETCHER, 1948        
This angelically soft pink sunburst would be perfect for a frothy Sweet-16 party, a summer wedding, a pastel cottage garden, or (best of all) a simple vase on your desk or kitchen counter from August till frost. Australian-bred, it was introduced to great acclaim shortly after WWII, a peaceful beauty for a new age. 4-6” 4’, from Oregon. Chart & care.
SD-18
1/$8
3/$22
5/$34.50
10/$64
25/$144
MRS. I. DE VER WARNER, 1920        Rarest
Preserved by a Kentucky farm family since the 1930s, this remarkable dahlia is hardy enough to survive most winters in the ground in mid-zone 6 and then bloom weeks before any other. A tall, lavender rose beauty, it came to us from 80-something Joyce Dowell who inherited it decades ago from her dahlia-loving grandmother, Fannie Williams. You can read their whole wonderful story here. Then plant this rare relic and when it blooms, remember Joyce and Fannie. 5-6”, 5-6’, from Oregon. We expect to offer this beauty for spring 2017, but availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
NELLIE BROOMHEAD, 1897        Rarest
When a Japanese dahlia collector offered us this rare jewel, we were thrilled. Much like the old ‘Seven Sisters’ rose, it blooms with flowers ranging from almost white to vibrant rosy lavender. Praised and pictured in Gordon’s 1912 Dahlias, it’s the only one of hundreds in that classic book that still survives – and we have just 50 available this spring! Pompon, 3-4’, from Holland. Although we expect to offer this treasure for spring 2017 delivery, availability can’t be confirmed until September. Please check back then or subscribe to our newsletter for an alert.
NEPOS, 1958        Rarest
It may not be flashy or ancient, but this sublimely simple waterlily dahlia is one of the most beautiful flowers we’ve ever grown – yes, ever. Bred by the Lombaert brothers of Belgium, it’s a baby-fresh masterpiece of pink, white, and lavender, on a plant that’s not too tall, with wiry stems that practically beg you to cut them for bouquets. 4-6”, 3-4’, from Holland. Chart & care.
SD-70
1/$10
3/$27.50
5/$43
Limit 5, please.
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