Dahlia flowers are beloved for their vibrant colours and bold shapes. They are grown in many gardens and allotments all over the city, and make an appearance in flower stores at this time of year. There are many ways to use dahlias from gift giving to wedding corsages, bouquets, boutonnières, and centrepieces or in your own home.
I recently came across dinner plate dahlias for the first time, and like the name says they are the size of dinner plates, and unbelievably beautiful. Needless to say the one bloom is sufficient on it’s own in a vase, or if you have a very large vase you could stagger the cutting length and have a few on show.
Dahlias were first discovered by tribes in Central Mexico around 1550 and rediscovered by a man named Andreas Dahl, who named these flowers Dahlias. Popularity increased in the 1800s and thousands of varieties were documented. At first dahlia tubers were used as food crop to supplement potatoes but later it was decided they were more suited for decoration rather than food.
Gardeners new to growing dahlia flowers can experiment. If you have no luck with one variety then try another, especially if they are grown as annuals. Although they are grown as annuals, the bulbs can be dug up shortly after the first frost, dried out for a couple of days and stored away and then replanted in the spring time.
Weddings with dahlias are growing more popular, and last weekend at the store, we put together some lovely centerpieces for a wedding. Here are the photos we took:
Nicola Bishop works at East of Eliza