Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Saturday morning beauties: Simple Dahlia arrangement

I went to the Farmers' Market on Saturday morning, right after it opened and before it got crowded. It is very unlike me to be out and about early on a weekend day, but I had to pick up my car before 9am and decided to take advantage of the early morning calm.

I got a lovely bounty of tomatoes, olive bread, sugar sweet corn and two bunches of Dahlias in absolutely irresistible shades of reds, oranges, and pinks.

The Dahlias' heads are large and heavy, and to display them in a flat arrangement, I enlisted a tried-and-true florist tool: scotch tape. The grid, taped across a vase, supports the flower heads and makes the arrangement appear dense without having to overcrowd it with the delicate blossoms.

Et voilà. I really wish I knew how to paint—I'd love to capture these gorgeous colors.

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