In a Vase on Monday: Not Totally Tangerine

I have always thought that the name of distinctive and popular Dahlia ‘Totally Tangerine’ was a bit of a misnomer, and growing it myself this year for the first time confirms this, as it is clearly not totally tangerine! In truth, there is barely any orange in it whatsoever, and the successful addition of pink-hued blooms in the form of Persicaria ‘Jo and Guido’, an unnamed achillea and spent head of Allium sphaerocephalon confirms this, whilst the nectarine, most definitely not a tangerine, proves the point emphatically.

Plonked in a lead crystal vase and supported by a metal frog held in place with florist’s ‘tac’, the arrangement provides a pleasing start to the week, adding to vases of the lingering pleasures of gladioli and limonium from last week and the helichrysum and rudbeckia from the week before. Of the annuals in the cutting beds, the limonium in particular just keeps on giving, completely unaffected by heat or dryness.

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23 Responses to In a Vase on Monday: Not Totally Tangerine

  1. Noelle says:

    We have both been ‘recycling’ some of our previous material. Your Dahlia is a beauty even if it doesn’t quite live up to its name, maybe ‘Totally Peachey’ would be better but maybe that name is taken. Here is my ‘Hot Weather’ Vase:

  2. Gorgoeus colours!

  3. Horticat says:

    Whatever its colour or name, that’s a very pretty dahlia and I love all the supporting flowers in various shades of pink. Does that particular form of dahlia have a good vase life? In my experience, vase life varies considerably depending on the form.
    My (dormant) dahlia patch is looking rather forlorn and full of weeds, but I did manage to find a few bits and bobs for a vase this week. Thanks for hosting Cathy 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      It is pretty, isn’t it, and as pretty in real life as the pictures I have seen. No idea yet if it has a good vase life. Glad to hear you have managed a few bits and bobs for a vase today 😊

  4. pbmgarden says:

    You created a lovely arrangement Cathy. I grew D. ‘Totally Tangerine’ last year for the first time and it has come back this year. I agree with you the name totally misrepresents the flower. Have a good week and thank you for hosting.

  5. Annette says:

    That’s a lovely, tropical looking dahlia. Mine are struggling in the heat and drought. Only those in pots are ok.

  6. The inclusion of the nectarine nectarine illustrates your point well Cathy as well as looking most delicious. I often wonder how plants come by their names 🤔 However it’s still looks like a most appealing dahlia. I have a couple of new to me dahlias in my vase this week and I’m pleased to relate both live up to their names:

    • Cathy says:

      I was going to use an apple, Anna, which is most definitely not a tangerine, but then I realised the Golfer has had nectarines this wee instead of plums, and the colour was a perfect match!

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  8. Cathy says:

    Well, it is nonetheless a very pretty dahlia Cathy! I find different people have differing perceptions of colour, partially due to culture. What I call orange is often referred to as red here. And I must say, the point at which peach becomes orange is for me personally quite flexible…. 😉 The Limonium is also lovely and sounds like something I should be growing. And the Persicaria do bring out the pinks well. Here is my contribution for today. Have a great week!

    In a Vase on Monday: Glorious Globes

    • Cathy says:

      Interesting to suggest it could be a cultural thing, not something I have considered before. Of course our eyes will literally not see things exactly the same either. I am pleased with the dahlia, which looks as good in the flesh as in pictures.

  9. Kris P says:

    One of the interesting things about dahlia flowers is that many of them have complex coloration. Your ‘Totally Tangerine’ allows for a great mix of colors. I leaned into peach and pink myself this week:

    As always, thanks for hosting, Cathy!

  10. tonytomeo says:

    That’s okay. Our ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlia (which I did NOT procure) is pink with purplish streaks. I actually prefer it like that, since it does not look like ‘Cafe au Lait’. Yours is prettier, even if not what was expected.

  11. Very pretty and I agree it’s not totally tangerine at all. Textures and colors look great in this one.

  12. dennyho says:

    A pleasing arrangement indeed! Beautiful colors you’ve gathered.

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