My Dahlias had to go into pots to avoid gopher attacks so there weren’t a great many of them. With storms threatening, it seemed like the right time to harvest them for indoor duty. ‘Akita’ is huge and showy but the stems are weak, making them candidates for low bouquets where the rim of the vase can support their weight.
I made loops of Yucca filamentosa, securing them with toothpicks.
Curly leaves of Salix and the round seed heads of ‘Honorine de Jobert’ reinforce the loopy look.
Here’s a peek at that Anemone in better days.
and a better look at the willow.
The magenta Dahlias are called ‘Blue Boy’…don’t ask me why.
But they teamed up nicely with some Coleus, a couple of ‘Love-Lies-Bleeding’, Verbena bonariensis and Crape Myrtle foliage for a second bouquet. It’s never too late, say I, to join Cathy for In a Vase on Monday.
I like the way you made the loops of the Yucca–nice touch. You’re always so creative with your presentations, Ricki.
You are too kind, but I will bask in your praise just the same.
Nice! Those willow leaves are so cool! I saw the tree at Joy Creek last time I was there, and completely fell in love.
I sorta thought it looked like something you would like…but then what isn’t?
Haha – good point. A Style Ominvore’s dilemma… right? 😉
Oh Anna, you are such a clever wordsmith!
The dahlia is beautiful but I love the curls on the willow!
I love this willow but so do the deer. I’m running out of pots for the things that need protection from the deer and gophers.
Well done! The “love-lies-bleeding” drape like earrings. Clever to create Yucca supports for the floppy dahlias. Must try that–have plenty of flops in my garden.
Oh goody…love it when I can pass along a tip.
Both very well put together, and I’m glad you rescued your beautiful dahlia blooms from sure storm-caused demise.
And thanks for the reminder I need to add some of those Honorine de Jobert’ Anemone to my garden! (For the seed heads of course)
I can dig up some ‘Honorine’ for you any time.
What intriguing twists you have in your vase rickii – and the props complement them perfectly. Your Love Lies Bleeding must be a different variety from mine!, as it is singularly skinny. Thanks for sharing
Next year I hope to try some other Amaranths: Dreadlocks and a green one. Do you remember which one you have? I like its bulkiness.
Ricki, you’ve outdone yourself. You solved the short-stem dahlia problem with a great arrangement. I like the yucca leaf treatment and wow, the round seed heads of ‘Honorine de Jobert’ are amazing.
Honorine is resplendent in all of her manifestations. That’s why I encourage her to reproduce at will.
Great ideas for short stemmed dahlias! Your arrangements are wonderful as always!
Sometimes perceived drawbacks can lead to new ways of doing things. You prove that over and over with your Monday vases.