Decanting Your Dinnerplate Dahlias{7}

Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias

Dinnerplate Dahlias Big Brother, Cafe au Lait, Fleurel

Dinnerplate Dahlias: Big Brother, Cafe au Lait, Fleurel

Dinnerplate dahlias are no shrinking violets; their presence is bold, beautiful and often times bigger than a vase can hold, and short stems certainly don’t help matters. Because the blossoms are bodaciously broad, bud vases topple and mason jars are too short and a little too pedestrian for this grand dame of the summer season.

dinnerplate dahlias cafe au lait big brother

As a yard-sale aficionado, and thrifty guy to boot, I’ve found a worthy dinnerplate dahlia vessel in the crystal decanter as a presentation pedestal of sorts. Why a spirit decanter? Well for starters, they’re usually shiny and sparkly, which is enough for me; but there are also practical reasons in addition to the aesthetic considerations.

Big flower, short stems

Decanters are perfect for a big flower with a short stem


  • heavier than most vases
  • prettier than most vases
  • at least ten inches in height
  • allow for water to reach throat of dahlia
  • narrow neck supports a huge flower
  • bulbous base prevents toppling
  • easy-to-find at thrift shops and yard sales
  • dramatic in groupings
  • relatively inexpensive, especially if sporting a few chips or nicks

decanters for daze

I think I paid less than $5 for any of my decanters, and while most have some wear and tear, all it takes is one large dahlia to shift the attention. And as an added benefit, I hear in the off season, they hold wine just fine.

dinnerplate dahlias decanters

Dahlias on a worthy, water-filled pedestal

I call this photo "Clash of the Titans."

I call this photo “Clash of the Titans.”