|There are 2 Dahlia 'Fairway Spur' and 4 'Terracotta' in this arrangement. The grower described 'Fairway Spur' as "tangerine" and 'Terracotta' as "peachy brown." The earliest blooms of 'Terracotta' were larger than those included here.|
|I once again used the prolific blooms of the zinnias in my cutting garden to fill out the back of my vase|
|Clockwise from the left: Dahlia 'Fairway Spur' next to 2 Dahlia 'Terracotta'; Abelia 'Kaleidoscope'; Agonis flexuosa 'Nana'; Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'; Tanacetum parthenium; and peach and pink Zinnia elegans|
The second dinnerplate is Dahlia 'Hakuyou'. I picked it perhaps a day or 2 earlier than I should have but, as the heatwave that began yesterday could extend through next weekend, I decided I should take advantage of the bloom while I can. It also functions as a nice counterpoint to the first vase, icy in contrast to the more fiery aspect of the first vase.
|For the longest vase life, Floret Flowers, the source of all my dahlia tubers except Dahlia 'Hakuyou', recommends picking the blooms when the flowers are three-quarters open, before the back petals become dehydrated or papery in appearance|
Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill', another dinnerplate variety, appears to be just about to bloom so, if the heatwave doesn't put a quick end to it, I may have it to share next week. In the meantime, to find more arrangements created from materials on hand, visit our IaVoM host, Cathy at Rambling in the Garden.
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