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May 20th 2015

Special Dahlia Giveaway

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shopsherbet1A few weeks ago, we finalized the first massive shipment of dahlia tubers from the Floret Shop. It was all hands on deck to divide, label, wrap and ship out the hundreds of boxes filled with “future flowers.” It was a big effort, but it warms my heart to know that so many dahlias from our little flower farm  will have new homes in gardens and flower fields across the country.

Now that we’ve tucked all 4,000 of our dahlia tubers into our fields for the season, we’re left with a small mountain of extra tubers that I’d love to share with a few flower nuts.  I’ve got 10 boxes with a collection of five of my very most favorite varieties ready to go in the mail.

shopdahlia2If you want a chance to win one of these collections, simply add a comment below. In your comment, I’d love to know your level of dahlia love.  Which of the following best describes you?  A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening; B) A green thumb gardener or novice flower farmer  C) Been around the block flower farmer or master gardener;  D)  A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem; or E) fill in the blank with your own creative description of your dahlia love.

Note: I’m ready to send these suckers out, so I’m only keeping this little giveaway open for the next 24 hours.  I’ll draw 10 names at the end of the day tomorrow and get them sent out right away.  Also, the dahlia tubers can only be shipped to U.S. addresses.

OK TIME’S UP!  HERE ARE THE LUCKY WINNERS:

Melissa

Drea @ Morning Glory Acres

Erin Stewart

Julie Jo

Margaret Norman

Abby Juanita Rodriguez

Liisa

Deborah

Irene

Brooke

We’ll contact you via email to get your mailing address and send these out!

Thanks everyone for your entries (I think we set a new record!).   I really enjoyed reading your posts and love knowing there are so many fellow dahlia fanatics out there!

425 Comments

  1. Debra Fuller on

    I’m retiring from the busy corporate world! I have over 5 acres. 2 acres are now dedicated for planting beauty in my life! My Dad raised us on fresh vegetables from his garden and it was wonderful! I’m a flower beginner and would love to be one with the earth and let it’s growing power work for me as a payoff for my 46 years of career. The idea of waking each morning to the beauty of flowers outside my windows calling me to join them is a joyous wish! Giving them all the love I have for the ultimate beauty payoff ! Sharing that beautiful landscape with my neighbors is the goal as well. Wish me luck! P.S. Your show awakened my soul!❤️

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  2. Siri on

    I am total plant geek. I spend a few minutes every day just looking at my plants and flowers and it gets my stress out. I never grew dahlias before until last year and I fell totally in love with them. I have about 6 which I am not sure if they will come back this year since I left them in the ground. I am madly in love with them . If you happen to have some tubers you would like to share, please let me know.

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  3. Joe on

    Pretty! This has been an extremely wonderful post.

    Thank you for supplying this information.

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  4. Colleen Cowin on

    Is it possible to purchase a tuber or two? I’ve been a backyard Gardner since I was a small child and have about ten dahlia plants. I live in the Fresno CA area but seem to have success. If not possible to purchase could u give me a site where I could order a couple. No one around here seems to sell tubers only a growing plant from such as lowes thanks for your help. Just discovered your site fr a magazine story – you r SOO very talented and lucky to have this opportunity. CC

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  5. Jenny Rae on

    Oh my gosh, this comment list is so long! I HUNTED and SCOURED the earth for some of your favorite varieties, very very excited to be able to plant a few! I would cherish being able to plant a few more, and grow them for years to come! They would go to a good home, I promise! :)

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  6. amanda on

    Oh my! I covet dahlias!
    I’ve grown flowers all along, but this year I am really upping my cut flower game and you are inspirational!
    I also love growing my edibles and I think I live for gardening, which is hard living in New England.
    I’ve got some dahlias in the garden that have yet to poke up but I could have MORE, and love the colors you have.
    You are amazing!
    xo
    amanda

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  7. ginnier on

    I love flowers….probably still in the A or B category….thank you for a chance to win some of your beauties. I’m in central Illinois and it was 47 this morn!

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  8. Stacy on

    I’m somewhere between B and C. I’ve been around the block, but took a long hiatus. Now, I’m starting up again with Piccalillli. Doing farmer’s markets, with some weddings. Love your color sense… Dahlias are the bomb.

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  9. VillageKid on

    Oh let’s see, I am figuring I have been vacillating between a C&D for some time, mostly constrained by space and dollars. Now the space is not an issue BUT a unfriendly environment, which I am quickly learning to master!

    As our season is just getting warm enough for items to start flowering in earnest….thanks for the great burst of beauty to keep me going.

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  10. Dale on

    I’m E – which is somewhere between A and B. A way better florist than farmer, but working at it, getting better and learning with each new failure and success, trial and error. Having a blast with expanding the dahlia collection, thanks to all your great advice. Would love a shot at a few of your faves, which make me weak in the knees just seeing the pictures!

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  11. Chas on

    D. A total plant geek! I love gardening, yet this is my first year growing dahlias. I planted 14 varieties & they are just starting to emerge from the ground. I can hardly wait! My grandmother is in her 70’s and has close to 75 varieties my mother, two sisters & myself just helped her plant her dahlia field?. I can’t believe I am just trying them for the first time – I am officially hooked!

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  12. Joan Conway on

    I ‘ve been an organic flower farmer for 12 years and an avid flower gardener for many, many years and there’s still so much more I’ve yet to learn! Love your blog and admire what you are doing.

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  13. gina thresher on

    I’m a florist with a plant addiction…beginning on a plant collection! I bought a home 2 years ago and am slowly (quickly and the huband will notice my encroachments) creating beds. The veggies on the side yard. A full sun area for tomatoes and peppers. And starting to create a cutting garden this year with flowers!

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  14. Caitlin | Our Natural Heritage on

    Hello! Thank you for this lovely giveaway! I can be described as A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening/ A virginal dahlia grower!

    Thank you again and have a wonderful season!

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  15. Megan and Jonathan Leiss on

    We are definitely in the novice flower farmer category, and we really want to get into dahlias in a big way. Our main business is to local florists so we see dahlias and other crops that don’t ship or store well as a great area to get in to.

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  16. Mandy O on

    Let’s just say I’m a long time flower lover, first time farmer. Dahlias are my favorites for sure, kinda like how the volume dial goes to 11 in Spinal Tap, that’s my love for the Dahlias. Thanks for sharing the love

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  17. Lynn on

    A 3 yr new grower/designer, totally in love with Dahlias, whose order was cancelled this year, due to the vendor’s health issues, leaving me Dahlia-less.

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  18. Tina Fottler Sawtelle on

    I have to choose E to tell you my beautiful inside and out first born daughter is Dahlia. Though the root of her name is the Norwegian Dahl, on her Dad’s side, finessing the root to Dahlia was a natural for this small flower farmer as part of a diversified farm all the way across the country in NH.

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  19. Emilia on

    I would describe myself as B or C. I definitely have green thumb and have variety of flowers for every season and vegetables as well. Few weeks ago I added 6 more dahlia varieties to my garden. Not to mention all the extra flowers I obtained during the weekend:))) Dahlia is probably one of my most favorite flower. I would love to try your varieties.

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  20. Erin Ellis on

    I would say I am D) A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem. Thank you for the wonderful giveaway.
    Erin
    ErinLoves2Run at gmail dot com

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  21. Sharon on

    I am definitely D) A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem!

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  22. Steph W. on

    I am a B. I started with flowers at the age of 16 and I am 36 now. I lost my mother this past year and my father is gone as well. This has made me really take a look at my life and where I want to be. I am in the medical field but my heart has always been with the dirt…land….animals. With money from my mother we have purchased some land (7 acres) that I can hopefully open my green wings and let it fly. I currently have 7 dahlia varieties in the ground. My plan is to start selling flowers, honey, and beeswax candles at a local farmers market.

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  23. Tracey on

    My love of dahlias started in 2011 when I did a google search for the types of flowers I could grow for my July wedding. From this point forward I fell completely in love with dahlias and to my surprise, my husband did too! Although it was not easy growing our own wedding flowers in Cincinnati while finishing school in Columbus, it was a great learning experience. I am now on the road to becoming a full-time flower farmer!! I think I am a combination of B and D! I am pretty new to flower farming, but a complete plant geek who teaches Extension Master Gardener classes. I am so looking forward to the journey ahead and would love to expand my dahlia collection with some of your favorites, Erin! You are great inspiration to me and so many other flower farmers and backyard gardeners alike!!

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  24. Terry Turner on

    I am soooo a D! I love all flowers and dahlias are one of my favorites!

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  25. Sarah H. on

    I definitely fall in the D) category as a professional orchid grower at a public garden in Washington, DC. Growing up, my father always planted dahlias in our cut flower garden. This season, I am dedicating a quarter of my community garden plot to cut flowers including dahlias and would love to try some of your blooms!

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  26. Jessica N. on

    I have been a vegetable gardener and landscaper around my house for years, but this is the first year I am trying to grow flowers on any type of larger scale and first year for dahlias so I am an A in that field. For it being my first year I have quite a few already, but would be wonderful to have more to tuck in! You are so kind to do so many giveaways!

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  27. Loretta Ball on

    I am a mix of newbie flower farmer/plant & seed geek & just plain ole love flowers! This year we are growing our first you-pick cut flower farm at our greenhouse, Craggy View Farm In the Blue Ridge Mtns. Of western NC. I would love to have a little bit of your farm planted her in the mountains for all our customers to enjoy!

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  28. Liz on

    I’m a newbie (A/B), utterly in love with these dahlias.

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  29. Nichole on

    I would say I am an A. I am not new to gardening as it is one of my favorite things to do, however, I am new to growing Dahlias. They are absolutely beautiful and one of my most favorite flowers. I found you through Instagram and quite a while ago and have been so inspired! Keep up the hard work!

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  30. Lara L. on

    You are living my DREAM! I’m a total flower nut gardener/arranger on the brink of doing something bigger. We just tore out a large portion of our lawn to indulge my flower obsession. A long row of Floret sweet peas is growing like CRAZY and some Floret dahlias would be marvelous in the mix. I really appreciate you sharing your passion and knowledge so others can be inspired as well!

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  31. kate swift on

    C and D. If you love them, they’ve gotta be fabulous!

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  32. Carla S on

    I’m a novice flower farmer, but my collection is out of control. Beautiful flowers in the picture!

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  33. Vanessa Read on

    “B) A green thumb gardener or novice flower farmer” is definitely me! Dahlias are my favourite flower because of the constant blooms that are great for cutting all summer. All dahlias are beautiful wether they are the little Pom Poms or dinner plates. I have planted my dahlias for this year which are already starting to come out and I check on them everyday to see if any new ones are coming out. Would love to have some more to add to my collection I have been adding to since I started growing dahlias 4 years ago! Take care and hope the dahlias for a wonderful, warm and caring home:)

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  34. Betsy on

    Hey there. So, I’m an ‘A’. We bought a house last spring with a blank slate of a backyard, and my husband told me I should claim some space for a cutting garden (how great is he?). The patch is nearly ready now, and I’m psyched about the potential, but also overwhelmed to have to choose what will and won’t go in it. Was thinking that having your favs might set me down the road to finding my own, and might help me start that flower collection problem that I’ve always wanted. Ha! Thanks for the chance!

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  35. Laurie Garza (Fleurie) on

    I am a total D, I have grown flowers and plants all my life and am now becoming even more focused on using every inch of my garden, growing foliages and flowers for my floral design business. I have always admired your lovely assortment of dahlias, and would treasure them!

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  36. Sally on

    I have a passion for plants and grow them for a living. I would love to try dahlias again after years of depriving myself of their beauty.

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  37. Stacie Hardy on

    I am definitely a flower geek! I asked for my own rose bush as a birthday present when I was 8 yrs old! I am a floral designer that specializes in weddings. I love designing flowers for special events because it gives me the ability to be super creative and design something unique for each client. I do the happy dance every time I see new, unique, and fabulous flowers! I love growing flowers, herbs, and veggies in my yard. This way I can experiment with new varieties and colors. It also provides me with with a diverse cutting garden for our events. I would LLLOOOOVVEEE to win some of your Dahlias to add to my garden. I will do the Flower Happy Dance for days! ???

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  38. Karen McKenzie on

    Between A) and B). Pretty new in so many ways but have a green thumb….Thanks for being continuously generous….

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  39. Misty on

    Wow- You are so generous! How exciting to have a (slight) chance to win some of your favorite dahalia tubers!!!!! First, let me say that I LOVE all the gorgeous flower inspiration you post on insta and second, I would say dahlias are among my very favorite flower. They remind me of my Grannie who always had a beautiful garden bursting with vibrant dahlia perfection. I’m a bit of a novice (in fact, I lost ALL my tubers last year. :( The extra sad part is that they happened to come from my Grannies garden which is now only a memory. Here’s to hoping I have better luck this year with the few new beauties I’ve tenderly placed in the ground.

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  40. Julio on

    Im TOTALLY a B.5, Ive tried a few things! :) I planted Dahlias last year at our old house and I absolutely loved it! Even with poor sunlight they still did Ok! THe Cafes were great! When we moved, I dug all the bulbs out because I knew theyd die (zone 4) and packed them,, and labeled them… when the time came to plant at our new place, guess if I know where they went?! Ive looked and looked and they got lost somewhere in translation and it kills me EVERY TIME I think about it! :( Would love to have a season of dahlias again! Our full sun spot awaits! Love from Montana!

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  41. Kristen on

    I’d say I’m a novice…most of my flowers are doing okay. Haven’t had dahlias for a long time! Gorgeous!

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  42. Kerri Boland on

    Somewhere between a C and a D… my partner and I run an organic veggie farm, and we started to dabble at flowers 2 years ago. This year we’ve probably got 8 50-foot beds devoted to flowers, 2 of which are planted in dahlias. It would be lovely to add in a few more!

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  43. Sharon Kelley on

    I’ve become a flower geek. I’m still learning about all kinds of new a great flowers to grow next season.

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  44. Kathy on

    A novice, because i am trying to grow the flowers and veggies that I love in the Low Desert of Arizona. This is a whole new ball game for me. I collect your pictures and dream about your flowers. Someday I would love to visit, even to just stand on the road and look in. Keep up the good work.

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  45. Caroline Radice on

    I’ve been around the block with some flowers, but not dahlias, so… B? B and 1/2? C-?

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  46. Jena Kim on

    I would describe myself as an “A”! I have always loved flowers, but these past couple years, I’ve been studying them with my 5 year old daughter, Evie, for homeschool!! She’s in Kindergarden and I call her my Bébé florist because she can name a flower for every letter in the alphabet!! I love looking at flowers and walking through botanical gardens with her. She’s always picking wild flowers everywhere we go, making mommy and daddy adorable little bouquets! It’s her birthday on May 30th and it would be oh so so wonderful to have dahlias… I actually had “Dahlia” on my list of baby names along with “Rose,” but my daughter really wanted to name her sister Emaline, who is about 2 months old :) I came across your website today after looking through a Living magazine at the dentist while in the waiting room. I’m sooo happy I picked it up and went to your website… your family is truly an inspiration and makes me want to get into floral arranging!!! xx jena

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  47. Elizabeth Spencer on

    I would have to say I am a combo of B and D. I am growing this year with the intention of selling instead of just giving everything away! Although I am super excited to set out “Lonely Bouquets” in my community that need to be adopted! Sadly, my Cafe Au Lait tubers have rotted in all of the rain we received over the past month. So, I do have some openings in the dahlia bed!

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  48. Cindy A. on

    Thank you so much for offering such a lovely and generous giveaway. I am definitely a new kid on the block just getting into gardening.

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  49. Lisa on

    I have a green thumb and have gardened for years, but am just beginning to tap into a love of growing flowers. Dahlias are so stunning!

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  50. Jenny on

    I think I may fall into both the “A” and “D” categories. My thumb may not by any means be green, or any shade thereof, but anytime I’ve tried gardening in hopes of growing a veggie or two to munch on, I end up with flats of flowers, and seedlings for sprouting petals and plants of all varieties. Something is to be said for the beauty of flowers that can’t really be found anywhere else. Keep growing and inspiring all of us!

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  51. Linda on

    I planted dahlias last year and I am hooked! They are floral sculpture for the garden. It is amazing that such beauty can come from brown, wrinkly tubers!

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  52. Ali on

    d for sure. Had great luck with dahlias last year. Easy crop if you ask me. Trying to up my flower game for chicago! We need more pretties ?

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  53. Nikki Luehm on

    So beautiful! Love the color palette. I am both C and D – with a serious flower and plant addiction especially when it comes to dahlias.

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  54. Eve on

    I’m totally an in-denial-pretend-to-garden-design D. Try as I might to have discipline in plant choices in my small space (loved your earlier post on small spaces!), I want to try them all. Thanks for all the info you offer here–I truly admire you!

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  55. Linda on

    After growing dahlias last year, I am hooked! They are floral sculpture for the garden. It is amazing that a brown, wrinkly tuber can turn into something so beautiful to behold.

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  56. flora brown on

    Somewhere between B and D so something like a C. I would love to try out some of your fav dahlias (especially since half of my large shipment of dahlias has still not arrived and I don’t know when it will). So glad I have some hoophouse space for them this season!

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    • Ethan and Patty on

      We are A’s. Serendipity caused me to read the article about you in Martha Stewart. More serendipity drove me thru the Skagit Valley on the way to Lummi Island from Portland. Your blog photos caused me to engage my 19 year old son in a flower farm adventure on a tiny maybe 10×30 foot plot in our new home.

  57. Cheri on

    Hi Erin :) Imma complete flower farmer novice on a new journey in my life this year but I’ve also got a good mix of the flower geek in me too! I come from a long line of passionate flower family members – grandpas and grandmas and aunts and mums and cousins too who have learned how to share their passion or flowers with others – so I’m taking a little bit of all of them into this new adventure with me! You have been a huge inspiration to me through your blog and the tips you share! I look forward to meeting you someday soon!

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  58. Ryan G on

    E) Longtime Gardener, newly obsessed cut flower grower seeking more and more and more flower varieties to fall madly in love with.

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  59. Meg on

    I’m a full fledged flower nut, with a horticulture degree but just getting my feet wet working and playing with flowers and plants. Ibought my first dahlia tuber this spring, you inspired me to try them! Thanks for continuing to give me hope someday I will get to be a flower farmer, even if it is just in my tiny backyard!

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  60. Piper on

    I am an A! This is my first year with flowers. Your blog is super inspiring!!!

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  61. Briana on

    Hi Erin! I am a “B” with a side of “E” – travelled to India for a friend’s wedding and returned totally obsessed with dahlias! MANY of my photos from my trip are of big, fluffy, beautiful dahlias. I am trying my hand at growing a few this summer on my farm in NJ so I chose the Thomas Edison varietal. Thanks for all you do!

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  62. Jacquie Marques on

    I would have to say I am “B” B) A green thumb gardener. I used to have the most gorgeous garden and then “life” took over. I decided to take back my life and just took out the lawn (yes I am in California, so everyone thinks I am going to add a drought tolerant garden…. but I am putting everything on drip and starting my flower garden again….. while hoping for an El Nino winter!) Dahlias are one of my go to flowers!!!

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  63. Judy Carson on

    I am a d and it grows bigger year. I am a compulsive flower of all kinds lover.
    Please send a few Dahlias to the east coast.

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    • Judy Carson on

      Just love all Dahlias and my collection must grow. Please send more dahlias as I am a d.

  64. Lindsay on

    Dahlias were my Papa’s favorite flower, so it’s in my blood to love them, and they remind me of an amazing man. I’m going with E) I grew up in the garden, flowers have always been part of my world, but this is my first year as a “flower farmer”, I’m so excited for this new adventure and would love to add some of these beauties to my fields!

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  65. abby Gaddis on

    Oh those dahlias are a lot of work in the fall but so worth it!

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  66. amy priestley on

    I’m a 4th year flower farmer in the Flower City (Rochester, NY) specializing in dahlias, in fact, I already have dahlias blooming! Ha! Freakin love it!!! I’m also a fellow ASCFG member, a professional gardener, a landscape designer, a cattle rancher, and a hops farmer. I’m currently growing over 2 dozen varieties of dahlias but I desperately need pink and yellow! And I know you have them! I’m an active member of the Dahlia Society and I’m totally IN LOVE with dahlias! There are a gazillion other posts, but I just came in from the field after another 13 hour day, and I would just looooove to be rewarded for all my hard work! Many thanks for the constant inspiration and for bringing local flowers to the general public via your media stardom ;-) Lots of Love, from Labor of Love Flower Farm !

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  67. Melissa on

    Green thumb gardener who has laid her first landscape fabric and dripline! I am in love with dahlias and your blog.

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  68. Jennifer on

    I’m a solid B, on my way to becoming a serious D. I grew up on a small flower farm in North Carolina and now that I’ve decided to stay in one place after a decade of wandering the globe, I’m enjoying having my own patch of dirt and an ever expanding flower garden.

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  69. Marlene on

    I am an “a’ and just have a passion for flowers. I might have a chance at this but even if I do not, I enjoy all the dialogue and am learning so much, thanks for the opportunity! M

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  70. Kelly on

    Definitely a B, with a touch of D. These are lovely dahlias! Thank you for your generous giveaway, and for sharing so much…it’s inspiring.

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  71. Jeanni on

    D) I just love them all.

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  72. Vicki virts on

    I only have a small number of dahlias but love them and would like to expand!

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  73. Shelley on

    C & D & E–a greenhouse grower of lots of pretty potted flowers.

    Love dahlias! I’ve tried a few new varieties this year, my favorite so far is Black Beauty–a dark, almost black dahlia. There are so many beautiful types!

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  74. Elizabeth on

    I am an A – just made the move from apartment to house a month ago, and have been enjoying getting my yard ready for growing. Dahlias are my favorite flower, and I’m hoping to grow as many of my own flowers for my wedding as possible, which is Sept. 2016. This summer I’m planning to do a test run, practice and hone my gardening skills. These tubers would mean so much to me, to help me realize my gardening capabilities and achieve my wedding goals.

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  75. Andrea on

    B) daughter of Idaho potato farmer growing a veggie garden in Illinois and just getting into growing my own cutting garden! Grew dahlias last summer and loved them. I’ve planted a few more this spring. :) Would absolutely love some from your farm. I’m a new fan. ;) Thanks for your blog!

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  76. Richard Ottley on

    I am an “A” with my first bunch of flowers in the ground (Peonies, Bach Buttons, Phlox, Sunflowers, Sweet Peas, zinnias and many more. Your guides are awesome. If I win the dahlias I will have to buy that guide too. I live in Utah.

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  77. Kate Tice on

    I’m that girl who’s heart melts at the sight of flowers. I joked this week that my current retail therapy has been buying plants. I love the personalities they seem to portray and how they utterly can turn anyone’s day around, so a majority of what I grow is gifted out to others. What is more joy that than?! I would give the tubers a great home in Pa. I’ve already have the spots picked out for them!

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  78. Lisa Morse on

    O For a garden of the olden time
    Where none but long-familiar flowers grow,
    Where pebbled paths go winding to and fro,
    And honeysuckles over arbors climb!
    There would I have sweet mignonette and thyme,
    With hollyhocks and dahlias all arow,
    The hyacinth inscribed with words of woe,
    The small blue-bell that beats a dainty chime
    For elfin ears; and daffodillies, too,
    The sleepy poppy, and the marigold,
    The peony with petals manifold,
    And ragged-robins, pink and white and blue.
    All these and more I’d have, and back of all
    A thousand roses on a mossy wall!

    MPoetry from John Russell

    I love flowers. Dahlias were created from Heavenly Father to please and intrigue. Each little cone perfectly formed!

    Thanks for inspiring me with beauty each and every day on Instagram and on your blog.
    PS I’m am a) just beginning my journey of gardener.

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  79. Carolyn on

    Most certainly a B – just getting started with my flower farm. Willow & Mabel Garden Co. – named after my goats! Baby steps towards my dream but I’ve already been asked to provided flowers for a wedding, baby shower and graduation this summer – panic!! Breath – I can do this! I have planted 195 tubers in the past week but more are always welcome as I LOVE dahlias. Thank you as always for spreading your love & inspiration.

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  80. Theresa on

    If I’m honest, I’m a B…. but my in my heart and my wishful thinking, I’m a D :) The joy that flowers and time in the garden bring me is really beyond measure!! ?

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  81. Bibi S on

    Thank-you for all your kind giveaways!! Love all the ideas you give and recommendations!!! This year will be our first cut flower gardening for Farmer’s Markets. We have never worked with Dahlias before and are looking forward to trying different varieties. I am a passionate gardener and love to grow all sorts of new things.

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  82. Deborah on

    D all the way! One of my good friends is trying some subtle interventions. But you can never have too many flowers! What luxury it is to be surrounded by all that beauty.

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    • Deborah on

      I won! Thank you so much for your generous giveaways. I am so happy!

  83. may on

    I’m an A however, last year I planted over 400 dahlia tubers so, some people might be surprised at that!

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  84. Drea @ Morning Glory Acres on

    I am several of those! :) Newish flower farmer who has grown dahlias in the garden for years, but growing them on a professional level for the first time this year! Totally can’t describe my love for them in words!!

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  85. Farrah on

    You have the best give-aways! B) Novice flower farmer, but scared to try dahlias. Worried about trying to over-winter them without killing them!

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  86. Christa Mannisto on

    I would say I am a B hoping to grow into a D! I am a mommy just now looking at my once vibrant yard seeing where I need to get to work after slacking for a few years. Babies will do that you know! I am ready to dig in the dirt with my 2 boys and grow something beautiful! I love nurturing a plant into something beautiful! I have a perfect spot for these tubers and they would be much loved and appreciated by my boys and I!

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  87. Jacqui on

    I’m a B. But my love for flowers is level 10. A kickstarter box of dahlias would just make my day! Thanks.

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  88. Sharie Yeager on

    e) a lover of gardening, especially flowers. I grow to share! I have a full time job in sales but I share all I grow with clients. I save up used jam jars and Salsa jars all winter and am always amazed mid-summer when I have no more jars but ton of flowers left to share!! I used to grow 30 feet of sweet peas behind my garage. But picking became an hour long daily process in the spring! And powdery mildew became such an issue… And would spread to my veggie garden! I now grow only 10 feet of sweet peas, but 30 feet of freesias, and dahlias are a favorite. I started with 3 in the veggie garden between beds and was amazed at their vigor! Blooms and blooms… I love anything that gives you more the more you cut. So amazing. Now I have about 7 different varieties (and have given away many pieces if tubers to those who have expressed interest in growing their own).i would love to add more!! Know that your flowers would be shared of I was given the opportunity to grow them!! :)
    I read about you in living and you are living my dream!! I have a mini farm in my backyard… 6 chickens, 3 dogs, big veggie garden and if course my flowers!! Love your Instagram feed too!!

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  89. Kelly G. on

    A novice flower farmer who loves dahlias from the bottom of my heart!

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  90. Sharie Yeager on

    e) a lover if gardening, especially flowers. I grow to share! I have a full time job in sales but I share all I grow with clients. I save up used jam jars and Sansa jars all winter and am always amazed mid summer when I have no more jars to fill but ton of flowers!! I used to grow 30 feet of sweet peas behind my garage. But picking became an hour long process in the spring! And powdery mildew became such an issue… And would spread to my veggie garden! I now grow only 10 feet of sweet peas, but 30 feet of freesias, and dahlias are a newer obsession. I started with 3 in the veggie garden between beds and was amazed at their vigor! Blooms and blooms… So amazing. Now I have about 7 different varieties (and have given away many pieces if tubers to those who have expressed interest in growing their own).i would love to add more!! Know that your flowers would be shared of I was given the opportunity to grow them!! :)
    I read about you in living and you are living my dream!! I have a mini farm in my backyard… 6 chickens, 3 dogs, big veggie garden and if course my flowers!! Love your Instagram feed too!!

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  91. Katie Smaglinski on

    I guess I would settle into B… but am completely obsessed with adding things to the garden and field, and quite frankly realized I should have ordered more dahlias. I would LOVE to add your favs to what I have :)

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  92. Rene on

    I’m definitely a B with a heaping dose of D in there! Thanks for the chance!

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  93. Jessica W. on

    I’d say I’m a B! I worked for a flower farmer in high school and college and as a grocery store floral designer for a year and a half as a newly wed. I LOVE to arrange with dahlias!!! I wanted them in my wedding flowers but couldn’t afford them. I’ve never grown them but my dream is to be a flower farmer and this year I’m getting my feet wet and throwing all the seeds I have and any plants I can aquire into a little patch in our yard. Love your blog!!

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  94. Clara on

    I’d say I’ve been around the block a couple of times but not nearly enough. I used to dislike dahlias and then one day it hit me, they are magical! Now I want to share my love for them through bouquet making.

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  95. Lexie Madsen on

    A with a biiiiit of B. I absolutely adore Dahlias. Their symmetry is stunning, and they are such a pleasure to observe. :)

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  96. Maisie on

    I’d say i’m halfway between B) and C), i’m in my 7th season of farming but only 3rd season of focusing on cut flowers. I LOVE Dahlias. Love love love. And I am really enjoying your blog Erin, I just came upon it recently. In fact, inspired by you, my farm partner and I have just purchased our first landscape fabric for the farm (sunbelt of course). We spent most of the day figuring out how to get the dang propane torch to work upsidedown, then how to plant in such tiny holes. Trial and Error! But worth it, our weeds are getting out of hand! So anyways, thank you for writing about what you do, we really benefit from all your experience! And we’re in Northern California, Soil Sisters Farm!

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  97. Melody Robson on

    I would say I am B and D. I have plants growing everywhere around my house. I enjoy trying new varieties of plants and flowers and I am just growing my first dahlias from tubers this year. I can’t wait to have a lot of different variety of dahlias growing all around my house. They are so gorgeous and last for so long. I adore them. Until you have seen a dahlia up close and in person you don’t understand how exquisite they really are. I take pictures of mine almost everyday. I love following your Instagram account and would have an awesome time working at your farm. Keep the beautiful flower pictures coming! Thanks!

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  98. Jeanie on

    G) Dahlias have Grown on me. I have a backyard garden; 16′ by 8′ but pie-shaped, like a quarter-pie. I’ve been gardening for 11 years. The first few years, it was tomatoes and cauliflower and nasturtiums and beans and arugula. The kids put corn and carrots in there, and watermelon, and an artichoke (which didn’t grow at all because we’re outside of Chicago). My mom calls it “guerilla gardening,” because you just throw stuff in there and see what sticks. Well, about year 6, I got two dahlia tubers at the garden store. Wow! Kelvin Floodlight was one; can’t remember the other. Ever since then, dahlias have slowly taken over more and more of the garden. I figured out how to overwinter the tubers in a mini-fridge in my basement. This year, my little garden will be 100% dahlias, and I have just enough room to squeeze five more in.

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  99. Ashley Sassoon on

    Hey hey!!! I’ve always been big into gardening, but I just (last week) started my own floral company and this year started a cut flower garden for arrangements!!! I think I would fall into a different category… more of a “would roll around in flowers if she could, wanna be full time florist and flower farmer!” Can’t wait to hear the results!!!!

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  100. Maribeth on

    ** A ** total beginner level over here :) no shame in my game! Your dahlias are sooo FUN! and please keep the blog posts coming.. its seriously like christmas when i get a new email from floret! xoxox

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  101. Jill on

    i am a dahlia freak and flower lover who’s pretty new to gardening, growing my plant collection and in need of some serious beauties to help! I’d love to add some of these to my yard!

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  102. Sharon Bolmey on

    I have a very small fenced yard so have plan what is special enough to use space in the tiny garden. I am new to dahlias but love them very much. My daughter in law used dahlias for her wedding flowers so these blooms make me very emotional. Thank you for sharing your floral adventures!

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  103. Kate on

    C) Master gardener – I just got my certificate last week! And put a few dahlias in the ground already. So excited to watch them come up and work towards providing 100% of my own grown flowers for market bouquets and special events. Thank you for your sharing your stories with all of us. :)

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  104. Stefanie H. on

    Z. Over the top – way too many hours spent trying to decide which varieties & colors. LoVe, Love, love Dahlias! I have about 100 plants going this year. Can’t wait!!!

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  105. Adria on

    I’m a novice flower farmer. Or a wannabe flower farmer anyways. I love flowers and someday hope to make them my job.

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  106. Melissa Gardner on

    I’m just starting out with my first summer in our home but I’ve watched my mama work her green thumb magic my whole life. It’s thrilling to finally get into it myself.

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  107. Priscilla on

    I’d say I’m a “B”. Dahlias are my absolute favorite flower (especially to grow), and I would love to plant these tubes in the space left in my garden plot!!

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  108. Louise on

    Yes, I admit to being a perfect fit for category “D.” My dahlia tubers are already popping through my garden soil. However, I have room for more! I love any kind of dahlia because of their simple, earthy elegance.

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  109. Rocio Garcia on

    Good evening (:
    Let me start by saying I am in love with ALL of your FLOWERS♡
    But dahlia’s are by far my favorite flowers. I love how their petals expand so gracefully and yet they have such a beautiful vivid color. I am defined by “B”, It’s been a few years since I started growing plants, but I have been in love with flowers/nature since I was a baby. I just planted new flowers and I can’t wait for them to bloom?
    I’d really appreciate if you’d send me dahlia’s. It would be such an amazing birthday gift (: my birthday is this weekend. Yay!!! Gonna turn 21 (:

    With much love -Rocio (dew)

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  110. emily d on

    i’m a b – but a huge dahlia lover!

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  111. Hanna E on

    I would say that I am option B. I have always loved flowers and am planting more than I ever have this year in hopes for a little business. Dahlias are gorgeous and no flower farm is complete without them!?

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  112. Greta on

    I’ve only recently fell in love with dahlias, but I fell hard! I’d say I’m B
    ..novice flower farmer, but also turning into a bit of a flower/plant geek!

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  113. Lisa on

    I am a green thumb gardener and novice flower farmer who grew Cafe Au Lait Dahlias for the first time last year, and I fell in love! Seriously, Dahlias have now eclipsed peonies as my favorite flower. I goofed storing the tubers, so am starting over this summer – would love a special Floret box of fabulous tubers to get me going this year! Thank you.

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  114. Sadie B on

    I’m right in the middle of B and C with some D thrown in there. I’ve been farming vegetables and flowers for the past 5 years, and am jumping fully into flowers this season. One of the first farms I ever worked on had a huge dahlia patch, and dahlias were my main flower assignment. I love the way they open, and the amazing shimmer of color from all the different varieties as the morning wakes up. Excited to grow my own patch this year, and continue to expand it in years to come.

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  115. Kelly H on

    I am an A: new kid on the block. Love dahlias!!

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  116. Karen T. on

    I’m a veg farmer slowly stealing acreage away from the hubby for flower production.

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  117. Ruth Gulden on

    As a floral designer & gardener I am totally obsessed with flowers…and dahlias are my latest love! My Cafe Au Lait dahlias are just starting to bloom and I would adore having more dahlias that would bloom in the summer… I just love being able to use flowers from my garden in my flower arrangements!!! I just got back from the plant nursery where I took about 10 photos of the spectacular huge dahlia plants in full bloom…I wish I could have bought them all…but at least I have the photos of the stunning flowers! You are such an inspiration to me of some one who had a dream and worked so hard to make it reality…If you send me some dahlia tubers I promise to take good care of them!!!

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  118. Shelley on

    I’m definitely “D”. Just started growing dahlias in the past few years and am now obsessed! I’m still trying to figure out the trick of overwintering in zone 7 cuz we don’t have a basement. Each year I keep having to start over with a new crop of dahlias. I’d love to win a few of your beauties!!!

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  119. Chrisan on

    E for sure. I’m an organic vegetable farmer who barely has time to plant all planned veggies but somehow has flowers on the brain and can’t stop dreaming about them! Dahlias are on my top 3 favorite flowers and the peach colored ones just make my day. I grew them last year with minimal care and managed to get a few blooms. This year, even when I know I’ll barely have time to do it, I’m taking care of my tubers and will make it a point to arrange flowers. It’ll be like a mental break from farming produce!

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  120. Jami Wheaton on

    I am ‘D’! Completely obsessed with flowers. When I close my eyes I see blooms in every color, walk in dahlia forests that reach the sky, picnic under mammoth sunflowers, I’m taken away by the nostalgic scent of lilacs and wisteria. I open my eyes and it’s all there. Lilac and wisteria outside my kitchen window, sunflowers just coming up in the back garden, columbine everywhere, roses beginning to bloom, planters of petunias on the porch, azaleas line the walk way, Oriental poppies wave their tissue paper petals in the breeze…and the dahlia bed. Soil is prepared, turned, stakes are in place and this morning I planted my tubers! You see, I’ve always dreamed of being a flower farmer. Fields and fields of blooms, seedlings filling the greenhouse and a John Deere tractor! For now, I am grateful for the space I have…and for your flower farming journal! Thank you so much for sharing!
    Jami Wheaton

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  121. Amanda Welch on

    Probably B. I’ve always stuck to perenials with a few cosmos and glads thrown in in memory of my Grandma. I’ve never tried Dahlias but I’d love to. ~Mandy

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  122. laurie zimmer on

    I am a lover of flowers. Bottom line: they make me happy! I would love to try my hand at growing some dahlias. Thank you. Laurie

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  123. Windy Rosenstiel on

    My daughters and I are huge fans of ALL your beautiful creations! We would LOVE to have an opportunity to grow dahlias from floret flower farm:)

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  124. paige on

    I am in love with dahlias and have a small flower garden in my backyard! I would love to add some dahlias to my garden! I am fairly new to flower planting but love the challenge of new varieties.

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  125. Linda Doan on

    I guess I’m C. Have too many so need more! Many more!

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  126. Carlee L. on

    I’m between A and B; i’ve grown several vegetable gardens and only a few flowers, but I’m planting my first three Dahlia tubers this year! A Cafe au Lait, a Kidd’s Climax, and a Lavengro. I’m VERY excited about it!

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  127. Kirsten on

    I used to think Dahlia’s were an old lady flower. They have been growing on my family’s farm (originally built by my great-grandmother in 1906, now owned by my uncle) for as long as I can remember and I use to associated them with my great aunt, who was always old. Now they make the backdrop for late summer weddings. My aunt grows nothing but the oldest, the rarest and the best. They are centerpieces and bouquets and they are lovely. This is where I learned to garden. And this is home.

    http://www.overburyresort.com/

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  128. Katelyn on

    I am a second year flower farmer with a new dahlia obsession. I cannot read a top ten list without procuring them all for myself as well. And lots of flower farmer blog following and Instagram perusing has added up to numerous dahlia orders of everyone’s absolute favorites! I hope to have my own list by the end of this season!

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  129. Ashleigh VK on

    B and D describe me! Oh how I would love to win some tubers. :) I have started collecting and growing flowers in my garden for three years now. Still have a lot to learn, including how to perfect growing Dialias. Thanks for the constant inspiration! Pick me!!

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  130. Ruth Peebles on

    Though I might be an A, I’ve had an obsession with flowers for as long as I can remember! Though I usually draw them, I’d like to try to get a garden going to base my illustrations off of. :)

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  131. April Sweany on

    I’m a B/C combo who wishes to be more C/D…HA!
    Just planted some of your Scabiosa Zinnia seeds….and I can not wait to see them bloom!!!

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  132. Diane on

    E. I’ve been married to a farmer for 30+ years, and I run our fresh berry market. I dream of expanding our operation and offering u-pick flowers. It would be a blessing to start with Floret dahlias! Thanks for the chance!

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  133. Sarah Carrier on

    Designer/Plant Geek just starting out growing my own! A+

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  134. Stephanie Abernathy on

    I fall into the (D) category; A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem! Dahlias are at the top of my flower love list! I am planning on beginning a small flower farm in Georgia, and would be so appreciative of having some beautiful Dahlia’s tubers that came from Floret Flowers! Thank you! P.S. Love, love, love your blog!

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  135. Susan on

    I’m an A at skills (new to gardening) + E for enthusiasm (love digging in the dirt, seeing what grows, listening to birds, watching bugs, and learning)!!! I would love to try to grow dahlias; they are a thing of beauty!

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  136. Danika on

    Would be a true gift after losing several to storage this winter…..and after said mistake I’ll put myself in the B category!

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  137. Jamie on

    Ooooo, I am C I think! I am an organic vegetable farmer who is just getting more into flower farming. You have been an inspiration to this small farmer from West Michigan. Just about every day I think of your blog post where you said something like “own your mistakes, they are worth their weight in gold.”

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  138. Val on

    D led to C! My 3rd year growing dahlias: 85 year 1, 400 year 2, 500+ this year ???

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  139. Katrina Osnoe on

    Heuchera** sorry I hit post!!! But I am moving to philadelphia next month and I would love to be able to give a few to my mother and a few for me so we can have that before I move!

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  140. Katrina Osnoe on

    I would say that I’m a mix, so I am going with option E. I worked in a florist when I was younger and loved it, but due to my parents wanting a more “realistic” career idea for me, I worked in corporate America till this past January. I burnt myself out and only had been doing it ten years.
    In March, I found a job at a greenhouse, and that’s when I realized how much I loved and missed it. I’ve been heaven the past few months. Every day we ship out plants, and I always have to snip the dahlias due to packing, so naturally my house is filled with cut dahlias. Right now, I have a bunch of them with heurecha

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  141. kim on

    I worked for Bob for 7 and a half years managing Wollam Gardens for 5 of those years. I left in February with plans to begin my own operation close to his. Having your plants in my collection would surely get me off to a great start!

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  142. Laura Goodroe on

    I’m probably somewhere between an A and a B. I love trying out new plants in my small cottage garden in Atlanta. I also like finding new and unique varieties that I don’t see a lot of in my neighborhood. As an example, while almost every house in my ‘hood has knock out roses, I went for the David Austins. :) I love following your gorgeous feed on Instagram. Thanks for the daily dose of natural beauties!

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  143. krys mccarthy on

    I’m new to dahlias last year being the first year I bought lots of tubers from a dahlia supplier rather than from Walmart. I loved them and hopefully they survived the winter in our basement so I can replant them as well as the thirty more I purchased this spring. My husband and are going into our second year of official flower farming but both of us lots plants and flowers. We spent our five year anniversary last week planting our flower beds and this Friday my birthday I’ll be in the garden (like I have been since sixth grade) planting my dahlias. We can’t wait for them to bloom not only for our customers bouquets but for our house too!

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  144. Kirsten on

    E! I love, love, love flowers and requested you put cafe au lait dahlias in my bridal bouquet last August, but have no land to speak of so I do not grow any. Thanks for hosting this contest!!

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  145. Eva on

    D, for sure! My love for dahlias has led to an embarrassingly large collection of colors, shapes, and sizes… an equal opportunity dahlia lover :)
    Considering your impeccable taste in flower varieties, I would love, love, love to win a box of your favorites!

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  146. Chelsey C. on

    I am definitely (A) trying hard, failing a lot but really loving trying to grow! I was hoping to have an abundance of so many things this year but a decided to focus on just a few treasures with a new baby on the way and would really, really love some of your Dahlias in the mix! Thank you for sharing!

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  147. Stephanie on

    Option A! I love flowers but suck at growing them… I would get help for these!

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  148. Erin Stewart on

    I am a B, quickly on my way to becoming a D. My husband and I are at garden centers and nurseries at least once a week picking up new goodies for the garden and we frequently joke about how this could become quite a problem. =) I’m just glad he lets me have a bit of a ‘flower fund’ in the budget so I can play! I’ve got a smaller space just now, but am devouring the flower farming books, all your past blog posts, and articles from other floral heroes, taking lots and lots of notes from all these resources & moving toward looking for land to rent to start my own little microfarm. We’ve dreamed for a long time of having a small organic farm and growing our own food anyway, so my flower obsession fits right into the idea of a kitchen garden to grow our food and having a “cash crop” of some kind (flowers!!). I’m so excited to see where this takes us…we’re big dreamers, but taking steps toward making this one happen! I love sharing dahlia cuttings with my fellow dahlia lover friends, so I would cherish and spread the love with one of your boxes, should you choose to send me one! =) Thank you for sharing all you do and having an abundance mindset!! xo

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  149. Alison Whittaker on

    I am definitely letter E. I am looking/hoping to gift your beautiful dahlias to my equally beautiful sister-in-law. She is becoming a mom soon and is (what I believe to be) a fantastic gardener always looking to expand her horizons. I know she follows your blog and frequently shows me the amazing blooms you have. It’s her dream to one day own and run a flower farm. Before she becomes a first time mom, I would absolutely love the chance to give her a gift that I know she is passionate about and is something she hopes to work toward herself one day!

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  150. Kathy Wirtala on

    I recently started a design business in Fredericksburg, Virginia, afer attending Jennie Love’s “Business of Local Flowers” class with Ellen Frost. I buy dahlias from Wollam Gardens, about an hour from my home. A farmer friend who lives 10 miles from me has offered me space in one of her hoophouses to grow some flowers , as I have begged her to start growing flowers. She has already put in some dahias, I would love to add to what she started with some of your beautiful dahlia collection. Thank you!

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  151. Melissa Gunton on

    I fit into the A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening. My husband and I upscaled from renting apartments to renting a house so I finally have some space (small) to plant things! I love Dahlias. I had a tuber from a friend and planted it last year and got two-3 blooms. I can’t wait to try more!

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  152. Jenny B on

    B)! I am just getting back into the veggie and flower gardening world after a several year hiatus while finishing graduate school. Lots yet to learn in the new growing climate where we’ve settled (Snohomish Co.) but definitely looking forward to it. Dahlias were our wedding flowers and we are just starting to learn about how to add them to our own garden.

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  153. annabelle on

    I’m a novice looking to grow my flower field, but I LOVE any “cut flower” varieties. Dahlias have a special place in my heart because my sister gave me a bush to commemorate my engagement to my love ❤️

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  154. Louise on

    I have a small garden with a big love for dahlias!!!

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  155. Nicole Johnson on

    Just planted my first few dahlias in my hopes of transitioning from a B.) to a C.)! I am hoping to start my flower farm in the next few years and would love to add a dahlia in my yard as I focus on educating myself growing great flowers this year.

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  156. Jennifer on

    When it comes to dahlias, I am an A. I have actually never grown any but would love to try. My yard is filled with all kinds of other flowers though. I have an unhealthy obsession with hydrangeas. As my 10-year-old sons says, I have way too many flowers! :-)

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  157. Sunday on

    Total new kid. Never grew flowers before the last two years, after a lifetime of tomato and onion and herb gardening, and one day something just clicked and I was like, RIGHT, FLOWERS! I love dahlias, and they’ve always seemed too challenging for me to start with? But reading your blog has shown me that I am wrong. I’m ready.

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  158. Andrea Clemens on

    “C” definitely describes me!! I am utterly obsessed with all plants for their flowers, food or medicinal remedies. To be gifted some of your dahlias would send me over the moon!! Thank you for your generosity <3

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  159. Bernie Miller on

    Recently joined a dahlia society in my area to better hon my skills. Peonies are my spring favorite and dahlias are my late summer and autumn favorite.

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  160. Emily Andrews on

    I’m an A, but my mother is a B/C. Dahlias are my favorite, i’ve always admired their architectural qualities. I would love to win these to give to my mama to add to her garden! Like she told me this morning “Some people want things, I just want plants!”

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  161. Denise on

    I was just looking at dahlia websites this morning wondering if it would be too late to order a few. I am an experience vegetable market grower, but I dream of flowers instead. Starting this year with a few easy ones that work in Kansas heat and wind. Have already been selling wildflower and poppy bouquets. Dahlias would certainly be a ‘step up’ for me.

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  162. Paula Crichlow on

    I’m a big time dahlia lover and gardener. I love how they come in all shapes and sizes. They are just amazing flowers and they can handle our heat here in California.
    I’d like to thank Floret Flowers for sharing the beautiful pictures of their beautiful flowers. It just thrills me to see all you are growing and how fantastic they look.

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  163. Ciel Evans on

    I’m a veggie and herb gardener that slowly wants to shift over into flower gardening!

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  164. Meriwether on

    I am a definite D with a serious seed ordering addiction. Someone recently nicknamed me Miss Rumphius. I’ve grown some Sunny Reggae Dahlias from seed and I’ve loved them! Zinnias and Cosmos are other must haves in my garden. I love your website!!

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  165. Tammy Howard on

    I love dahlias and have been trying to nurture that love within the challenging climate of Montana. I have been saving the tubers and re-planting them–the Cafe au Lait did awesome last year and really was one of the workhorses of the flower farm last year. Also the deer didn’t eat them. I am experimenting with varieties that have shorter days to maturity which is essential in our climate. Thanks for the opportunity Erin!

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  166. Stephanie on

    I am A) a beginner. But my level of dahlia love is off the charts, they were blooming when my baby daughter was stillborn and remind me so much of her! I even have a pink dahlia tattoo. Definitely the best flower ever!

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  167. Jane Gabrielse on

    Each year, we grow about 40 flats of annuals plus an untold number of perennials. Our garden was featured in “Dream Cottage Gardens” in 2009. Last year, with your website as an inspiration, we tried several dahlias. They were outstanding!! We were able to overwinter the tubers and have added several more. Thanks for the inspiration!!

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  168. Carolyn on

    I am the new kid on the block! I have always dreamed of having a beautiful flower garden and it’s slowly taking shape! My mom and Grandma always had beauties in their gardens. I recently dug up all of my Grandmas old peonies in hopes to save them from her abandoned yard. I think they are over 40 years old! So in a addition to my small collection of peonies and my 6 dahlia tubers going into the ground today I would !!LOVE!! to add some of your swoon worthy flowers to my garden!!!

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  169. Celeste on

    E) I am a vegetable market farmer, but I love flowers and want to grow more. Dahlia’s have become one of my favorites since growing a few last year! I also love growing zinnias, sweet peas, cosmos and more. I also just got a couple of David Austin rose bushes and am so excited about those!

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  170. Chris McLaughlin on

    Oh my, I guess I fall into the “C” category. I’ve been an avid gardener & garden writer for years, but a first year flower farmer. I’m crossing my fingers for a win! After all of our planning and planting…we just lost our lease here on a gorgeous 5 acres.

    We’re devastated, but can’t find it in our hearts to put a halt to our flower farm here in Northern California. So we are digging up the dahlias we’ve planted this year and putting them into pots and moving all of them with us. To be able to add your wonderful dahlias to our first year collection would be amazing!

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  171. Courtney on

    B). I’ve grown dahlias since I used them in my wedding bouquets 10 years ago but I am a haphazard Gardner at best. But we have moved to the country and I am staring at 2 acres of bare land waiting for flowers!

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  172. Kristen L on

    This will be my second year growing dahlias – the obsession takes root (!) quickly! I went from 4 last year to 14 this year! Thanks for another great giveaway!

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  173. Jane Merdan on

    I’ve always liked dahlias but real success at growing them has always evaded me. But I keep trying!

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  174. Emily M on

    B! I worked for a magical farm for a few years where I totally caught the flower bug, especially for dahlias! I just started my own flower/veggie operation with my partner last year and have sooo much to learn about flower growing, but am trying to fit in as much color and variety as possible! I started some of my dahlia tubers early in the greenhouse this year to try to have blooms earlier for a wedding this summer; they’ve been transplanted out and have buds on them now and I’m so excited! The rest are just popping out of the ground and there’s still a bit of room at the end of the bed for a few more tubers!

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  175. Ginger Song on

    I would be a hybrid of A, B and D. This is my 3rd year gardening and being a flower farmer, there’s tons and tons for me to learn, this year so far the challenge is how to grow all my plants well with limited energy and resources, the lesson I received was: take better care of the seedlings. This is also my 1st year growing dahlias, all 13 tubers are in early stages of growth in pots, I can’t wait to plant them in the ground and watch them bloom!! Definitely a flower maniac here…LOL I’ve had people tell me that they thought it cruel to deprive the plants of their flowers, but they don’t know all the reasons that exist out there for folks to appreciate being able to buy fresh cut flowers: they don’t have a garden, they suck at gardening, their garden failed this season, they are no longer physically fit to garden, they want to surprise a birthday person impromptu, they want to bring beauty and colors to a sick friend, they want to have a certain flower in a loved one’s memory…I love all my plants and appreciate them even though I grow them just for cutting, and like Erin and all flower farmers around the world, I have to pull a lot of the plants to make way for the next batch of plants, but the love that was created between the people and the plants doesn’t disappear or die, it’s always there for us to access, just like our connections with a person or animal that’s no longer with us. I would love to continue to create this love and intimate connection with my gardens while I stumble along my gardening/bouquet selling path. Cheers to every one out there trying to achieve the same goal~~~

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  176. Billy Woodson on

    I am a C. Small vegetable farmer with a new found love for flowers. Living in San Diego we have almost a year round playground and would love to add Dalias to our pallet. Currently growing zinnias, stock, mini callas, sunflowers and sweet peas among our many many varieties of seasonal veggies. I would love to take your flower farmer course and glean from your amazing knowledge. Keep up the good fight ?

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  177. Iris on

    I’m told I should’ve been named Dahlia instead of Iris. What other flower just keeps pumping blooms out all summer long like a dahlia? The more you cut the more you get. So far this year I have around 120 planted! In my seedling bed there are over 150 new ones. I’m hoping for at least 1 or 2 keepers. Always room for a few more. Oh, yea! Got to start saving more dish and shower water. We are in a drought….

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  178. Julie Jo on

    Slugs,snails, go away
    Dahlias sprout and make my day
    Patches of blooms soon.

    Haiku for you, love the dahlias especially the ones with petals that look like your rolling your tongue into a taco roll.

    Want to be a total nutter , currently have about 40 plants, all gifted from friends @, Flora Organica, RedwoodRoots Farm, the Dutch Gardner and Yara. I love knowing where my tubes came from. We sell a ton of veggies and wanna sell a ton of flowers too. Fingers crossed,.

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  179. Suzanne on

    Hi! I’d say I’m “a new kid on the block just getting into gardening,” but a long-time admirer of beauty in all forms. The texture and color palette of dahlias are simply divine. They are such a romantic flower and I’d be thrilled to add them to the garden the love of my life and I are building together. Thank you!

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  180. Rachel on

    I’ve been doing veggie gardening for awhile but I’m a total newbie when it comes to dahlias and I just fell in love with them this year!

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  181. Gina Strathman on

    Have just recently come down with flower fever, hard. My boyfriend has a young farm that’s growing by the minute, and I can’t help but be inspired by it all. We’re both young, still trying to chart our paths, and I’ve got a feeling about flower farming… It could be it for me. I’m starting small and experimenting for the time being. The hardest part is waiting for planting seasons – I want it all and I want it now! I can’t wait for my dahlia tubers to start blooming! I’d love some more to add to my budding collection (pun intended)!

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  182. ColoradoKirsten on

    Definitely an experienced vegetable gardener, but novice flower gardener. Excited to add some color to my life this year!

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  183. Michelle W on

    I’m a C) – experienced vegetable grower turned flower farmer. Now I can’t get enough of those dahlias!

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  184. Gwynne on

    Definitely an A)! We’re growing a few dahlias for the first time and am delighted to report leaves from the 5 tubers we planted!

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  185. Mj on

    dahlia love exceeds all other, bumming this season as I lost a lot of my tubers to a flood last summer…

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  186. Margaret Norman on

    DEAR FLORET FLOWER FAIRY GODMOTHER,

    There are so many wonderful entries in this contest, but I must do my best to stand out amongst the other blooms, so I choose “E”.

    I would be simply ‘dahliaghted’ to showcase some of your enchanted blooms in my humble, yet special garden. You see, each of my planted flower friends has a history and a story to tell. Many have been shared from the garden getaways of other beautiful souls who tilled the soil before me, so that I could reap the rewards from what they had sown. While other breathtaking beauties were hand selected and showered with love because they reminded me of a special person, time and place and so even though that person, time and place has passed on to an infinitely more beautiful garden, a part of them will forever be with me. And perhaps ‘best of show’ as you well know my dear floret flower fairy, is the gift of sharing what you have cultivated with others. I am forever passing on cuttings, seedlings, rootings and blooms to anyone who is shares my colorful passion so that we are all intertwined in this beautiful garden fairy tale called life!

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  187. Connie on

    I’m a vegetable/flower gardener but have never grown dahlias! I know – it seems such a shame but would love to give it a try. It’s on my list of “to do’s”.
    Enjoy your blog.

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  188. Audra Wyant on

    E.) The girl who uprooted her family to a three acre farm and is trying her first year at flower farming and just planted her first Dafe au Lait dahlias last week and is standing in the field with her hands caked with dirt and eyes wide with shock at how well and terrible everything is going at the same time.

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  189. Amy Miller on

    The poet Sara Teasdale says it best: “My heart is a garden tired with autumn, heaped with bending asters and dahlias heavy and dark…” I spend the long, cold Cleveland winter nights dreaming about all of the flowers that I plan to grow the following year. I drool over seed catalogs and sketch out new homes for newcomers to my garden. I am D – an utter plant geek and would love to welcome your dahlias to my garden home.

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  190. Jane Gabrielse on

    Hi – I was so excited to read about your dahlia give away yesterday! I have been gardening for about 30 years – we plant between 30 too 40 flats of flowers and many perennials each year – our garden was featured in Dream Cottage Gardens in 2009 – Last year after reading your blog tried a few dahlias and I was amazed that they did pretty well! So I would love to add a few of your favorites – thanks for your generosity!

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  191. Amanda on

    I’ve only just recently branched out to dahlias in my garden this year. I was inspired by your recommended varieties and ordered a couple of Cafe au Lait, Maarn and Colonel, but would love to try others.

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  192. Cassie on

    I’m a newb but love dahlias so much that I named my cat Dahlia. I love variety and the symmetry of the bloom. Each one is swoon worthy!

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  193. Diana on

    I’d like to think that I’m an avid gardener but in fact I am a huge gardener wanna be. Yes I do weed, plant, dream and aspire but my yard looks nothing like I know it could. I inherited the love of gardening from my grandmothers who always had floral explosions in their yard I swear from April until October. While one prided herself with her roses, the other her sweet peas, dahlias however were their common ground. The would swap tubers in the spring as they got ready to plant their dahlia rows. I would love to win some tubers from Floret! Deer love to nibble on just about everything in my yard except for dahlias.

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  194. Sammy on

    A! But trying to grow dahlias in our new home in SF :)

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  195. Todd on

    CPN (certified plant nut) just moved back home to the NW and building up my dahlia collection. Dahlias didn’t care for the SE summers, glad to be back.

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  196. Susan on

    I am an “A”- my love of Dahlias has always been- just starting to get my own little patch of flowers going- would love to plant theses beauties

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  197. Ashley Williams on

    I am a C & D. I have been gardening vegetables and a few flowers for the past 6 years, but this year I am definetly transitioning into a full time flower farmer, starting this year. I love working in the beds, tending to my lovelies. I sell at the local all natural farmers market and my flowers sales are starting to take off. I have done a few weddings in the past and would like to get into more personal sales for weddings and special events. I would love to add your beauties to my garden, they are soooo special. Thank you.

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  198. Roxanne on

    love Dahlias and even have had luck with some reseeding. I’m an E. I do seeds, buy plants that are ready to die, transplant and try new things. Always have plants that come up every year. My garden looks like an English Garden and is so tranquil.

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  199. Debbie on

    Growing veggies forever and just now starting to add flowers to the gardens at our new home. Novice veggie grower and New flower grower would be me!!

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  200. Monica on

    Hello, my name is Monica and I’m a dahlia-holic. I’ve dabbled in other flower varieties but my true love is definitely the dahlia. I was so bummed when I missed out on purchasing tubers from your site, that I stocked up with six new varieties at our local farmer’s market. :) I would absolutely love to add a few more to the mix. Fingers crossed!

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  201. Alicia C. on

    Oh, I’m D. all the way!!! with a little bit of A. sprinkled in. My love of Dahlias has amplified since buying a home last year because they’re one of the only things the pack of deer that hang out on our property don’t devour! I should probably stop buying all the tasty varieties they love but I just can’t help it. At least in the end there will be Dahlias!

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  202. Harriet on

    Too Funny. Four days ago I planted the Cafe au Lait Dahlias I bought from Floret. Checked on the “babies” an hour ago and posted my labeled (I’m such a nerd) dahlia that had popped through the soil on Instagram and tagged Floret. When I saw the email my first thought was you were asking me to take down my post.
    YES, I am a flower geek extraordinaire, who just tilled up part of her yard for a small cut flower garden, am a landscape designer who should be working on clients’ projects now but am drawn to these dang flowers like they are a drug! Yes, I would love more dahlias and would be very grateful for them.

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  203. Dessa on

    E) My dad wanted to name me Dahlia. ;) I have all boys at the moment, but it’s definitely on the short list should we ever have a daughter!

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  204. Naomi on

    I’d say I’m a combo B/D: green thumb gardener or novice flower farmer but I’m definitely getting a touch of becoming a total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem thanks to your beautiful blog!

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  205. Meg from CT on

    I’ve been gardening with my mom since I was a kid but only in the past couple years have I grown to love growing flowers. It’s become an obsession and a passion. My love for dahlias is above and beyond so much that my dogs name is Dahlia! I can’t get enough of them. To me they look like suns! ☀️

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  206. Jodi on

    Plant & flower geek! I’ve been at it for a good long while & it only grows deeper. Would especially love another try with dahlias as our first year we left them in the ground & they rotted – all 40 varieties gone! Second year we dug them up & they rotted in the barn :( We were too bummed out to buy more this year, but truth be told, I’d like to think our third try would be a charm!

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  207. Karen on

    I am definitely an addicted plant geek – cool salad greens, medicinal herbs, wild succulents, cutting flowers all make me giddy. I just caught the dahlia “bug” last year when I bought tubers from a flower grower who was retiring and moving to town. As of yesterday, I have 140 dahlias in the ground with a few labeled varieties and the majority will be a big surprise when they bloom!

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  208. Megan on

    I guess I’m a C, been growing flowers for almost 20 years, but I’ve never tried dahlias! I would love to win these and give them a try!

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  209. Jumee on

    New kid on the block! Would love to give these beauties a go!

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  210. Candace on

    I’m going with “B.” Just cut my first zinnias this week!!

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  211. Bridgette on

    I am option “A,” new kid on the block and ready to grow this beaut!

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  212. svetla on

    E. An acomplished veggie grower that wants to try new flowers on the community garden plot. Growing our own veg was the only way to induce our three year old to eat carrots and peas. Sitting in the dirt picking strawberries is just so much beter than store Bought! I am hoping growing dahlias will make the plot even more popular and inspire other gardeners to mix flowers and Veg.

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  213. Abby Miller on

    I would definitely classify myself as D), a total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem. I just recently got a quite large tattoo of dahlias on the inside of my forearm! I’m quite obsessed! They’re my favorite flower by far, how could they not be!!

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  214. Q on

    I’m two years into this dahlia obsession. I’m not new to gardening only this flower species of “dahlia”. Trying to learn how to keep the tubers from shriveling as soon as I take them out and have viable ones next year. I plan to master this! Long live beautiful flowers!

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  215. Jessa on

    I’m a B but starting a farm and going to grow some of my own wedding flowers!!

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  216. Melanie Colson on

    D. I am a plant geek, and would love to teach my grandchildren how to grow dahlias(the most beautiful of flowers)…so they become future plant geeks!

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  217. Tonya on

    I’m just some “weirdo”, as described by friends, who loves to watch beautiful things grow. I’m a beginner that dives in head first, and let’s her heart hope for the best…even though things may go horribly awry. :)

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  218. Elizabeth on

    B for sure especially when it comes to growing dahlias!!!!

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  219. Amy Lagerquist on

    Oh, my! Dahlias are my all-time favorite flower! My parents got into them when I was a kid, probably in part to the woman ate end of our street in Marysville who grew them in her yard for show, protective umbrellas and all. My dad’s favorite was Wild Man! (My parents didn’t get that involved, though.) I drool over the catalogs, keeps them in my house in late summer (my mother-in-law grows them to sell as cut flowers for her little honor system roadside booth in East Lewis County). Best of all, I specifically planned my September wedding to ensure I could have dahlias, more dahlias and nothing but dahlias as my flowers! I had them in my bouquet, for corsages and boutonnières, and in my hair! My favorite forms are water lily and Pom Pom. I would love a collection for my home!

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  220. Mandy Hornick on

    New kid on the farmer/florist block that’s in desperate need of some dahlias!!

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  221. Yuliya on

    I am “D” for sure and I’m not ashamed because my garden is the best on the block! Thanks for the opportunity to win these dahlias!

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  222. Carolyn on

    Dahlias! My best friend has a love affair with them and, after a visit to Swan Island last summer with her, I have a new obsession! I planted quite a few in the garden this year and dream of converting some of our 6 acres into a flower farm and wedding venue. We have an organic veggie CSA and I would love to offer organically grown flowers as well. I guess that makes me a (B).

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  223. Michele on

    C. I am a professional gardener but I am learning that farming is a whole other world! I have become obsessed with the farmer-florist movement. A friend and I have just planted two dozen dahlias in hopes of selling the flowers at a local market. I look forward to expanding our collection of the most beautiful cut flower ever!!

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  224. Beth on

    Option A! I’m a new stay-at-home mom of 3 with a passion for flowers. I’m a new follower to your Instagram/blog and would love to have a little slice of your beautiful flowers in our home just outside of Chicago. I’m in awe of all you (and family!) do at your farm. Thanks for sharing all the beauty with us!

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  225. Kristen on

    I would love, love, love these dahlias! I’m going to try my hand at selling flowers at our local farmers market this year for the first time. I was even going to buy your dahlia tubers to add to my garden but was too late as they were all sold out when I went to purchase them. To still be able to plant some of yours this season would be such a treat!

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  226. Casey on

    I’m (A) a flower growing newbie. Last summer was my first experience with Dahlias and I CAN NOT WAIT for this year’s yummy colors to start popping.

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  227. Katie on

    D. Total plant geek!!!! I have been seriously gardening for 9 years, while devouring blogs and garden books, local nursery seminars and any other garden lore availiable. I have raised dahlias from seed, my son who was 7 at the time, won best of show in cut flowers at our county fair for his seed raised dahlia. I am experimenting with added masses of cut flowers to my 1/3 acre garden and yard, hoping to sell cut flowers next year. Thanks for your gorg blog and a great giveaway!

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  228. Carin on

    Nina turned me on to your amazing flowers. She helped me arrange flowers for my daughters wedding in September. I had some beautiful Dahlias and am now addicted to them.

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  229. Leah Johnson on

    Dahlias are pure gorgeousness. There are so many varieties, it is enchanting to watch them grow! My wedding flowers were dahlias – just dahlias. All different kinds and colors. It made for such a vibrant, beautiful day. I am definitely in the A. Category of gardener but my husband is more of a B. And my mother in law is a C. So I’ve got lots of back-up. Would love more varieties to add to our yard!

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  230. Charlotte on

    What generosity! I would say that I am a combo of B & D and that I have been growing things my whole life. I have a serious love affair with flowers of all kinds…from the sweetest little wildflowers to the most showy Dahlias!!! I love them all. I am currently working on building my Dahlia collection so I really hope that I am gifted some of your amazing Dahlia tubers!!!! Thank you again for all that you do!!!

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  231. Alison on

    Dahlia-wise, I am definitely an A! Living in Arizona hasn’t really allowed me to grow dahlias before, but I am so excited to try them when I move up to the northwest this fall!!

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  232. Jennifer on

    This is so lovely! I am a newbie gardener with big dreams. Last year I moved to Portland and vowed to start the garden I never could living in Arizona. That I did! My small garden has 5 rose bushes, a peony plant, a small kitchen garden, and 3 Dahlia babes. My favorite. It is small but every year I keep adding a new family member. Your beautiful dahlias would be such a beautiful addition that I could share with my friends, family, and community. I would love to share your story of floret flowers through my tiny oasis in SE Portland. Thank you!

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  233. Traci on

    I’m somewhere between C & D!
    2 years ago I had to make a sudden move away from my home and garden of 12 years, leaving behind all of my plants. I especially miss my cutting garden full of dozens of dahlias, and would love to win so I could start over in my new garden.

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  234. susan wright on

    We would love some. Many of our froze/rotted in our extra wet winter. Thanks and my brides will thank you

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  235. Abby Juanita Rodriguez on

    First year flower farmer filled with unabashed hope for and gratitude towards what grows. I started many tubers inside this winter and only three of them made it to healthy transplant outdoors this season. I am tight on finances and just writing down my winter eagerness as a loss this year and scrawling what to do better next year. Dahlias are a longtime favorite, their grace and elegance, perfectly shaped petals like no other. I am a flower farmer, first and foremost, to spread joy. Whoever’s hands may the dahlias land in will certainly be more joyous than they were without the dahlia. I would be ever grateful for your tubers to grace my lands and find the hands and hearts of joy they were intended for. And even if not, I respect and admire what you do, and I am inspired by you on a daily basis! So much love to you.

    -Abby

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  236. Heather on

    I am “B”. Grew up on a farm. We always had a veggie garden and my mom had flower gardens. As an adult, I appreciate the “land” so much more, and continue to garden. Like your quote… I always have to have flowers! All your dahlia pics inspired me to buy a couple this year. Would love some additions of yours to grow!

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  237. Andrea on

    I would consider myself a green thumb vegetable gardener and novice flower farmer dying to try growing dahlias! Absolutely one of my favorites!

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  238. Mary W. on

    E: As in, I’m the kind of person who thinks flowers make the world a much beautiful place, so therefore they exist everywhere in my life. But Dahlias are very special to me because last summer I saw them for the first time in their natural setting (not wrapped up) when my boyfriend jumped out of the car to buy some for me from a roadside stand. Tres romantique! Needless to say he is now my fiancé and that gesture represents how he is towards me in all our endeavors. I’m also happy to say he didn’t balk when I suggested we name our first child Dahlia because, well, life is much more beautiful with flowers in it. Thank you for your work Erin! Magnificently inspiring!

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  239. Irene on

    B, novice flower farmer, year 1 on our very own farm. We’ve got a bunch of dahlias started in pots waiting to go out and we can’t wait for their blooms :)

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  240. Lyndsey F. on

    I’d say D. for me. I’m dahlia and rose obsessed! My dahlia’s are just starting to come up and it’s sooooo exciting checking on them daily. I’d love to plant your collection!

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  241. Nancy on

    Oh please pick me!! I majored in Floriculture Production in college a million years ago, basically worked as a educated hoe-er in fields and fields…Now that I am older, I have dreamed and dreamed of having massive cutting gardens, and Dahlias are my absolute favorites. I just found your blog, so I would have ordered from you if I knew about you earlier!! Fingers and toes crossed!!!

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  242. Christina Keller on

    I would have to go with B … green thumb but NO expert! We filled our fall Texas wedding with dahlias and they hold a special place in my heart. Y’alls photos are absolutely gorgeous! My dream would be to visit the farm and run through the fields. I am constantly so impressed with your variety and love and passion for this art. Thanks for creating such beauty for us to look at!

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  243. Misty on

    I fit into B) as a novice flower farmer. However, I’ve had a love affair with Dahlia’s since the time my husband would bring me a bouquets of them from a “honor system” stand along side the road almost 20 years ago. But I have been growing dahlia’s every since my son, who was in kindergarten gave me a straggly little dahlia plant that we had no idea the color of. I was delighted when it bloomed to be my favorite color PURPLE! After my son passed away I kept growing to keep his beloved memory alive. So last summer I decided to see if I could make a go of it as a flower farm. I had a late start but man on man giving that first bouquet after bouquet to very happy customers filled me with so much joy I thought I’d burst from happiness. Lets just say Dahlia’s fill that sad space inside me I never thought would be filled again AND at the same time keeps my son’s memory going and going. ~HUGS TO ALL♥

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  244. Jamie Rex on

    I’m definitely a “D!” I’m a plant nerd extraordinaire! I haul, along with my husband and children’s help, hundreds of tropicals in and out of my house in the cold Minnesota tundra every year. Dahlias are definitely a passion of mine. Between myself and my neighbor (twenty-thirty years experience growing dahlias) there are a couple thousand Dahlia blooms on our street. This year I’m going to be taking cut flower bouquets to a local shop. I would love to win some of your tubers!

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  245. Jenny N on

    A) a total novice, but I loooove dahlias!

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  246. Josephine on

    Hello there, I would have to say I am a combination of A, B, D and E. E for the “city slicker” that my hubby and I have been called. Moved to the country this spring and putting in a large cutting garden now, before we even have any landscape around our home. I am so in love with flowers and gardening that our previous home’s yard just couldn’t keep up with me. This my husband agreed to move to the country. He said, “If we are ever going to do it, better do it while I can still move around.” Proud to be a “City Slicker” and embarking on this new phase in our lives. Watch out flowers, here I come!

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  247. Julie on

    Dahlias have always scared me a little – special care, do I need to dig up and winter over, do I have the right place, will I have to read to them on summer nights with only the light from fireflies to make sure they bloom and are happy? This level of care has made me shy away as my garden mentality is quite Darwinian (survival of the fittest). However, I am filled jealous envy when I see them blooming in neighborhood gardens and featured in stunning fall bridal bouquets. So, is this the year of the dahlia for the Beaumont House garden? I think I may be ready to commit to some serious dahlia love.

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  248. Niki on

    I am a combo B/D. My father owned a garden center for my entire life up until I graduated high school, so majority of my time was spent there as a kid playing with plants. I have always loved plants, especially flowers. Dahlias are hands down my favorite flower, I love the variety of shapes, sizes and colors. Being an artist, I love drawing flowers and constantly look to them for inspiration. I have a lot of dahlia drawings, as well as one tattooed on my leg. I have always done great growing vegetables, but now that I have a house, I am dabbling in flowers as well. I would be beyond thrilled to give some of your beautiful tubers a happy home!! Thank you for this opportunity!

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  249. Marci F. on

    Definitely a novice flower farmer and a novice dahlia grower…I am giving both a try this year. And I love dahlia flowers- there really isn’t anything like them. May I please have a few more to add to my collection?

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  250. Chelsea on

    I fall into A. Don’t get me wrong- I am a flower obsessed nut, but I’m just starting to learn from my mistakes. After years of apartment living, (My tiny balcony always had some flowers on it, and always had dahlia’s!!) we just moved into a house a year ago! Even though I’m not really experienced- you have inspired me to plant my first ‘cut’ flower garden next year! I will only have a few square feet to work with- but there will be Dahlias! (did I mention Dahlias are my favorite flower!!) thank you for the constant imspiration- as a floral designer working in a typical floral shop- the inspiration is much needed and appreciated!!

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  251. Addison on

    My lovely wife is filling our garden with dahlias this year after a successful trial run last year. They were spectacular!

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  252. Christina on

    I am a newbie to gardening. I’m trying to landscape my yard to reflect a charming cottage garden. I recently found your blog last weekend and am in love. I’ve been looking for inspiration to make a change in my life and stump led upon your blog! I love seeing your photos on Facebook each day. They bring such joy to me. Dahlia’s are so stunning in beauty. I would so love to look out into my yard and look upon these beauties. Thank you for your work in the world, it makes the world a more beautiful place in so many ways.

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  253. Nikki Anne on

    I’m definitely “A”. Inspired by your blog, my husband and I are turning the only sunny spot in our urban yard into a tiny flower garden. I can’t wait to have my own fresh cut flowers, and dahlias are my absolute favorite.

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  254. anonymouse on

    I’m probably a “B” when it comes to dahlias: I’ve been growing them for a few years but try as I might, I haven’t had success in storing the tubers through the winter. I kept them in ventilated plastic crates (left over from a flower bulbs shipment) in our unheated mudroom but they shrivel up and dry out. So frustrating. I’ll continue to try (maybe putting them in sawdust next time, in paper bags in the basement?) but it’s pretty frustrating because it just seems like it shouldn’t be hard to do.

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  255. Alistar Harris on

    Oh Erin! Your generosity is too much. I am a been-around-the-block sustainable vegetable grower, and B) … a novice flower farmer. I bought your sweet pea flower guide and seed earlier this year, and can’t wait to grow more flowers on our 6 acre Certified Naturally Grown farm! Dahlias remind me of my mom’s garden and the fantastic collection she had when I was growing up. My wife (Rebecca Ponder) and I have a newborn daughter (Georgia Rhodes Harris) and we would love to plant some dahlias for her, and to continue what my mother offered me through her love for flowers, especially dahlias! The love, care and attention that you put into your business and flower beds are so palpable. Thank you for this gift! Our address is 7349 Woodville Lane, Hanover, VA 23069.

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  256. Sarah on

    As it best suits me, option “A” defines how little I really know about gardening, but how eager I am to dive right in. Anytime I buy a new seed pack or plant that’s only just started, I search the internet for all necessary information to successful raise them and then catalog what I know. I’ve never owned a home with space for a garden, but my apartment porch denies the space for walking because of the amount of potted flowers I have. To say that I love flowers is an understatement. When I grow from seed, the plant feels like an irreplaceable treasure that I have the honor of growing to admire. Flowers are amazing, bursting representations of growth and discovery within myself as a beginner gardener and the process to grow and care for them is extremely addicting. I currently have three varieties of dahlia growing and to look at them everyday offers me a feeling of satisfaction and lasting happiness. It utterly blows my mind the amount of petals that burst to reveal the disc of pollen that allows the layered softness to radiate and build. Dahlias are special because they are a slow surprise only showing more and more layers until the final burst arrives; then you’re left with a rounded beauty of color that keeps on giving. I would be enthralled to own your favorite varieties as I love both dahlias and flower farm. I dream about working somewhere like this and being apart of the epic harvests that you post on Instagram and this blog. I do greatly hope that I could have the honors of planting these beauties as it would feel like a reward for simply loving and having a passion to have a hand in the growth of beauty.

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    • Sarah on

      Just wanted to add a qualifier to my name since it is so common: Sarah Jo D. Yay Dahlias!

  257. Karissa Chamblin on

    I am for sure a B!

    My love for dahlias starts with my grandpa and my momma. My grandpa has had a dahlia garden in his yard for the last 40 years. My mom would take us there as kids and harvest them every season. Now that my grandpa is too fragile to tend to the dahlias himself, my mom and I visit him once a week and weed the garden and such. His bulbs have been passed down to my mom and now to me, so dahlias in particular are so special to me. I think my family’s love for flowers is what made me a florist, today!!

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  258. Sarah on

    Dahlia- obsessed wedding florist here who tries to grow special bits and pieces for special couples :) Lost all my cafe au lait tubers this winter and my sad and empty beds are crying to be filled :(
    Hoping make the terrifying foray from wedding florist to wedding flower grower over the next year or so!
    Love your blog!

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  259. Rhiannon on

    After some years of hard work I would finally put myself into the B category. My love for flowers and a dream to have my own flourishing garden has driven me to try year after year to create my own oasis in our small backyard. It’s been hard work and for a long time I thought I just wasn’t cut out for it, but things are finally blooming with ease and I couldn’t be happier! On the Dahlia front…when my husband and I bought our first house five years ago the yards were over grown with random shrubs and there was nothing we liked about it. However a month or so after we moved in we got a beautiful surprise, a front yard full of dahlias and ranunculus! Apparently the little old lady who had lived here was known for her summer blooms. All of our neighbors raved about what a beautiful treat they were every year. Right now I’m trying to find out from old photos which variety they were so I can continue her tradition. In the mean time my fingers are crossed for a box of your beauties.

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  260. paula tucker on

    I have dreamed many years of beginning a cut flower garden and this year I have taken the plunge! I don’t know exactly what I am doing most of the time and the concept of succession planting makes my brain smoke, however I figure I will never learn if I don’t try! Dahlia’s are at the top of my “favorites” list.
    Last winter the Nampa gardening community said goodbye to a great man, Dale Anderson. Dale and his wife Shelia spearheaded a community garden project that has fed thousands over the years and we have been fortunate to participate and learn how to grow a garden from Dale as a result!
    Dale loved Dahlias, he had grown them for decades and was passionate about their cultivation. He earned many “Best of Show” awards at fairs and botanical garden competitions.
    My desire is to create a beautiful dahlia garden in honor of Dale Anderson and his service to our community. I have seven varieties started which include Floret’s Cafe au Lait and any additions will be warmly welcomed!
    Thank you for your commitment to creating beauty and joy in peoples’ lives!

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  261. Michele Payne on

    I am definitely in the “c” category. I am obsessed with flowers and gardening and have to restrain myself from Instagram flower oversharing. I am madly in love with dahlias.

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  262. Meggan on

    I have been wanting to grow dahlias for so long and have about 20 tubers planted for the summer! I am a flower farmer novice (B) and have a passion for all things gardening and flowers! I would love to add some famous Floret dahlias to my collection :)

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  263. Melissa Law on

    I’m an herbalist, falling in love with flowers, and just getting a new farm started over on the opposite corner of the country outside Portland, ME (B). We planted our dahlias a few days ago and would love to add your colorful favorites to our crop this year! Thanks for the chance!!!

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  264. Marnie Devlin on

    Love your beautiful flowers. Your Instagram is a daily inspiration!

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  265. Haley Upah on

    I would definitely say I’m an A, huge new kid on the block. I WWOOFed last summer for the first time in Finland, Belgium and England and absolutely fell in love with gardening and farming. It calmed me in a way that no other hobby ever had before. I’ve just moved to Seattle as of a week ago and I’m so exciting to finally see your flowers in person. Love what you’re doing, you’re truly an inspiration!

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  266. Wendy Gaul on

    I’ve loved dahlias for a long, long time. Actually, they were my first flower love! Their bright colors and textured shape had me at hello.

    I’ve been a fan of yours Erin, for some time now, and to have the opportunity to have a little piece if the beauty growing on your farm would be such a joy!

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  267. Barbara Smith on

    I am a dahlia fanatic! I’d rather have a double armful of dahlias than roses or any other flowers. They are so bright and cheery and bring so much joy to a garden. I can’t imagine a garden without a few of them placed around!!!!

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  268. Rebecca Wiswell on

    probably D. Have always found a space for dahlias, no matter the size of my growing space. Used to be a cut flower grower 30+ years ago…..

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  269. Lauren Hobson on

    Hi Erin and Floret! This is my second year of having my own garden–I grew up in a big family with parents who believed in the beauty of a garden, both for flowers and for vegetables, and passed that love on down to me. I’ve absorbed a lot of knowledge through the years from them, particularly my Dad, but am definitely still learning as I go (I sometimes think the learning as I go will never end…everything grows when you garden, I guess!). I was the first in my family to plant dahlias last year, after I found tubers from Old House Dahlias in Portland at one of our local farmer’s markets, and have been hooked since! This year I bought some of your Cafe au Lait dahlias, and gave half the batch to my Mom for Mother’s Day, and now she’s excited about them too! Anyway, all this to say, I would love to experiment with more of your flowers–they are so beautiful!

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  270. Rebecca Wiswell on

    Probably D. I have always loved dahlias and made room to plant at least a few no matter my space allotment. Used to be a flower farmer 30 years ago. Loved it then and love my smaller patch now.

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  271. Laura Winslow on

    You inspired us all with your gorgeous Dahlias! I put in a small row in my garden and waiting eagerly to see their faces! Your garden is an inspiration!!

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  272. Stacy F. on

    I look forward to your beautiful photos on my Instagram feed every day. You’re flowers are just gorgeous! I’d say I’m a mix of B and D. I’m learning as I go along, but am definitely an utter flower geek! I’m a botanical artist and would love to paint some of your dahlias!

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  273. Karen Dahlquist on

    Definately a “D”. Every year I add more and more flowers to my gardens. There is little or no grass left, just enough to give your eyes some place to rest while taking in all the different textures and colors. It’s amazing but I can always find more room for flowers!

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  274. Shannon Brown on

    Oh, dahlias! I’m B) a green thumb gardener who absolutely loves flowers.

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  275. Jessica Gooch on

    My best friend Emily and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to enjoy some of your amazing Dahlias. I Would say we are on the “a&b” level. Every year we try and grow more and more flowers and veggies, for personal enjoyment- but also to keep our little kids busy. We find they are the happiest in the garden- learning, exploring and growing. To be able to

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    • Jessica Gooch on

      Learn and teach with your kids is what life is all about…. We love your vision, keep growing beautiful things?

  276. Rachel Detweiler on

    B. In my second year as a flower farme and still building my dahlia collection! (Though I’m already a flower crazed nut.)

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  277. Sarah on

    What a dream give-away!! I’m definitely a D! I’m one half of a flower-loving duo — I own a flower shop so naturally I collect and hoard, and he plants & waters! His mom is a master gardener so we are always in constant rotation of greenhouse visits and adopting new transplants — we added three new beds to our formerly grass-only back yard this year!

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  278. LeeAnn on

    E) a complete addict which has no cure or rehabilitation meetings. :) In fact, just joined my local dahlia society to further justify my actions. :)

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  279. Corbett on

    I’m a Southeastern D driven by foliage texture and color ’cause, you know, it’s hot a blazes down here and flowers get ratty fast. I second guessed myself this year and decided against Dahlia because everyone said they can’t be grown well here. I’d live to prove ’em wrong but all the good mail order sources are sold out. Perhaps this is my second chance!

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  280. Brooke on

    Today is my wonderful Grandmother’s 98th birthday. She is definitely a total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem—even if she can’t bend down to admire the creases and patterns in the leaves of the flowers. I would consider myself a complete amateur when it comes to flowers. Although, I have just discovered the amazing world of companion planting in my organic vegetable garden. I would love to have some dahlia tubers to plant in honor of my amazing Grandmother who has taught me so much. (Like drinking wine out of a coffee cup because “it’s safe” and “everyone deserves love and kindness.”) I’d love to watch these dahlia’s grow and serve as a reminder of my Grammy B who is the best person I know—and will ever know. Thank you.

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  281. Betina Blaine on

    I am an experienced gardener but there is always more to learn which is one of my favorite things about plants. You could never know all there is to know. I also love that most gardeners are generous in sharing knowledge, etc. I give back by volunteering as a master gardener and I especially love teaching kids to grow things. I carved out a bed for dahlias for the first time this year, and I was sad to miss out on your sold out collections. I found solace in a few of Floret’s Cafe Au Laits though! I would be so grateful & happy to have a few of your tubers!

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  282. Lorna on

    newbie dahlia gardener.

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  283. Adri Smith on

    I am a novice gardener! I have a love/hate relationship with Dahlias. I looove the photos that I see of them- especially the smaller varieties as shown above. But the cut ones that I have ordered have withered within a day or two, so I had to forgo several unused bunches. Any tips on keeping cut Dahlias fresh are appreciated!!

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  284. epiphanyimagery on

    There is little in life more lovely than the face on the darling dahlia. I owe my life long love of flowers to my great grandmother, and a most inspiring neighbor I had as a child. I started my first flower garden at age 11, in the shape of a paisley’s (in the back of my fathers perfectly groomed yard). Now 28 years later I still stand in awe daily, utterly enchanted with every bud and blossom. I’m currently planting an heirloom garden with starts, tubers and seeds from people I love, and moments of inspiration and relevance… and this weekend is my wedding anniversar!! Every tuber is a treasure, to plant yours would be a pleasure!!

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  285. Betina on

    D-I am an experienced gardener but there is always more to learn which is one of my favorite things about plants. You could never know all there is to know. I also love that most gardeners are generous in sharing knowledge, etc. I give back by volunteering as a master gardener and I especially love teaching kids to grow things. I carved out a bed for dahlias for the first time this year, and I was sad to miss out on your sold out collections. I found solace in a few of Floret’s Cafe Au Laits though! I would be so grateful & happy to have a few of your tubers!

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  286. Michelle Reavey on

    I guess that I am an E. Love gardening but mostly do vegetables, annuals, and herbs. Just learning the land of perennials. Dahlias have always been something that has interested me, but I haven’t had the courage to venture into their world yet. :)

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  287. Jessica Jones on

    I’d say I’m an A, striving to become a B. I fell in love with dinner plate dahlias years ago after I picked up some tubers on sale…I had not idea of how spectacular they would be when they bloomed! I am so inspired by the beauty that you capture on your farm and how many gorgeous varieties there are. I would love to win a pick of you favorites and add them to my flower beds!

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  288. Marsha Swezey on

    I am a combination B and D. Bought sunrise collection, which is planted. Got a white dahlia from Floret last year, which was my most productive dahlia. Tried to divide and overwinter, which failed. Was thrilled to find that I left a piece of tuber behind which has overwintered and is looking marvelous! Hope to add more Floret dahlias to my garden. Thanks for all the giveaways, really appreciated.

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  289. Allysha on

    Oh, I’d say I’m a breed of my own. I’m a home gardener/aspiring florist who is a total collector and geek despite my limited current space. I can’t wait for Francis Palmer’s dahlia class at NYBG. She can teach me to take extra special care of your babies!

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  290. Kaci Muller on

    I’m an A gal here, with a yard crying out for a cutting garden. I would be tickled pink to be able to appreciate some of my favorite blooms. And maybe include some in a bouquets or two.

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  291. Heather on

    I am most definitely an unabashed plant geek…but so far most of my plant geekiness has been about house plants and I’m recently getting into the flower fever. I’m sure these dahlias won’t help this problem, but they would be a delightful problem to have!

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  292. Erin C. on

    I am B! I just started gardening about two years ago, and one year ago my family and I started up a small floristry business. Between four of us, we are trying to grow as many of the flowers as we can for our clients. It just feels right. I haven’t grown a dahlia yet, but it is my highest priority to get in the ground. I am growing some of your scabiosa zinnias right now. Adding your amazing dahlias to this little yard would be the greatest!

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  293. Peggy Hatcher on

    I am part “D” and part dreamer. Flower farmer in the near future. Filling up my suburban lot with flowers to rush out each day (several times) to fawn over, harvest and design to enjoy, then design and give away for encouragement. S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g my skills, experimentation, and hubby’s limits! ;o) He is loving that things are all in the ground, growing, and blooming. His goal is I start everything I grow from seed myself. Pretty close now!

    I enjoy your blog, pictures, and sharing. Perhaps I can be quick enough to get registered for one of your teaching experiences one day!

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  294. Elizabeth on

    Hi, I’m Elizabeth and I’m Type A – in every way! I’ve been gardening for three years – I’ve come a long way, but the more I learn, the more O realize how much more there is to learn. I’m getting married in my backyard this fall, and thought – “hey! I should plant dahlias!” I was searching for some last night, and didn’t finish ordering. I would LOVE some of yours – didn’t even realize that you sold dahlia tubers. Now wondering what else I might order from your magnificent gardens…. I guess I’ll have to root around (!) on your site to find out.

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  295. Lydia on

    #B)

    I’m a dahlia obsessed dreamer trying to nurse my first bed of dahlias into life for Fall. I just left my life of flowering and designing in Northern California behind and am striking out in my native East Coast farmland with only a wish and a prayer. It was expensive moving back East! So I’m going for broke this year as I’ve put all my extra cash into flowers this Spring with the hopes of bringing dahlias to everyone from the Carolinas to the New York Islands. My local flower farm is just a wee dream so any support helps! I promise to be the best nurturer to your extra tuber friends and lovingly arrange them once they’ve bloomed. Fingers crossed!

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  296. Meagen Lane on

    I grew up in the garden with my mom but this year is my first year planting flowers on my own. I finally have a piece of land to call my own. No house yet, but that doesn’t mean I can’t plant flowers! I planted two dahlias so far, one bright orange, the other fuschia, both beautiful. I’d love to add some more variety to my garden! Thanks.

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  297. May on

    Absolutely, A. I love love love dahlias!

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  298. Susan Miller on

    I am a seasoned gardener and novice flower farmer who has a serious flower collection problem already! And you are paving the way for so many, thank you. I also have dahlia fever. Thanks for offering the giveaway – fun and I know how thrilled people will be to receive them!

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  299. amanda on

    I.AM.NUTSO.FOR.DAHLIAS!!! Is there anything more inspiring and fantastic than these sweet faces with all of there cheer?

    I’m just starting out and would positively LOVE to win some of your dahlias!!! I’m in beautiful Chester County, PA. We have a small plot that we built just for dahlias this year. I have 19 varieties that I’ve started indoors (heat mats, checking soil, fretting over if they were rotting). But 18 have made it to the outdoors and are growing! Just hoping I’m doing all the right things.

    Your story is amazing and im hoping to build a business from farm to florist as you have! You’re an incredible resource and so inspiring.

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  300. Andrew on

    This is our first year growing flowers, and I already have a dahlia problem. I’ve started two new garden beds just for them and some are already knee hight. The most exciting thing? They multiply!!! Now we wait. It’s like waiting for the birth of a child. Anticipation, longing and nervousness all wrapped into one.

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  301. KaCee on

    I’m both A & D! Dahlias are my number one favorite flower. I love the variety of shapes, sizes and colors!

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  302. Brenda Galiher on

    Letter B …I am a generational Green Thumb my family tree is really rooted deep in garden soil. A Legacy of Growing. Fingers Crossed. ?

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  303. Debbie on

    I definitely have a flower collection problem….but there is always room for more! I’m a small lavender grower, and have recently added dahlias, and other garden flowers to extend my season. I try to have my dahlia tubers in the ground by Memorial Day-since it is early this year, I have another whole week to keep on planting. I’d love to add some of your favorites to my collection! Thanks for the chance to win, and all your generosity!

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  304. Loren on

    I am B. I have 29 dahlia plants in the ground this year and have room for a couple more :) I am planning on providing flowers for the restaurant my fiance works at and more dahlias would definitely help with that!

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  305. Deanna on

    I’m mostly B, with dreams of someday becoming more of a C. Sweet peas and dahlias were the first flowers I grew. Dahlias are just such an amazing confidence builder for beginning gardeners! Would love to add a few of your favorites to my garden!

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  306. Danielle on

    I am for sure a beginner who fell in love the first time I saw a garden full of dahlias. I knew I had to have that in my yard one day! After buying my first home last year I am starting work on the garden, and these would be such a wonderful addition!

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  307. Beooke on

    I’d say B, flowers and I decided that we could be friends last year and its been a good friendship since.

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  308. sshawkins36 on

    I am a novice gardener and first time responder to a blog and need to grow more flowers in my vegetable garden.

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  309. Amanda Cook on

    C-describes us. We are working on a big wedding this week Would live to tuck some extra dahlias into the ground for our fall weddings.

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  310. Sharon on

    ❤️My dahlias. There is no better flower.

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  311. Logan Herman on

    I am definitely A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening, but I went on a journey this past year to find my favorite flower and I found that dahlias are the winner. :) I just married my high school sweetheart, finished physical therapy school, and now I finally have time to put love into my yard/landscaping/garden! I would so appreciate these flowers and would cherish them deeply!

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  312. Charleville on

    Oh just like dahlias, I don’t know which one to pick! I’m a mixture of A, B, and D.. I’m a fairly new flower farmer, but certainly a quick study, and now mildly obsessed. Dahlias have quickly become one of my favorites. Check out my IG feed of the same name for proof that I will love and care for those little tubers down here in Arkansas.

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  313. Alejandro Hernandez on

    I think I would consider myself having an obssessive compulsive ? flower addiction. I grow alot of types of flowers but when it comes to Dahlias, oh my I’ve only had the opportunity to grow one kind of dahlia. Thats the one that they sell in-store only. I’d love to grow a variety of dahlias, to fill up the gaps in the garden….Best Luck to everyone, May the odds ever be in your favor. ✌

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  314. Elizabeth on

    I’m a new gardener, daughter of a woman who has moved her plants with her across the country and who sends me snapchats of her garden’s progress; this fall I’m getting married to someone who loves to spend a day with her hands in the dirt. We’re planning a November wedding with dahlias galore. Big full dahlias are my favorite flowers, they’re so strong and bold. My sweetie bought me dahlias while we were falling in love and now we’re planting them in our own little garden. We have a few already, but having some from the Floret Farm would be so special!! xo

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  315. lauren on

    I’m definitely mostly A. I’ve had successful vegetable/fruit gardens in the past, but I’m newly obsessed with all things flowers and have just started my first flower garden. Dahlias are my favorite flowers, and I would love to get my hands on some of yours!

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  316. Kimberly on

    I’m an A. I would love to have a bigger yard so that I can move up.

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  317. Sue V on

    I love, love, love dahlias! I don’t have a favorite but tend to be drawn to pom poms. It doesn’t matter the color, they are all amazing! My most favorite is a stunning white that I got at a yard sale from a group of gardening nuns. Their convent was moving and they were lovingly selling all their tubers. I garden in Edmonds, WA and think I’m an E) mostly self-taught, gardening for 35 years, love adding new plants to my collection. Thanks for your daily inspiration on instagram (I’m shadybrookwa) and your blog.

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  318. Marlys on

    We just moved into our first home, so I’m an A, but I’m looking forward to learning more!

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  319. Terri T on

    I, like you, am a delightfully happy D. My daughter/partner in the flower biz is an A, but is definitely a D when it comes to Dahlias. I have been following in your footsteps for all the years, and she is now right there beside me – a pure joy! She is at a farmers’ market today and does not have access to your blog, so I’m submitting this on her behalf – she would be thrilled to have your Dahlias in her collection! xoxox

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  320. Valerie Geller on

    Man oh man those dahlias are gorgeous. I’m most definitely an A whereas my mother is a B. She’s spent many years planting flowers in our backyard and turning it into what I would call our secret garden. She’s got the green thumb and at times I think she just says bippity boppity boop! And voila the garden grows. I would love to win one of the collections and gift to my mother so we can together share a lovely afternoon and cherish that time spent together.

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  321. Julia Rutherford on

    I like to pronounce them as Dahhhlias, in a sort of Catherine Hepbern manner… As a novice gardener of 30 who has some accumulated knowledge gleaned my garden savvy papa, I would say I am a solidly between an A and B(A+?) with a dash of C and a healthy smattering of D. I am a Musician, Artist and Nanny who reads cookbooks and has her hands in the soil in scant minutes throughout the day. Just about to play with the irisesactually! can’t wait to venture into dahhhhlia territory!

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  322. Angela Kathryn Manke on

    I just get all swoony for dahlias!! I had them at my wedding. I wore a large floral crown of deep red and carried a huge bouquet of white. I don’t have space for a garden at my apartment but I always have fresh flowers inside. My mom has a pretty little garden she has been tending to for a year now and dahlias would be a beautiful addition. My grandmother had an enormous backyard garden she would be in daily. I have so many beautiful memories of her out in her garden. She would always complain what the sun was doing to her hands but wouldn’t wear gloves!

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  323. Kristy on

    I think I fall into B and definitely D — A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem. Dahlias and roses are my weakness. The more the merrier. Would love to add a few more to my collection. Thanks again for all you do!

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  324. Lindsay Grimes on

    I am a green thumb gardener but still learning the ropes with Dahlias. I can’t say I’ve had much success but that’s largely because I always forget to dig them up. I’ll learn my lesson one of these days.

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  325. Sophie F on

    OH! Pick me! Pick me! I fell in love with dahlias two years ago while following your blog, and then again this last September when I spent 6 weeks on friends farm in Walla Walla. It is my dream (that I’m slowly making reality) to have my own flower farm, and I have told myself that when I get dahlias it will begin! Thank you for all the inspiration you all give us!

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  326. Edita on

    I always try to have some fresh cut flowers in the house. I put them in a vase on the kitchen table and look at my 3 years old little girl picking through them, smelling them. They always make her smile.
    My favorite flowers are Dahlias. My mother was always proud of her garden. Her flowers were amazing, a specialty dahlias. I remember when she used to put them in a vase and bring them home. I sat at the kitchen table for hours looking at the fireworks of colors. They filled the room with warmth and happiness.
    To this day looking at dahlias brings me home.
    I hope it will do the same for my little girl one day.

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  327. Amy on

    I’d describe myself as a combination of B&D! I looooove Dahlias – their beautifully intricate blossoms are a true example of nature’s unbelievable ad perfect design and unmatched beauty!

    This is the first year I’ve planted dahlias as part of my garden, and I’d love to receive a sample of your glorious operation! It would be such an honor! ?

    Thank you!

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  328. Lori brown on

    I believe dahlias are my soulmate. Ever since I saw my first dahlia it is the flower that always inspires me get up and out into the garden no matter how over whelmed I might be with work or weeds. Giving someone a bouquet with dahlias has been a great way to share that inspiration and energy.

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  329. Melissa Brown on

    Ooooo!! Dahlias!! I’m pretty much a “B”…novice flower farmer with a total weakness for ALL of the dahlias :) I have about 75 different varieties in the field and I’m so excited to see how they all do! Sending you lots of love Erin :)

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  330. Sarah on

    How beautiful!

    I’m somewhere between an A, B and E. Personally, I’ve only just begun to dive in to planting and nurturing flowers in my moms garden, but I’ve enough years of experience by proxy from watching her that I’m beginning to move in to B territory. But there’s a little bit of E in me, which is “newly discovering my desire to be surrounded by all things dahlia even if my mom can’t garden as much anymore.” I would love to surprise her with some gorgeous new dahlias!

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  331. Jenn Henry on

    I’m definitely (D)a total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection (and seed packet hoarding) problem- and I’m very proud to say that I’m turning my husband over to the green side :) He wants to know all the varieties and characteristics of everything we’re planting this year so that when anyone stops by for a visit he’ll be able to share his plant love and knowledge. Hooray for the dahls!

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  332. Mia R on

    I’m a C, been working in flower farming do a couple of years, and ready to take the leap to my own flower farm next season. (Yes!) I’m building my collection of dahlias – I’m going to need about a quarter acre of them! It would be amazing to start some of your faves this year in preparation. Thanks for all you do!!

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  333. Melisa on

    I’m somewhere between A and B. Was able to grow a few dahlias last season!!!

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  334. Madison Miller on

    I would categorize myself under A : “new kid on the block just getting into gardening.” Although I’m not a seasoned gardener, I would love to try my hand with these dahlias. They are one of my very favorite flowers! I actually had never heard of them until I saw them on florets Instagram & I always loved the posts that include them.

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  335. Robert Wallace on

    Hi Erin, I guess I would be classified as” been around the block”. I have been flower farming going on my fifth year and sometimes I wonder what the heck have I got myself into. I would love to grow some of your bejeweled dahlias on my little farm. That way I can say that I share in the beauty of Floret Farm right here in humble Idaho!

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  336. Caleb Whitfield on

    Oh man…a little bit of B, C, and D!
    I’ve been focusing on flowers the last five seasons, but I’m taking the plunge and trying dahlias for the first time this year. I would love to try some of your favorites!

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  337. Jen W on

    I am both a B and a D, though my plant obsession is definitely with orchids! I have a growing collection (no pun intended) that’s slowly overtaking the house. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  338. Cheyanne Alaniz on

    I would consider myself a “B” but my mom who has been teaching me everything she knows is definitely a “D”. I would love to surprise her with some dahlia tubers.

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  339. Susan on

    I am a novice home Gardner I have a fairly large vegetable garden but am giving more space to flowers as I am obsessed with having fresh flowers in the house.

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  340. Autumn on

    New kid on the block, here! We moved about a year ago from Fl to a colder state, so I’m still trying to get used to the climate change and gardening.

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  341. Neah on

    Would love to receive some beautiful dahlias! I am a newbie flower gardener as I just moved into my first house this past year. Dahlias are
    my favorite flower. I work part time as a florist and I love when we get them in to design with.

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  342. Nancy Greenberg on

    Dahlias, oh dahlias, I have long admired your beauty, bodacious and fancy but I have been in a relationship with Peonies that has emptied my pocketbook. I will make room for you in my front garden since there is already room in my heart for you.

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  343. Jamie Hill on

    I am definitely “A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem”!! I have a large yard in Oregon and I completely need more dahlias. A girl can never have enough! It would be an honor to with some stunning Floret Flowers tubers in my garden. A fantastic addition indeed. Thank you for the chance to win!! ~ Happy Gardening ~

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  344. Ari on

    I am E) a person who is looking to be able to create beautiful things for myself and others through flowers. I was able to create everything for my own wedding – and always use wholesale florists/local growers for education, inspiration, and variety.
    Hoping to add Dahlia’s to my new collection!

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  345. Libby on

    I admit it: I am a plant geek!! Today the Evening Primrose bloomed.. I carried it down here when we moved, and originally it was from my Mothers fared many, many years ago . She loved them, so they are special to me. And then, I have dark red Dahlias that came from my Grandmother to Mother to me. It’s a family thing!

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  346. Janelle W on

    Those are beautiful! I’d say “B” best describes me. I haven’t tried dahlias yet but I’d love to grow some. They are beautiful!

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  347. Ilana on

    I’m a novice who planted my first roses a few months ago. I love seeing your pictures on Instagram every day!. I just dug up a portion of our yard and planted a assortment of flowers. I would love adding your Dahlias to my garden in sunny Southern California!

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  348. Janna on

    Option Z: I am OBSESSED with dahlias!! I go to the local dahlia mans stand every 5 days when they are in season. For my September wedding (11) years ago he allowed me and my florist to come pick as many flowers as we wanted for $150. We picked over 2,000!! My florist had large dahlia “kissing balls” hanging down the aisles and up front on shepherds hooks. It was so beautiful!! I love them!! ?

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  349. Allison on

    I’m a fairly seasoned gardener that has just recently fallen head first in love with the flower world. A world that I have a lot to learn about. When I’m not in the garden my nose is in a flower book, or probably your blog finding all the info that I can. I just planted all of my dahlias a couple of weeks ago. Now it won’t stop raining! Sheesh. Hopefully this is not a hard lesson.

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  350. Shari D. on

    E, I guess. I am a backyard gardener with a steadily-shrinking lawn so that I can fit more flowers in! Dahlias become very earwig-infested in my garden and I’m opposed to pesticides, so I grow them down at my dad’s place and they are BEAUTIFUL there. He just had a heart procedure and needs me to plant some new varieties of dahlias to cheer him up. :)

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  351. Cindy on

    I’m a green thumb gardener & a plant geek, space permitting in our community garden. Thank you for your wonderful giveaways!

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  352. Kate Graham on

    Oh Erin you are such an inspiration and an encouragement to find and foster beauty in the world! I am a green thumb gardener with an ever-growing patch in the backyard and a booth at our weekly farmers market. I have valued the dahlia advice you’ve shared on the blog, and would love to grow some of your favorites!

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  353. Amanda on

    I’d say a combo of A and B! I’d have flowers in every room if my budget allowed and am hoping to one day have as green a thumb as my mama! She always has something in bloom and I love it.

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  354. Han on

    I’m a D :) Been following your instagram and blog and I’m mesmerized by your dahlias! Was lucky to have dollar plate, creamy peach dahlias at my wedding and fell in love. I’ve been searching for a reputable place to get dahlia tubers from for my garden, which is a combination of vegetables, fruit trees and succulents. Would be thrilled to nurture your dahlias in my home!

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  355. Margaux Bolton on

    bahhh!! I would say I am both B) A green thumb gardener or novice flower farmer and D) A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem, with a heavy emphasis on flower collection problem. By far my favorite thing to put in the ground were your tubers, and I would love to add to my Floret collection. I blasted hip-hop, mostly Drake, while I was planting them…”started from the bottom now we’re here…” I was thinking maybe Claude Debussy, but remembered how you told the workshop about blaring gangsta rap on the boombox. And let me tell you, I got those babies in the ground fast, nothing like some music to get you moving and grooving. So, not only am I trying to grow dahlias in the hot and humid southeast, but we had crazy amounts of rainfall last week, and I am worried about some tubers rotting. I was that crazy cat lady (read:flower nut) running through a thunderstorm to cover the dahlia beds with black tarps. I would love to have some tubers on back up in case my worst nightmare happens. And yes, I have nightmares about short stem length or tornadoes taking out my fields. Also, I might cry when I see Bracken Rose bloom. Sending everyone at Floret big love!

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  356. Sarah Cosper on

    oh my goodness I have never seen these in real life! And A!

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  357. Jamie Leake on

    E) As a floral designer I have gushed over the local fall dahlia crop for years, but have yet to take the plunge and grow my own. Would love to give it a try and create my own lovelies. Thanks for giving us a chance to win!!

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  358. Susan Hawkins on

    I am a novice home Gardner with a fairly large vegetable garden that I have decided to give more space to growing flowers. I am obsessed with having fresh flowers in the house.

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  359. Kelley B on

    hmm would have to oddly be a mix of A and D… a new-to-flower-farming-totally annoying to anyone who will listen-plant geek-plugging in seeds and plants wherever I can get water to-knowing all this learning will bring mistakes no doubt-up for the challenge! It would be awesome to have a tried and true dahlia collection from you!

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  360. Karen Lee on

    I am B) a green thumb gardener with a small sunny yard with small garden beds and a p-patch plot that I rent to grow veggies and a few flowers. I love to help new gardeners with gardening advice and plant starts, etc.

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  361. Ellen Veith on

    OHH- I love dahlias!! And honestly despite my life long love affair with flowers, including a floral designer, dried flower farm, wreath maker, painter and now gallerist- I have yet to really have a chance to embrace that beautiful flower in my garden. I don’t even know why?? Some of my favorite weddings included them for sure- so pretty with berried foliages- * sigh* Pick me, so I can pick them:) Thank you for your beautiful photos, and I wish I was closer to floret- I would design with abandon with those beautiful blooms!

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  362. Sarah Swalley on

    I’m a b) love to garden and have a new space this year that is sorely missing some flowers, and I’ve been asking and looking around for dahlia tubers and apparently I’ve missed my window with my local nurseries.
    Would *love* your beautiful tubers to plant his year! Flowers are my heart ?

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  363. Jean S on

    Well, I live just up the road from Swan Island Dahlias, so ….. you know.

    I started growing dahlias in 2001, when my town started its community garden program at what had been an old dairy farm. Open space, all sun all the time. I was one of the first to put in dahlias that year, and I’ve grown them ever since. What generous beauties.

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  364. Katie on

    About a B as far as farming. But I LOVE dahlias. They are my favorite FAVORITE flower.

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  365. Laura on

    A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening

    Was introduced to Dahlias through a grandparent’s love for dinner plate ones in upstate new york. Fell in love during wedding planning and had gorgeous red deep red dahlias at my wedding. Have been a fan ever since! and a huge fan of your instagram/blog! really wish your farm is closer to New york so I can come visit and volunteer my labor! <3

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  366. Craig on

    I’m definitely in the A category, but love your flowers so much!

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  367. Evanka on

    I love your instagram page and that is what brought me to your blog! I have always loved flowers and seeing the life that you live that revolves around flowers is like watching a dream play out. I’m definitely A) a new kid on the block to gardening; I have just gotten into gardening and am more of a farmers market flower buyer! But a adore your Dahlia’s and would love to be able to grow some of my own!

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  368. Meredith on

    I’m an A) A new kid on the block just getting into gardening. Have to start somewhere!

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  369. Ariel Stephan on

    I am definitely a novice gardener! Growing up we had a huge flower garden- roses, peony, daisies, tulips, iris, viburnum.. To name a few. I would love to start my own. Hopefully my mother will be willing to teach me all she knows.

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  370. Trina AuBuchon on

    Love me some Dahlias! Here in SE Missouri I don’t even have to take them up in the fall just a good mulch keeps them safe. I’d love to have a few of your favorites added to my collection.

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  371. Diana Swezey on

    A probably describes me best. I have always loved flowers and am trying a perennial bed this year. I’d like to add your flowers !

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  372. Dani Graham on

    I’m a B/D Combo… I’ve gardened since my childhood and LOVE it. I tell my kiddos I’ll do it till the day I die… and that it will keep me young! ;-) I never had the though of doing it as a career until my SIL shared your site with me… it’s been a flurry of digging, research and plant hoarding ever since! hehehe… I would be honored to have a few of your dahlias! Thank you so much for all your wisdom and for sharing it so generously with all of us readers!
    ~Dani

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  373. Rhonda Delaney on

    Dahlia’s are new to me! I am working at creating a cutting selections so these would be a great addition ?? LOVE all of your pictures. Inspiring to say the least!!!’

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  374. Erica Gerston on

    A mix of all of those ? I have a degree in botany, but squeeze my love of plants in between owning a small business, milking goats ( and making cheese) and spending time with my cute family. Life is full but life is good!

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  375. Cindy on

    My dad grew dahlias when I was little girl. I am excited to be growing some with my boys @mamasboyflowers this summer! We are watching our first crop of dahlias emerge now and anxious for blooms! would love more!

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  376. Marla Caldwell on

    I’m a B/D combination. With a vast barn lot that I have been mowing for years I have now envisioned all the flowers I have wanted to grow! Now is the time. MY time to grow grow grow is here. I have access to my husband’s grandmother’s flowers. It’s time to move those starts back home where they began. I must say that the dahlias are fast becoming my all time favorite. I don’t mind the idea of digging to plant and harvest. I love the beauty of each color, size and variety. Loving starting my flower farm!

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  377. Emily R. on

    New kid on the block. This is the first year I’ve had enough land to really plant anything!

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  378. Brianna on

    I would die to get my hands on some of the beautiful flowers you grow. I am for sure “A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem” I never knew I had this interest until I lived in London for 6 months and I came home and changed my major to landscape, so in love. Crossing my finger for some of these beauties.

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  379. flowerpowermomma on

    I think I’m an E. Gardening most of my life, veggie and flowers, now just flowers. Took the master gardener class but still so much to learn I don’t feel qualified to claim the title. Dahlias have become a fascinating flower for me recently with having grown a few. Was scouting the garden centers last week in search of some to plant. So far none have made it home with me.

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  380. Patty C on

    I’m definitely a novice flower farmer. This year will be the first try at planting some beautiful flowers on my Father’s family farm. I would love to ad some more varieties of your gorgeous Dahlias to the mix!

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  381. Lindsay on

    I’m a new kid on the block trying flower farming for my first season this hear and am a huge dahlia lover.

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  382. Jessica Merrick on

    Greetings! I’m 38 and have been flowering on since 1999. I completed the Master Gardener program in 2004 and have always had small home gardens. Last year my husband and I bought a farm, this is my first year actually growing to sell locally at Farmers Market. I’m completely intimidated but super stoked about the upcoming season. Gotta give it a go rather than die with regret! :)

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  383. Ellon St. Croix on

    Dahlias are my favorite flowers! I’m not a very talented gardener, but my roommate is! I know she would love to help make our backyard garden more beautiful!

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  384. George Orser on

    Seasoned produce grower expanding into flower production MUST HAVE DAHLIAS.

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  385. Ashley Howard on

    I’m a newbie, but have BIG dreams of flower farming our land! Slowly starting but dirt under the nails, rubber boots and gardening shears are everyday essentials. Looking forward to calling myself “A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem” in the future.

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  386. Jane in MI on

    I fall between a B and a C! I love flowers and have grown them for years in my yard, gone through the Master Gardner program, but this year I have put in 7- 120′ beds and I need to fill them up!! I would be honored to have some of your dahlia’s in my new flower farm!

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  387. Rachel C. on

    Definitely D! D) A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem! I grew up on a farm and have been gardening my entire life.

    Your dahlias are gorgeous!

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  388. kerry hobart on

    I love gardening. I have since I was a kid. I have a backyard garden that flows over into neighbors yard. I am lucky that they don’t care. I have never tried Dahlias so would love to give them a try.

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  389. Tracie on

    E Have had beautiful flower gardens, but starting from scratch at this house. Winning Dahlias would be an incredible jump start. Love, Love, Love your flowers!!!!

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  390. Katie Heley on

    I’m barely a B! I love dahlias and had success planting a few bulbs this year. Thanks for running such an awesome giveaway!! I love our FB posts….and would love some more dahlias!!

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  391. Corina on

    E: over-the-moon old english rose lover who adores daliahs but never manages to plant them in time!

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  392. Amanda Burnette on

    I’m trying my hand at growing for my flower clients this year! I’m kind of a combination of a complete and total newbie with the heart of a seasoned vet plant/flower collector. I’m very lucky to have the guidance of my Master Gardener mother-in-law, and can’t wait to see how things go and grow this year! Dahlias are, hands down, my most favorite flower (peonies, who?) and I cannot wait until I can walk out into my backyard for my fix!!

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  393. Erin on

    Totally a new kid on the block who is excitedly watching her first flower garden sprout! Love reading your blog!

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  394. Kathy on

    I’d say “B” probably fits me the best. Gardening is my joy, peace, way of spreading goodness. It gives me much to share with friends, family, and passersby. Dahlias are a big feature of my garden and I love how they take us all the way from summer to the freezing weather with spectacular blooms. They have rapidly become one of my favorite flowers and this was the first year I had enough to divide and give away… it makes me so happy that five friends have some in their gardens this year. I would just love to try a few new kinds and the peachy/russet/dusky sherbet colors you grow are some of my favorite hues. Thanks so much for all of your garden inspiration and the wisdom you freely share. I’ve loved your recent series of posts in particular.

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  395. Stephanie McCready on

    AH! This is me… A new kid on the block just getting into gardening….
    We bought a house from a 90-year old woman who was a serious plant collector and we are just trying to take it all in and learn… sadly… no dahlias in her collection. Would LOVE some of your amazing stock :) Cheers!

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  396. Anneke on

    I’m a little of a&b, flower obsessed, garden lover. I’ve been admiring your work for awhile, such an amazing eye!

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  397. Catherine in MI on

    So generous and exciting!!!

    I am a novice flower farmer that is quickly running out of space and begging the husband to tear up more of my yard. I just put in 5 dahlia tubers and am looking forward to those. Last year, I grew them in deep pink (see? Still too new to remember what they were called!) with good results.

    Love, love, love the photo of you holding a bunch in the field!

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  398. DaNae Smith on

    I am a pro-flower lover (25+years as a retail florist) with a green thumb but a novice flower farmer (trying to get started). I ordered 3 Cafe au Lait dahlia tubers from Floret this year (I was one of your filled orders! :) Just starting out learning to grow Dahlias! Thanks for all you do!

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  399. Serah on

    I am definitely D) definitely a plant geek but only started planting dahlias in the last couple of years. You are such a giver!!!

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  400. Anna Stouffer on

    I’m a new gardener but fill up every square inch of my 2’x8′ garden!!! I love growing!!

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  401. Ashley Hallmark on

    Good gracious, those are such gorgeous flowers. My dahlia love goes back to childhood when the task of potting new flowers with my Mom on the porch was seen as a mere task to get through before running down to the creek. Now, as an adult, I love flowers, but grasp only the rudimentary elements of keeping them alive: don’t overwater, make sure the soil has good drainage, and check the planting guide to see if they need full shade or partial. We have moved a lot over the last five years, but my goal is to have a garden space within the next year that flourishes and one where I can dedicate time and energy to learning beyond the basics. Plus, I just want to be surrounded by beautiful flowers and eat food that I have grown. Beautiful giveaway!

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  402. Lynn Payne on

    I’m a”A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem”!! My mother grew dahlias, and I’ve started to collect them as well, and would be so thrilled to add some of your beautiful Floret dahlias to my collection!! I have 2 new beds going in this weekend specifically for dahlias and I “need” some more tubers :) Thank you for your generosity and the chance.

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  403. Beth S on

    I fall into the “A” category! I’ve grown flowers for fun before, but this is my first season official flower farming. So far it has been one big ole learning experience, and I can’t to share our flowers with our excited flower CSA members & our market customers this season. I adore dahlias, and can’t wait to snip my first stems! Thank you so much for you ongoing work and knowledge sharing Erin! I regularly pull up your blog posts on growing different flowers to reference in the field. I’d be lost without them!

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  404. Carolyn Higgins on

    This British ex pat girl would love a few dahlias to add to her collection! They would bring more sweet memories of home – gardening with Grandad and my father in law’s favourite flower to grow in happy days gone by. Thanks for sharing!

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  405. Felicity Allcorn on

    I’m a novice flower farmer and seasoned designer. Dahlias are simply gorgeous!

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  406. Nancy on

    Garden Diva :) Have planted almost everything but Dahlia’s, so I’d love to WIN a few! You have beautiful plants, design, and lovely images!

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  407. Sheryl Spaans on

    I have been planting flowers for years, and only last year did I get up the nerve to plant Dahlias! I.am.in.LOVE. I thought they were difficult to grow, but they came up beautifully. I have 4 tubers to my name, and I gently packed them away last fall to enjoy them this year. I would love to add new colors to my tiny collection! Thank you for being so generous with your followers!

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  408. Jay on

    Arr! this is too amazing. I’m definitely “A.” My husband and I just purchased our first home a year ago and are slowly discovering that the black thumbs we thought we had are not actually so black, they’re starting to turn a liiiittle brown-green now that we’ve managed to get a small vegetable garden going as well as growing our own flowers (begonias, oriental lilies, hyacinths and gladiolas). Dahlias had always been around in my grandmother’s garden when I was growing up so seeing them brings over rushes of love and nostalgia. They always reminded me of sunsets with pink and orange puffs of clouds. I’d love to add some to my garden and bring those feelings back to my own home and garden now.

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    • Kristina lindsley on

      OOOH HOW THIS NEWBIE GARDENER WOULD LOVE SOME DAHLIA TUBERS. FELL IN LOVE AT FIRST Sight! My dreams are filled with flowers and their blooms oh what a dream! Kzmami in Grand Terrace, California

  409. Betsy McCormick on

    I’m really enjoying your FB posts. The pictures bring tears to my eyes ~ the sheer beauty is overwhelming.
    Thank you!

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  410. Cathi Lamoreux on

    I am a combination of C & D!! I love dahlias in any shape, color, form!

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  411. Miranda Goulet on

    I am definitely “A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a flower collection problem”!! I have a large backyard in San Jose, CA, and I have about 50 dahlia plants that are currently growing. It would be an honor to “geek out” with some stunning Floret Flowers tubers in my garden. A fantastic addition indeed. Thank you for the chance!! ~~fingers and toes crossed~~

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    • Roxanne on

      I’d have to say I’m an E. I like to try new things in my garden along with those I know work. I like to buy half dead plants and bring them back to life. I like to start some from seeds. I plant flowers that bloom all different times so I always have flowers. Seem to have the best luck with cut and come again zinnias. But my garden looks like an English Garden! It’s my therapy.

  412. Liisa on

    Oh dear, how I would love to win some of your lovely dahlias. I would say option D best describes me “A total, utter, unabashed plant geek with a serious flower obsession (i.e. pretty much constantly thinking and dreaming about gardening, flowers, and plants) and a growing flower collection problem. I would eat nothing but pancakes for a month in order to increase my plant budget, but I don’t think my husband will go for it. ;)

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    • Rachel Nafis on

      I am an experienced vegetable gardener but new to the world of flowers! “C!” You have been such an inspiration! This year I’m attempting to grow zinnias, bachelor buttons, cosmos, calendula, sunflowers, yarrow, globe amaranth, and sweet peas. Would love more than anything to add some dahlias!

    • Sheila on

      C with d tendencies. Love dahlias!!!!

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