It’s Amy Merrick here, mastermind behind Design*Sponge’s Living In column. Starting this week, I will be contributing floral posts to the site every other Friday, attempting to fill the big hole in our hearts left by the beloved ladies of Studio Choo. I’ll be wooing you with tips, tricks, triumphs and tribulations from my Brooklyn-based floral business, all with the express purpose of getting you excited about living with flowers and plants. Studio tours from my favorite florists, seasonal DIY projects, photos of ridiculously gorgeous flowers, where to buy the best supplies, the occasional tangential houseplant rambling — I’m so excited to get this flower party started. — Amy M.
Read more about dahlias after the jump!
But enough about me. Let’s talk about you. More specifically, you sitting at home with a small vase of dahlias while sipping hot cider. It is fall, after all. A wool plaid blanket is not optional.
Dahlias are fall’s worst kept flower secret. We florists love them, adore them, wait for them all year and then stamp our feet when we can’t get them anymore. We sometimes stare longingly at them as we drift off to sleep, but more often than not, they keep us up at night with worry. Let’s face it — unless you cut your own, dahlias are a short-lived beauty. We hold them close to our hearts for the brief time we have them, much like Carl Sagan says about us, “We are like butterflies who flutter for a day and think it’s forever.” Sniff.
These insanely gorgeous specimens were grown by my dear friend Frances Palmer, a potter who throws equally gorgeous vases to match her flower-gardening skills. As the dahlia queen of New England, she knows better than any that fall means gorging yourself on as many dahlias as you can until first frost.
Let’s all follow her lead and enjoy the little time we have with these babies. Clipping stems every day, changing water, keeping them out of the bright sun and away from heat sources will let the love last longer, but most of all, come ready to appreciate a little live fast, love hard, die young in a vase.