The Flower Recipe Book/Paige Green
Dahlias come in an endless array of sizes, shapes, and astonishingly vivid colors. Vary the dinner-plate-sized blooms with small button, single-petaled, or spiky cactus ones. In the hot months, they blend well with bright wildflowers and summer classics, while in autumn, berry clusters and fall-colored leaves make great pairings. Dahlia stems are especially susceptible to clogging in dirty water, so change the water and give them a fresh cut every day.
1. Determine which stem to place in each bottle depending on height, size of bloom, and quantity.
2. Trim and place the three tallest dahlias in the largest bottle.
3. Trim and place the three smallest dahlias in the bottle with the second largest opening.
4. Place one stem in each of the remaining bottles at varied heights.