Week 34 // Slow Flowers Challenge
August 27th, 2015
Everybody loves the ‘Cafe au Lait’ dahlia for its showy yet ephemeral beauty, right? This week, I met Miss Cafe’s richer-toned cousin, ‘Sierra Glow’.
My new love has petals that have hints of copper, coral, melon and amber, all rolled into one yummy hue. Dan Pearson of Dan’s Dahlias describes it this way on his website: “Large orange-bronze blooms on strong stems. Very impressive in the garden.”
I picked up a plump bunch of ‘Sierra Glow’ dinner-plate dahlias grown by Jello Mold Farm this week and from there, all the pieces fell into place with the moody late-summer/not-quite-fall palette.
With our recent move and purging of “stuff,” I’ve discovered that many of my wonderful vases and containers are boxed up in the storage unit. But this cool brass planter, from Goodwill, serves the purpose perfectly.
Here’s the recipe:
Supplies: 1 brass planter, measuring and 1 vintage cage-style flower frog
Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria ‘Royal Purple”), grown by Jello Mold Farm
Milkweed (Asclepias sp.), grown by All My Thyme
Velvety coxcomb celosia in pale apricot, grown by Peterkort
Calendula in the most perfect milky-gold hue, grown by Ojeda Farms
Upright bunches of golden amaranth, grown by Jello Mold Farm
‘Sierra Glow’ dinnerplate dahlias, grown by Jello Mold Farm