Dahlia Rainbow for the Martha Jefferson Foundation

Dahlia Rainbow for the Martha Jefferson Foundation

Welcome to our first ever blog post! Hello, I’m Nina, a grower and designer at Blue Ridge Floral Design here in the beautiful mountains of Virginia.  I’m going to be sharing some of my musings and photos from the garden and the studio, and from some of the gorgeous weddings and events we get to design. I hope you’ll enjoy this little glimpse inside the workings here at Blue Ridge Floral Design.

September is prime dahlia season in Virginia and what better way to show them off in all their glory than a rainbow?

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Amy created a stunning rainbow of dahlias for the place card table welcoming folks to last week’s Martha Jefferson Foundation Capstone Society event at King Family Vineyards. She started with beautiful gladiolas from our friends at Blue Heron Farm as the backdrop, along with roses, calla lilies, and stock, berries, and greenery.  Then she filled out the rainbow with dahlias of all shapes, sizes, and colors. From deep purples and magentas to vibrant reds, warm oranges, all the way to brilliant yellows and creamy whites, dahlias brought to life this jaw-dropping rainbow.

Dahlias are our biggest crop on the farm and one of the most fun and versatile flowers for design work. They are so lush and romantic, so fresh and colorful, and so abundant. We grow over 20 different varieties from dinner plate cafe au laits as big as my head to tiny little pink pom poms the size of a quarter.

Here are some glamour shots of a few of our favorites in the garden:

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As you can imagine, the dahlia patch is the most beautiful place on the farm for most of the summer. It’s hard to capture the beauty of a full bed of dahlias bursting with blooms, but I don’t think I’ll ever stop trying!

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Like many cut flowers, the more you cut dahlias the more they bloom. It can be a bit of a scramble to stay on top of harvesting these super productive beauties, but we can’t get enough in our design work!

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