Last Dahlias of the Season

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Last Friday JT who works with me spent a few hours driving to pick up the last 25 stems of A la Mode Dahlias for the year.  Just one stem of these creamy beauties in a centerpiece makes a huge impact.  I judiciously spread the blooms between my two weddings last Saturday.  Lucky for me Kate Headley stopped by with her camera around the same time  JT returned with the flowers.  Check out  Kate's blog to see the rest of the images.

It has been an amazing dahlia season.  I have been fortunate to get my hands on hundreds of dinner plate dahlias (the really really big ones) from local growers Andrea of LynnVale Studios and Don of Don's Dahlias.  My remorse about the end of dahlia season should be somewhat relieved tomorrow when I get the first coral peonies of the season from Chile and white anemones with black centers from upstate New York.

Scouting for Dinner in the Field

IMG_0774 IMG_0744 IMG_0741 IMG_0729 We have been talking to Andrea from LynnVale Studios for awhile about doing a dinner in the field at her breathtaking farm.  Our first food/flower collaboration will be in conjunction with an upcoming sold out Little Flower School Class.  Before the first dinner we are already anticipating events in the future.  We visited the farm yesterday to scout and decided if the weather cooperates we will set the table in a walkway between dahlia beds, which will be in full bloom by the dinner date– mid September.