I may not have incorporated dahlias into a Vase on Monday for a little while, but they have been used in posies for friends – and I also have a vase of assorted dahlias on the kitchen table, victims of a lack of appropriate staking.
‘David Howard’ has been particularly generous with his blooms so when I started looking for inspiration for today’s vase I plucked all of them that were open. Rejecting a range of vases and jugs, I utilised instead a stoneware pot that normally sits on the kitchen
windowsill, holding numerous mini-spatulas (and you can never have too many of those, or at least I can’t). In hindsight, I could have used one of my vintage ceramic marmalade pots, and given the post a different title, but instead I went down the golden route, celebrating the glorious orange shades of this iconic dahlia and pairing it with an iron pyrites sphere, a mineral commonly known as fool’s gold.
Incidentally, last week’s vase still looks striking, despite the faded rose. The only remaining freshness is the leaves of the rose, but the fading of other elements and the increased fluffiness of the miscanthus only adds to its charm.
We certainly don’t need to have fresh flowers for our Monday vases, nor need it even be flowers, so please see what you can find in your garden or forage locally to pop into a vase or other receptacle and share it with us by leaving links to and from this post.