In a vase on Monday: Fading dahlias on an unpainted shelf

IMG_0278My Café au Lait dahlias were longing to be picked, their oversized heads drooping in the November drizzle. They have been out for over a month now, and still the flowers are firm and fabulous, though just turning the hint of brown at the edges. I could see they were going to be zapped by a frost sooner or later, and thought they would be better off inside. The leaves of the plants are spotting black already. The unopened buds that remain on them may never open, now that the sun passes over the garden in less than an hour.

IMG_0275This yellow jug was the perfect vessel, and here it stands on the open shelves of our kitchen, which Henry the painter has yet to paint. I tried adding other flowers to the jug, but I had nothing that did my dahlias justice.

I could not have predicted that my dahlia experiment would be this successful. Next year I shall move them to a sunnier spot and perhaps invest in more varieties.

IMG_0281 In a vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at Rambling in the Garden so please follow this link to her blog and see all the wonderful vases that have been created today by other garden bloggers.




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  1. They’re just stunning! I think they definitely deserve some more sun next year…

  2. Beautiful. I agree, that yellow vase is the perfect touch. Your photo looks like a Dutch still life

  3. Gorgeous – looks like a page right out of a homestyle magazine!

  4. Your Café au Lait dahlias are delightful. Great images.

  5. So pretty. I grow Cafe au Lait too, they are such a pretty colour and such huge heads. They look lovely in your jug.

  6. Yes, they didn’t need anything else – they look perfect in this simple yellow jug. Julie of Peonies and Posies is very fond of this dahlia and I can see why…thanks for sharing

  7. I grew these this year, but the voles chewed the tubers so much they barely grew. So it is a joy to see yours in this wonderful vase.

  8. All dahlias are pretty but this one is downright gorgeous! It needs no accompaniment.

  9. That’s a fabulous dahlia which is on my wish list for next year. The yellow jug sets the flowers off to perfection.

  10. The yellow jug is absolutely perfect to display these pretty dahlias and bring out the yellow of the centres. Gorgeous!

  11. Ann Edwards Photography 4 November 2015 — 2:37 pm

    I have heard a lot about Cafe au Lait, but had not seen such lovely images of them until now – so pretty!

  12. Lovely cafe au lait, definately try some more next year, in a sunnier spot, they are such good value, flowering for ages.

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