Delightful Delicious Dahlias
As you know, I don’t like to bring current events into the blog, usually preferring to use it as a place for tranquility to share and discuss design and lifestyle issues, some reflection and sometimes smiles. But the horrific recent events have been so upsetting and sad one wonders with despair about the direction the world is heading. I wanted to acknowledge this. So many are saying what I feel that in this environment one must have some time to reflection on beauty to keep our sanity. It is not frivolous and ignoring the problems but a bit of beauty helps refuel the battered spirit in a harsh world.
I am so fortunate that I can retreat back to the sanctuary of Weatherstone, where not only has it been a monumental rose season, but my dahlias too have reached new heights – and widths for that matter! Some of them really have been the size of dinner plates, and with that girth, often more difficult to arrange, so I have taken to using them as individual table pieces.
Dahlias have long been one of my favorites, even when they fell out of favor and fashion with many people– but by now I’m sure that doesn’t surprise you, where flowers are concerned, I seldom follow fashion and trends, and stick with what I like, and advise you to do the same!
I had promised to show my fourth of July table to some of you and here it is good for the fourth and any summer event as well.
The deep reds are some of my favorites!
One of the most important things to remember is that dahlias don’t continue to open once cut i.e. they stay as they are, frozen in time. In effect this means you can enjoy them until they are fully open in the garden, then transfer them to an arrangement as required. One of the longest lasting cut flowers, the variety is extraordinary – with many plain and variegated specimens in every color but blue. In a garden they last throughout summer, only fading with the first frost and, as tubers, they can be stored during the winter months, so actually become a very good investment over time. We wrap them in newspaper (who said we were fancy?!) and store them in the cellar until early spring when we plant them initially in pots, in the hoop house then move them, when the weather permits into the cutting garden. This could be the seventh year for some of mine – by which time they have become old friends…..and let’s face it, that sort of comfort is just what we need right now.
I am now going to try an attach a couple videos if I can remember how – my tech teacher is on vacation and I am feeling helpless!!