Dahlia season is drawing to a close (tear), so we thought we’d reminisce this week with some of our favorites from the summer. There are still a few beautiful bunches around the market, but the change in bloom quality is quite noticeable as the weather gets cold, wet and windy. We also had the amazing opportunity to tend a friend’s dahlia field last month and became quite spoiled with an overabundance of these giant lovelies. — Studio Choo
We caught major dahlia fever while we were watching over the field, a little slice of heaven in Half Moon Bay. (If we didn’t have a business to run we would have been out there every morning to baby those plants.) For the owners of this plot, caring for all their plants is a real labor of love. They both have full-time jobs, but during the summer they visit the field early every morning to clean, deadhead and remove all the bugs by hand — there are no chemicals used here. They have also come up with an above-ground planting system in crates that allows for easy tuber splitting in the fall. The passion and excitement they have for these flowers is quite heart-warming; they work so hard growing them because they enjoy seeing the happiness their dahlias bring to others.
*Stay tuned for a beautiful wedding video for which Studio Choo provided the flowers!
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On our first visit to the field, we were overwhelmed with the flowers we had to choose from. We were like kids in a candy store; each flower looked bigger and better as we walked down the rows. We had a difficult time leaving any behind! The owner gave us a lesson on the right time to cut for the longest-lasting blooms, but the open flowers were so amazing that we came back with buckets full of them. They only lasted a couple of days though, so on our second visit we forced ourselves to be a bit more selective.
We even taught a few classes this summer where we shared some of our favorite ways to use dahlias in bouquets and arrangements. Large-headed flowers like these can be tricky to use because they twist and sag, so one of our favorite easy tricks is to layer them on a sturdy flower, like hydrangea. Turning them in the arrangement so they face upward also prevents the flat side effect and creates a lot of depth. We love them because they are so versatile — they are quite at home mixed with other summer friends like garden roses and hydrangea, placed in autumnal combinations of berries and leaves, or kept solo running down the center of the table. Enjoy!