One Fine Dahlia


While ‘Totally Tangerine’ is now pumping out its perksome dayglo shuttlecocks like an overactive tennis ball machine, my other dahlias are taking much longer to produce. So I was delighted, while tidying up the back garden this weekend, to find an enormous pink flowerhead from ‘Bacardi’ quite low down and nestled among some foliage.

The aim was to avoid creating a similar vase to this one, since all the same flowers are still going strong in the garden. But in striving to make a different selection, some of which in retrospect don’t really go, I’ve created more of a happy muddle than a coherent arrangement. The dill, which is so delicate and graceful, belongs in a different type of arrangement altogether. (Or on my roast salmon. Either would be better than here.) And the foliage, which is gigantic strawberry leaves, has turned the vase into something else entirely from what I originally intended. Very often, less is more. I’m looking forward with great anticipation to the week when all my dahlias are in bloom together so I can create a pure dahlia vase: no foliage, no dill, perhaps a rose or two.



In a Vase on Monday is hosted by the shimmering Cathy at Rambling in the Garden. I recommend that you visit her page to see her wonderful pink vase, where you will also find links to many other vases created by fellow garden bloggers today.


13 thoughts on “One Fine Dahlia

  1. I think you’ve sold the arrangement short. The dill and Crocosmia add a sense of movement and personality to the the overall composition and of course you can’t go wrong with a dahlia that beautiful.

  2. I know just what you mean about dahlias – mine are still appearing singly most of the time too! I agree the croscosmia really adds to the vase although like you I am not convinced about the dill. And the blue bloom (osteospermum?) is curving most attractively and somehow links with the tall blue/purple spike and the crocosmia to frame the other blooms – thanks for sharing. Oh, and shimmering…? 😉

  3. Your blog post appeared on Tuesday morning again, so weird. I like the arrangement and think it has a lot of graceful movement from the Dill and Crocsimina, though the Dill would be good on Salmon. The Dahlia is spectacular. Sometimes less is more ends up less is a bore.

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