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Dahlia Season

 

Dahlia Season is Here!



Welcome, Dahlias!

Beautiful and unmistakable, these blooms were thought to be named after Anders Dahl; a Swedish botanist but are native to Mexico and Central America. There are currently about 60,000 named varieties, ranging in size, color, and classification.


Here’s What You Need To Know


Dahlias are full-sun flowers that bloom in the Summer and at the beginning of Autumn. They range in colors like orange, pink, purple, white, yellow and red as well as multicolor! Related to sunflowers, chrysanthemum, zinnias and daisies, these flowers can range from 2-in petites to 15-in "dinner plates!"

 

Here are a few more facts:

  • Their petals are actually called florets.
  • You can find dahlias in almost any color except blue.
  • Both dahlia flowers and tubers (the parts by the roots) are edible. The tubers taste like a cross between a potato and a radish.
  • In the language of flowers, also known as "florography," dahlias represent dignity.
  • The dahlia was declared the national flower of Mexico in 1963.
  • Dahlias use their vibrant blooms to attract pollinating insects since they don't have strong floral scents.


Oooh, what else is there to know?

The Old Farmer's Almanac states that "The American Dahlia Society recognizes 15 different colors and color combinations. Here are some popular choices:

  • ‘Bishop of Llandaff’: small, scarlet, intense flowers with handsome, dark-burgundy foliage
  • ‘Miss Rose Fletcher’: an elegant, spiky, pink cactus plant with 6-inch globes of long, quilled, shell-pink petals
  • ‘Bonne Esperance’, aka ‘Good Hope’: a foot-tall dwarf that bears 1-½-inch, rosy-pink flowers all summer that are reminiscent of Victorian bedding dahlias (though it debuted in 1948)
  • ‘Kidd’s Climax’: the ultimate in irrational beauty with 10-inch “dinner plate” flowers with hundreds of pink petals suffused with gold
  • ‘Jersey’s Beauty’: a 7-foot tall pink plant with hand-size flowers that brings great energy to the fall garden.

So Now You Know...

...that you need to run over to your local farmers market or Trader Joe's to get yourself a handful to create your very own bouquet!

 

 The Hidden Garden

Summer Wedding Floral Color Palettes

 

Hidden Garden's Favorite Summer Wedding Floral Color Palettes

 

With summer weddings in full effect, here's a few of our favorite color combo's that we have our eyes on!

 

#1: Coral Colors

 

Not sure where to start when looking at your floral palette? Coral is a fantastic go-to when spring starts, introducing fresh coral colors, peachy tones, soft early roses and blues galore! With so many options of each color, you'll find a perfect palette for your perfect day! 

 

#2: Citrus Hues

 

Want to feel like you're ringing in your favorite day in the Tuscany seaside? Bring in tangerine oranges with luscious greens and pops of lemon yellow and voila! La dolce vita and at a fraction of the price! This palette is one of our favorites when working with outdoor weddings. We also love adding in touches of jasmine to bring a gentle contrasting white back into the bouquets and it makes for a perfect perfume for the bride during her day.

 

#3: Pastels

 

For the romantic in all of us, include lavender, soft yellow roses, blush colored peonies, and dusty blue-green eucalyptus to create the perfect #cottagecore (read English countryside) pastel wedding palette. Perfect for summer weddings when bright colors aren't your first choice!

 

#4: Creamy White Classic

 

 
Nothing screams "classic wedding," with all white florals, keeping to creamy white, pure white and slight white...but why stop there? Throw in a singular color to really bring out your favorite hues and make them POP in your bridal bouquet! Think quintessential Santorini on a summer day...harsh whites with a bright blue ocean and you've got a wedding palette that won't be forgotten any time soon!
 
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Be sure to tag us @hiddengardenflowers if you use any of these colors on your wedding day and be featured in our stories!
 
  

DIY Floral Arrangement with Grocery Store Flowers

 

This week on the Hidden Garden blog

...we are bringing you a FREE tutorial, showcasing one of the benefits of being a part of the Bloom Academy!

In case you're new to the Hidden Garden, our Blooms Academy is a monthly digital membership to make your budding floral artistry take root, right from home!

 
Perfect for hobby florists, gardeners, the DIY-spirited or farmer's market admirers, these easy-to-follow tutorials, taught by Amy Marella, will help build your confidence to create one-of-a-kind floral arrangements from home!

 

What's all included?

  • Instantly unlock our evergreen tutorial vault, including 25 videos and counting (aka never-ending inspiration!)
  • Access to expert tips and tricks to make your design skills sharper than a pair of floral shears!
  • An abundance of seasonal tutorials to beautify your space for any occasion (just wait until you see the festive winter projects or zingy greens to welcome Spring!).
  • One-on-one feedback and advise from an industry expert in our private Facebook community, o your confidence and floral design skills can truly flourish!


Whats Included in This Video?

We're thrilled to share a free and easy tutorials that will teach you how to make store-bought blooms rival the arrangements done by the pros...all in under 20 minutes!

 

Click here to watch this quick tutorial!

 

Here is everything we used in this video:

green hydrangea

purple stalk

purple tulips

purple filler 

hellebores

lavender mums

 

Here are the tools you'll need:

ceramic or glass vase (I use a 3-4 inch wide mouthed ceramic vase)

flower food or a drop of bleach

sharp floral shears

 

If you enjoyed this tutorial by Amy Marella, check out the Bloom Academy today!

 

 

4 Easy DIY Summer Florals

Need some fresh summer decor? Look no further than the Hidden Garden! Here are 4 summer floral arrangements for gardeners, hobby florists, the DIY spirited, and fresh flower fanatics alike! Create your own DIY bouquet with 4 flower options or less! Curated by expert, Amy Marella, she shares her floral recipes to help you create confident (and professional looking) arrangements; all from home!

 

1. Peony Perfection

Tips for this arrangement: try and create this arrangement ASAP- peony season is already almost over! If you can't find any peonies, try for a larger rose bloom or a few beautiful dahlias!

  • Gunni eucalyptus
  • peonies
  • tulips
  • snapdragons

 

2. Coral Vibes

Tips for this arrangement: this arrangement is created to be coral based but feel free to create it with other colors, such as light purple, orange, or any other fun summery look! For a similar look to ours, add in some dusty miller as well!

  • Gunni eucalyptus
  • coral colored peonies
  • Pink Floyd Roses
  • Helleborus

 

 

3. Queensland Double

Tips for this arrangement: If you can't find the Queensland Double varietal, simply replace it with another tulip that brings you joy. If Clematis isn't available either, any greenery will work (such as gunni eucalyptus, fallen magnolia leaves from a neighbors tree, or simply using the leaves on the hydrangea!

  • Mini green hydrangea
  • tulips
  • saga roses
  • clematis vines (greenery)

 

 

4. Sunflower Vibes

Tips for this arrangement: our sunflowers are a little early, so if they're not available in your area yet, use another yellow flower, such as: roses, baptisia, or dahlias!

  • light blue hydrangea
  • sunflowers
  • Italian ruscus (greenery)
  • yellow spray roses

 

  
All images used are from Amy Marella's online education, the Bloom Academy. Click HERE to learn more about how you can learn to create professional floral arrangements, all in the comfort of your home! Beginners, experts and everyone in between are welcome to join our online community! Enjoy!

7 Summertime Blooms for Your Garden

Looking for florals to add to your garden or landscape that can take full sun and the California summer heat? Amy Marella of The Hidden Garden, in Los Angeles, California, shares her favorite summer varietals of native flowers and more!

 

Roses

These rose varieties are durable, handle full hot sun meaning you can prune them as late as March!

  • Drift Roses—a beautiful rambling rose, this ground cover mixes well with formal borders, grasses, or other perennials.
  • Rugosa Roses—a shrub rose for those who want people to think they are “rose people.” They are easy and fragrant, with beautiful, thick foliage.
  • Climbing Roses—‘Climbing Pinkie’, ‘New Dawn’, or ‘White Dawn’ are my go-tos thanks to their extended bloom time, richness, and ease. They do require a bit of TLC but are worth their love.

 

Hydrangea

Panicle Hydrangeas: These can handle the sun and heat!

  • ‘Little Lime’—dwarf, white blooms, full to part sun.
  • ‘Tardiva’—huge white blooms that are good in full sun to part shade. As they bloom later in the season, it will add beauty and interest during the transition from summer to fall.

 

Peonies

 

Herbaceous peonies: require very little care and are sturdy and long-lasting.

  • ‘Coral Charm’—coral-peach blossoms fade to a subtle, lemon yellow.
  • ‘Gardenia Peony’—humongous! with white blooms, full sun to part shade. Mid season blooms during late May- early June.

    Itoh peoniesthese are a cross between the herbaceous peony and the tree peony. Since they are hybrids, they come in a wide variety of beautiful and eye-catching colors! 

    • 'Bartzella' with charming yellow blooms streaked crimson red at center. Each unusual bloom carries a sweet, citrusy fragrance.
    • 'Cora Louise'— semi-double white blooms that feature a dramatic burst of cranberry-pink at center and surround vibrant, golden frills.

     

    Dahlia

    Cactus and semi cactus dahlias: Both of these varietals have double flowers with long, pointed ray petals that give them a spiky look.

    • ‘Dahlia Surprise’— a breathtaking bloom that displays peachy blossoms that melt into cream towards the end of their long petals. They bloom from July to the first frost! 
    • ‘Alfred Grille’— an award winning double flowered bloom who's petals start yellow and turn salmon towards the velvety tips.

    Pompon and ball dahlias: globe shaped heads, their short petals form an illusion of infinite swirls.

    • ‘Jowey Winnie’— soft pink surrounded by dark greenry, this bloom looks straight out of a dream, growing from midsummer until frost. 

     

    Poppies

    'Poppy' refers to a large number of species in at least 12 different genera in the subfamily Papaveroideae, most recognized by their papery, tissue-like blossoms in bright warm colors.

    • ‘Oriental Poppy’— one of the most familiar of all poppies, this varietal is a common sight with its feathery foliage and orange, red, or salmon flowers that bloom in June and July.
    • 'Flanders Poppy'— this species grew wild on World War I battlefields, becoming a symbol of the war and a similar cultivator, the Shirley Poppy, is a popular landscaping choice that comes in color ranges of orange, pink, violet, white and yellow.

     

    Lavender

    Depending on where you live, you can most likely enjoy lavender blooms all year long! There are three varietals, each with a different bloom season and usage. 

    • True Lavender
    • Spanish/French Lavender
    • Lavandin

    All three varietals are used for their high quality oil, flowers and silvery leaves. Seen in massive fields across Europe and Western USA, they make a fantastic addition to any size gardens. Lavenders are summer blooming with blooming seasons varying between varieties and cultivators. 

     

    Rosemary 

    Rosmarinus officinalis, an easily identifiable evergreen shrub native to the Mediterranean with dark green, needlelike leaves that have a unique aroma.

    You can use any varietal cooking, but upright kinds with broader leaves contain more aromatic oil, such as

    • ‘Tuscan Blue’ - is the favorite of many chefs, due to wider than average aromatic leaves and dark blue leaves.
    • ‘Blue Spires’ - resembles a miniature Italian cypress tree, it stands very vertical with clear blue florals.
    • ‘Spice Island’ is the varietal you normally see sold in your local herb section.

     

     

     
    Hi, I'm Amy!
    I’ve spent over two decades growing my floral design skills and business into a 7-figure operation beyond any of my wildest dreams. Like a seedling, it all started with a love of floral design and a willingness to learn and practice.

     

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