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December 21st 2014

Day 3// Dahlia Collection Giveaway!

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IMG_9065Today is Day Three of Floret’s “Five Days of Giveaways” party to celebrate the launch of the new online Shop.

Yesterday’s lucky winner of the Cafe au Lait Dahlia collection is: Julie Clausen. Congrats Julie!

As part of the celebration, I’m giving away another gift from the Shop:  This time around, I’m offering  your choice of one of our new Dahlia collections.

Over the years I’ve grown and tested over 400 different dahlia varieties, looking for cultivars that meet a strict set of criteria: disease resistance, durability in bad weather, strong stems, clear coloring, consistent flower form, a long vase life and most importantly a high stem count. I’ve whittled down my list of top performers and these collections represent some of my all-time favorites, grouped in complementary color collections.

sunsetdahliafinalFloret’s Sunset Dahlia CollectionThis collection is comprised of of my five favorite bold colored varieties in shades of rich velvet red, deep russet, warm terra cotta, mandarin and tangerine. The collection includes one of each of the following varieties: Cornel, Jomanda, Intrigue, Valley Rustbucket and Maarn varieties.

sunrisedahliafinalFloret’s Sunrise Dahlia CollectionThis collection is comprised of of my five favorite warm, sunny blooms in shades of ochre, champagne, tangerine, amber and gold. This collection includes one of each of the following varieties: Crichton Honey, Ginger Willow, Maarn, Suncrest and September Morning.

sherbetdahliafinalFloret’s Sherbet Toned Dahlia Collection:  This collection is comprised of my favorite sherbet toned beauties in shades of salmon, coral, ballet slipper pink, champagne and peachy gold. This collection includes one each of the following five varieties: Robin Hood, Snoho Doris, Bracken Rose, Crichton Honey and September Morning

To enter to win your choice of one of these dahlia collections, simply add a comment at the end of this post. In your comment, please share which dahlia color collection is your favorite. The winner will be announced here tomorrow along with our next giveaway!

A limited quantity of these dahlia collections are available in the new Shop.  If you plan to give one as a gift this holiday season, we have gorgeous gift certificates that you can personalize and print for your loved one.

*Please note, this giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. (So sorry international friends —they can only be shipped domestically.)

159 Comments

  1. Alana Ferch on

    Sunset! Love the solid rich tones together!

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  2. Robyn on

    Sunset please and thank you!!! Love!!!

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  3. Ingrid Blanton on

    Dahlias are my FAVORITE late season flowers. The sunset collection has my favorite colors.

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  4. Susan Grant on

    Love the Sherbet collection; they are amazing! You have such a talent for combining colors – matches the “greenness” of your thumb!

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  5. Shelley Mckown on

    I love the Sherbet collection, but they are all sooo beautiful.

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  6. Maureen deBruyn on

    They are all gorgeous! Sherbet collection is favorite! Love them!

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  7. Maryam on

    Champagne for sure!!!

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  8. Michael on

    They are all so beautiful (and so are your photographs!), and quite close, but I’d have to say that Dahlia ‘Maarn’ is my favorite.

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  9. Kathy Horn on

    I am enjoying my winter break but really missing my dahlias! I like the Sunset best!

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  10. Marta Wieneke on

    Oh – I am totally obsessed with dahlias after devoting my whole cutting garden to them this past summer – They are so gorgeous…. Sometimes I feel sorry for some of my other flowers in their presence :)… I would love the Sunset collection – Much gratitude to you for so much inspiration. .. I’m planning my new career as a flower farmer :)

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  11. Elise on

    LOVE the sherbet collection!

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  12. Kim stearns on

    Dahlia’s, my new favorite flower!!! SO enjoyed cutting them and arranging them at the three day workshop at Floret this past fall!!! :)))

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  13. Jordyn Pecha on

    I would love the Sherbet Collection! Gorgeous!

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  14. Michelle H. on

    Oh my goodness, that sunrise collection is just incredible -well, they ALL are actually! I’d have a bouquet in every room with those gorgeous blooms!

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  15. Amy on

    My goodness, so hard to decide! Sunset, sherbet, sunret…yes, SUNSET is my favorite. Love the middle tones especially! But sherbert is just one short step behind!

    Thanks for thinking of us Erin and all of the amazing photos!!

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  16. Ginny Dunham on

    Erin, I love the dahlias you grow and have tried to track down all that you have named in earlier blog posts. I ordered the Sunset collection when it was first available but would love the beautiful Sherbet collection! Love your site and blog and especially your generous spirit.

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  17. Catherine O'Dell on

    I love, love, love them all…but on this, the day of Winter Solstice, I’m looking forward to sunrise, and I think the Sunrise Collection gets me excited for long, warm, sunny days!

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  18. Evangeline M on

    I really like the sunset collection, but they are all beautiful!

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  19. Marla on

    I’m loving the Sherbet Toned Collection!

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  20. amelia amish on

    i would pick the sunrise series. thank you for this fun giveaway.

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  21. Casey on

    Sooooo pretty. Sherbet, please.

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  22. Audra on

    I love the sunset collection! So beautiful!

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  23. Susan on

    The Sunrise Collection is particularly glorious!

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  24. Komali on

    I like all dahlias. I especially like Sunset collection.

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  25. Mary Kate on

    The sherbet collection reminds me of my two year old daughter, who can be found during the summer months working alongside me either in the flower field or designing in our shop for a wedding. The tones are soft, yet a prized position because of how uniquely beautiful they are!

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  26. Penmerry on

    i love the soft ones of the Sherbert toned collection…. I can almost taste them!!

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  27. Melissa Masters // Tanglebloom on

    Because the end of a summer day is the most magical time in our flower patches, as the songbirds tuck in and the fireflies come out to play – I would pick the Sunset collection. Happy Solstice!

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  28. abbie fox on

    Today is my bithday! The sunset collection is my favorite. I can’t imagine a better birthday present!!

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  29. Violet Maddox on

    They are all beautiful! but the Sunset Dahlias my favorite!

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  30. Jane Stratton on

    Love the lush colors of the sherbet collection!

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  31. Jillian Arquette on

    Those in the sunset collection have such a wonderful color saturation; they would inspire some serious dreams.

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  32. Greta Jankoviak on

    It’s hard to choose, but I enjoy the sunrise collection! I have Maarn and September Morning and love them both as cut flowers.

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  33. Krystle Mccarthy on

    Any of the dahlias would be lovely to grow and add to our bouquets but I especially like the sherbet collection. Cant wait to review your blogs over the winter for inspiration!

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  34. Angela on

    The sunset is heart popping!

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  35. Jenn Henry on

    Hooray for the Floret online shop! I love the sherbet collection!

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  36. Jane on

    I love the Sunrise collection, but I think they all are spectacular!

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  37. Sierra on

    Love seeing familiar names from the flower group! Sherbet looks delish :)

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  38. Margaret W. on

    I love the sunset collection. Just beautiful!

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  39. Katie on

    Your photos provide such inspiration and joy! I would love to grow the sunset collection in my garden.

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  40. Pressly on

    I love the sherbet tone dahlias! I have always automatically been drawn to bright, bold colors but am beginning to transition towards a deep appreciation of more subtle, beautiful tones like that of the sherbets!

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  41. Holly Dunning on

    I love the sherbet toned Dahlia collection – the corals are my favorite!!

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  42. Maud on

    They are all gorgeous, but I think the Sunset Collection is my favorite.

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  43. Janet on

    These are all so lovely. I think the Sherbet Collection is my favorite.

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  44. Jacqueline Kowalski on

    Sunset. They remind me of the colors of my Caribbean home that I miss so much.

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  45. Andrea Clemens on

    I am loving Floret’s Sherbet toned Dahlia collection. All of the blooms are exquisite. They are definitely my favorite. Happy Holidays!!

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  46. Jennifer Dunlap on

    The Sunrise Collection dahlings, those are the soul moving, eye feasting, heart filling colors that start many east coast days. Dahlias for days dahlings.

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  47. Erica on

    They’re all beautiful sunset is definitely my favorite. It would be an honor to have them in my new garden next summer.

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  48. Linda J. on

    You say sherbet, I say sherbert….no matter how you say it, my favorite is the sherbet collection. The colors are soft but still compliment the more traditional colors of fall.

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  49. Jackie Coldsmith on

    I think the sunsets are my favorite. They are all gorgeous!

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  50. Trisha on

    Dahlias are one of my favorite flowers. The bold tones of the
    Sunset Collection are my favorite. I absolutely love dahlias!!!!!1

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  51. Ann on

    My mom is the biggest flower lover. She has had two hip surgeries his year which kept her out of the garden. She would love these

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  52. Delores on

    I really like the bold colors in the Sunset collection. They would be stunning as the focus of our summer areangments!

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  53. Julie @ Garden Delights on

    I love the sherbet collection–just gorgeous! Thanks for hosting these fun giveaways.

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  54. Jacqui on

    Oh my goodness! Which to choose? If I must…I’d go with the Sunset collection. They are all amazing.

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  55. Julie on

    All the colors are beautiful but if I have to choose, probably the Sunset since it has several different colors. Thanks!

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  56. Shannon K on

    LOVE the Sherbet. I’m three years into my love affair with flowers and finally grew a few dahlias last year: cafe au lait was the star and took my breath away. I’m dreaming now of expanding into a full fledged gardener florist.

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  57. Cynthia Holloway on

    CYNTHIA HOLLOWAY December 21, 2014 at 10:12 pm
    ive grown a lot of flowers in my days but just started growing dahlia here in the southeast two years ago. I must say they have enchanted me. Despite all the effort it takes to grow them in our zone….. I think it’s eternal LOVE. Forever and a day I shall grow them.

    Oops. Forgot to add that the sunset collection is my favorite.

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  58. Jeanne on

    The Sunrise collection, because each dahlia variety in it has that subtle, inner shade that bursts into a warm, bright hue – just like the sunrise bursts warm light and color into the sky on a new day. Perfect choices for this collection!

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  59. Cynthia Holloway on

    ive grown a lot of flowers in my days but just started growing dahlia here in the southeast two years ago. I must say they have enchanted me. Despite all the effort it takes to grow them in our zone….. I think it’s eternal LOVE. Forever and a day I shall grow them.

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  60. Marsha Swezey on

    Sherbet Toned! Third time’s the charm, today is the day I win!! Woohoo! Thank you.

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  61. John Auger on

    It is hard to choose because each collection would work for different clients, but, if I truly go with my personal aesthetic, I would choose the sherbert collection. It has the muted, antique tones that appeal to my eye so very much.

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  62. sarah c on

    The Sherbet collection is beautiful!!

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  63. Marina on

    Sunrise for that dang ginger willow!

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  64. Shelley R on

    They’re all gorgeous and I’d love to have any of them in my garden. If I have to choose, I pick the Sunset collection for their bold colors!

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  65. Barbara on

    They are all so beautiful making it very hard to choose! But I choose Sunset!

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  66. Sarah Ervin on

    oh gosh I love them all but I would have to choose the Sherbert collection!

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  67. mysweetiepiepie on

    I love them all of course but the Floret’s Sherbet Toned Dahlia Collection is my favorite.

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  68. kelly on

    Sunrise, sweet sweet sunrise!!

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  69. Whitney S on

    So inspired by the Farmer Florist movement! Designing with what you grow gives so much more meaning and beauty to Floral Design. Would love to add the Sunset Collection to my little Garden!

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  70. Sarah P on

    I love the sunset collection, and I love your new store!!

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  71. Emily Jackle on

    Ha! I asked that question to myself last night when I visited your shop. Couldn’t decide so went with one of each!

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  72. Cristina on

    The sunset collection and sherbet collections are stunning and magical!!! These flowers are beautiful and I would love to adopt them all!

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  73. carol wild on

    The sherbet collection is absolutely gorgeous!

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  74. Maddy Corey on

    I love the sunset collection! Merry Christmas!!

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  75. Stephanie on

    The sunset would be fun to have to start my first Dahlia attempt in the spring. Love them all!

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  76. Tonya on

    The sunset is totally my jam.

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  77. Mary Jo on

    I would choose Sunrise to add to my growing collection, which is heavier on the jewel tones.

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  78. Elissa on

    So hard to choose a favorite….all three of the collections are delicious!
    My very favorite is Floret’s Sunset Dahlia Collection. What a joy and delight it would be to add these breathtaking treasures to my garden!!

    Happy Holidays and a joyous New Year to all!!

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  79. Jane Smith on

    I guess if i had to choose, it’d be the Sunset collection. My niece is getting married next August and wants bold, beautiful flowers. I think these fit the bill. Getting ready to order!

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  80. Kate on

    The Sunrise collection is my fave. Thank you for making these available to the public!!

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  81. Mandy on

    I love all the dahlia colors! My favorite would be the Sunset Collection… I just love the color tones! It’s so great that you are offering these giveaways in celebration of your shop! Congrats!

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  82. Linda Q on

    These past few days have been so much fun-just like the 12 days of Christmas-but even better! I love reading what everyone has to say so I keep checking back to read the new responses from all of you ‘kindred spirits’. So hard to choose as they are all so beautiful…I have read from others that the bright Sunset colors would be better to sell at farmers markets but I am just loving the sherbets!

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  83. Loren V. on

    Love the bold colors in the Sunset collection!

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  84. Cindy K on

    The sherbet toned collection looks lively & lovely to me!

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  85. Karen on

    These collections are great – love them all! Having to choose I’ll say sherbets; maybe it’s the foodie in me. I’ll add that Crichton’s Honey is really a little gem – the first one each summer always gives me a special thrill for things to come.

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  86. Rebeccapbarnett on

    The Sherbet collection is fantastic!! But so are all of the other ones :)

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  87. Erin Walsh on

    The sunset dahlia collection! Although they are all magnificent, id be happy with any! Erin you are such a giver/inspiration… truly xo

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  88. kim on

    Although I cannot enter I love the sunrise collection, and your work, and your blog etc..etc..

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  89. Kathleen Murphy on

    The Sherbet collection!!!! On those scorching late summer days, these would be even better than a bowl of the real thing!!!

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  90. KaCee Shepherd on

    Beautiful! My favorite flowers. I LOVE the Sunrise collection!

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  91. Carolyn Camp on

    I love the sherbet collecton but would gladly accept any of them. I have a newly dug garden ready for them this spring. Pick me! pick me!!

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  92. Jillian McFadyen on

    Every single dahlia brings such a heart thumping rush of joy it’s unbelievable. This past summer I had my first opportunity of experiencing “field to vase” floral design.Harvesting from a small dahlia patch we had at a wedding venue I worked at. Watching them grow from April through September was pretty much a life altering moment. The sunrise collection are head turners. The two toned beauties will grab anyone’s attention as I persue growing for market.

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  93. Tracey Parriman on

    They are all true beauties! I am particularly drawn to the sherbert!

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  94. LeeAnn on

    The Sherbet collection is my favorite. But all of them are stunning.

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  95. Madison aidukaitis on

    I am utterly obsessed with the sunset collection. Those colors are magnificent and so happy! I would absolutley love to win this!!!

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  96. Leon Carrier on

    Sherbert , I would share them with my east coast flower growers

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  97. Carolyn on

    All of your collections are beautiful though the sherbert tone dahlias are stunning and my favorite!

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  98. chantal on

    I think the Sunset collection is lovely!

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  99. kriszn on

    I am grabbing the sherbert collection today — but I love the Sunrise just as much!! Would love to add it to my collection as well.

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  100. Linda Hayes on

    hard to decide, but I think I love the Sunset collection the best!

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  101. Jackie on

    That is a hard task, choosing a favorite…but If I must, I would choose the last one, the sherbet.
    Lindo! Lindo ! Lindo!!!!

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  102. Julie on

    You’ve given us a very hard choice…but I think Sunset is my favorite.

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  103. Nicolette A on

    Your sherbert toned collection would be a perfect reminder of peaceful days traveling through the Columbia River Gorge and meeting farmers who share your love of dahlias. Your posts always bring back sweet memories of simple times walking through flower fields with my partner. We would love to start our own dahlia heaven.

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  104. Julia on

    Sherbet for me I think. They remind me of the dahlias I carried in my wedding bouquet! All of the collections are gorgeous!

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  105. Michelle W on

    Definitely the Sherbet! Love those peaches and pinks.

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  106. heather on

    The sunset is amazing! Would love these in my garden.

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  107. Anna on

    I love the Sunrise collection!

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  108. Mara on

    I love them all but the Sunset is my favorite. Those colors!

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  109. Ashley on

    Sherbert! That September morning is beautiful! Especially since that’s the month of my wedding! That color pallet is so inspiring to me. Thanks for all you do! -A

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  110. Rose Martinson on

    I sit, noticing the huge snowflakes falling softly outside my window. Cup of fresh lemon,Ginger and a dollop of Agava. The kettle is whistling,… I pour as the steam of Ginger and lemon fill my lungs…. The colors., swirl as they dance upon my spoon….The answer was within the cup,.. SUNRISE. You so inspire me….. Thank you

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  111. Meagan Claire on

    Sunset is my favorite. Love those rich colors!

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  112. Paula on

    *favortie time of day :)

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  113. Paula on

    Sunrise is my favorite one of day. And my favorite dahlia.

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  114. sonrie on

    Sunset is just so vibrant and full of color – I would just gaze at them all day.

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  115. Kristen on

    I can’t decide between Sunrise and Sherbet! All so gorgeous. Crichton Honey was my absolute fave at the Swan Island Dahlia festival this summer…

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  116. Laura B on

    Erin, You have truly been an inspiration to me as I dream on and on…Your workshops sound so intriguing and exciting and fun! Your bouquets are works of art…I can’t imagine picking a favorite Dahlia collection but since I love looking at sunsets, well I guess that would be it :) Continued blessings to you…

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  117. Belles Flower Co on

    Wow. That’s tough to choose a favorite but I will pick the Sunset Collection. They are all so beautiful.

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  118. Nary on

    I love the Sunrise Dahlia Collection! Such gorgeous colors!

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  119. Martha Stetak on

    i have to admit I was not a big dahlia fan until seeing your photos on FB, many of which I have copied and sent as well wishes!!!! Any collection will do! They will be my first! Thank you for all your floral beauty!!

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  120. Alyssa Rainville on

    So lovely! I think my favorite set of dahlias is the Sherbert Toned collection. I am more and more inspired to grow flowers for the shop that I work at, and I think the gals at work would just fall over with happiness if we got to use blooms that I grew. That, and the soft, romantic coloring of the Crichton Honey!

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  121. Stefanie H on

    Love, Love, LoVe DahLias!!! Such beauties! [{SHERBET}]

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  122. Sharika kim on

    These are all spectacular! I find myself drawn to the beautiful coral and salmons in the Sherbets. They would be such a lovely addition to my little garden

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  123. Beth Anderson on

    How beautiful!!! It would be a dream to see these in my garden!! Wow!

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  124. Linda Martin on

    It has to be Sherbet…..they would be beautiful with the Cafe Au lait I’m certain Santa will be bringing!!!

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  125. Amanda Dotson on

    The sunet collection is gorgeous…though I love all dahlias!

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  126. Holly Godek on

    The sunrise collection Rocks! I would love to go visit them at sunrise in my garden

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  127. caroline radice on

    Stunning. I think the sunset collection is my favorite.

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  128. Dani on

    Seriously. How do you pick a favorite? I literally cannot do it. I’ll scroll up the page and pick the first one I land on…. Sunset.

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  129. erin on

    i love them all — sherbet would be my first choice.

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  130. Emily W on

    They’re all gorgeous, so I’ll close my eyes and pick Sunset!

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  131. flora brown on

    My eyes keep going back to the Sherbet collection so I guess it’s my favorite!

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  132. Karla on

    Sunset! Beautiful! Lovely!

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  133. Kirsten on

    Love the brights of Sunset! These would be planted in our Biodynamic school farm garden to compliment the yellow Sunflower and Calendula, and the deep magenta of the Amaranth that will border the whole farm. (The teacher’s will love the fresh cut goodness too, come the new school year.)

    I welcome you to take a peak at our farmyard. http://www.facebook.com/mscsfarm

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  134. Linda L.Loy on

    Here in North Carolina the dahlias you offer would bloom almost the whole year. Imagine a floral bouquet in November, December with these lovelies. Any collection you highlight would warm anyone’s heart. Merry Merry Christmas and congratulations on your Flower Award. Linda

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  135. Erin McMullen on

    So unfair to have to choose! I love the sunrise and the sunset both! But the sherbet are the winner in my eyes :)

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  136. Robert Wallace on

    I am one of the few guys on here. Guys like flowers too….. just saying! I would be honored to grow any of these beauties.

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  137. Kathy on

    I love the dahlias. I think the sunrise give the Cafe au lait collection a run for the money. Have a beautiful holiday, Erin, thanks, kathy

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  138. Karen on

    The Sunset collection excites me! Thank you

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  139. Marlys on

    I love the sherbet collection!

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  140. Heather on

    They are all so Beautiful I don’t know how to choose! If I won, I think a Surprise would be the way to go!! :)

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  141. Sunday on

    Oh the sherbet! Peachy pinks and more peachy pinks please.

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  142. Shannon on

    It’s difficult to choose, but I think the Sunset palette is my favorite. I’d love to have a garden full of these this fall.

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  143. Willow Hein on

    I love everything you do Erin! You are such an inspiration for a beginning flower farmer like myself! I love the sherbet toned collection.

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  144. Maggie Smith on

    They are all stunning! The Sunrise collection is particularly inspiring since I work so often with pinks and blushes, and would love to incorporate more golds and brighter colors into my work. It would be an honor to plant some of your dahlias in my fledgling flower farm!

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