Serving up some dinnerplate dahlias
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.
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.
- 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
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.