Dahlias in mason jars
One of the things I look forward to every summer and fall is dahlias. These outlandishly vibrant, over-sized flowers have become a favorite for me. I'm lucky to have a great dahlia source in Costa Mesa (a neighbor city in Southern California). Leah Banks sells them out of her yard. Leah's dahlias are nothing short of incredible. They are enormous, vibrant, incredibly healthy and she has many varieties. Leah lets you walk her yard and pick each flower. She handcuts each dahlia for you. If you are in the area between now and October and want to check out her dahlias, you can call Leah at 949-642-8107. Here are some of my favorites:
My lazy arrangements for a summer dinner party
I have come to rely on my blue mason jars and rustic frog lids for quick tabletop arrangements. They take all of 5 minutes to put together, are low enough so they don't interfere with conversation, and provide bright pops of color all the way down the middle of the table. I have used them with roses, sunflowers, orchids and now dahlias.
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The do's and don't of dahlias
Cut your dahlias on a 45 degree angle to maximize the area of the stem that drinks water.
Cauterize the cut stems under a flame for 3 seconds. This helps the dahlias drink water. Put only 2" of water in your vases. Trim any leaves that are below the waterline.
Mist dahlias daily. Dahlias take water in through their petals and misting helps keep them hydrated.