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Longest lasting indoor flowers with 4/8 water!
The Bigger They Are The Harder They Fall - Handsome, Lucky Blue™ and Deep Red™ blossoms are the newest stars in the garden.
Check out what the 2012 award-winning Black Beauty® Black and Blue™ is doing in the garden. The Black Beauty® Gold Winner will make you howl and the Black Beauty® Special Blue Winners will make your eyes pop!
To qualify, flowers must be mounded at a maximum height of 2 feet and must be of uniform size. It's not necessary that all flowers be of equal size or color - however, it is required that they appear to be growing at the same height within a group.
In the Black Beauty® Series, 12 winners of a more subdued, elegant, and classic flower will be chosen, which is called the Black Beauty® Gold Series. Each winner in this series will be selected by popular vote and named after a famous performer.
In the Black Beauty® Platinum Series, 4 winners will be selected which are called the Black Beauty® Platinum Series.
The Black Beauty® Series was created to honor the iconic black beauty Dahlias, designed by Leon Siemens in the early 20th century.
Six winners of the Black Beauty® Gold Series and four winners of the Black Beauty® Platinum Series will be selected through a nationwide, online poll by Florette.com. Voters will be invited to select their favorite dahlia of the series. Poll winners will be announced on Florette.com at the end of February 2012.
Poll voting will continue until Friday, May 18, 2012, at 5 p.m. PST.
Poll ballots will only be counted on the poll voting page and results will not be accessible by other means or published publicly.
The largest public vote count will be completed on May 25th and will determine the number of finalists to be selected by the judging committee.
The winners in the Black Beauty® Series will receive $500, $1,000 or $1,500, and will be showcased in the industry's largest trade show at the 2012 Garden Writers Association trade show in Las Vegas, NV.
Bigger means better! Black and Blue™ Dahlias bloom at the highest intensity. While appearing to be of the same height, they are actually at different stages of maturity. The more mature, larger size blooms, enjoy deep blue coloring in the center.
If a dahlia has a "date" on the blossom, the date is more recent than on the neighboring flowers. While there are multiple possibilities of dates and the range of dates is large, approximately 30% of all blossoms will be at the earliest possible date.
The range of color is broader than that of the Black Beauty® Gold Series Dahlias.
When the outside color range for the Black Beauty® Gold Series Dahlias is compared to the color range for the Black Beauty® Platinum Series Dahlias, the Golden Dahlias are generally darker in color and have a more contrasting effect.
Please note that the images on the video will not be the same images from which the descriptions are derived.
A group of Dahlias of a specific color range.
Crowding: Crowding in a group of Dahlias can prevent the flowers from developing their full potential. Crowding of Dahlias in the garden is generally most common around the middle of the garden, under the ball and the mound, and under trees and shrubs. The flowers at the top of a plant are more likely to be spaced, so look for a grouping of clustered Dahlias for their best appearance.
Age of Flower: Age of flower is when the flower is at the time of first opening and is the first day the flower is seen above the soil. A higher proportion of flowers will open from this age forward.
Size of flower: This indicates the maximum height of a flower, measured from the base of the stamens to the top of the flower. The color of the flower is the color at the base of the stalk. Color inside the flower may differ from the base color.
Mounding: Mounding means that the flowers grow closely together, often in multiple tiers, creating an appearance of multiple flowers on a stem. This is more likely to occur in a dens