Dahlia Hall of Fame!

 

Hooray for Dahlias and we have updated this post with the latest flowers to bloom!

I have scoured the earth for the very best Dahlias for cutting. Months of research then tracking down the tubers, which is much harder then you think!!

Not all Dahlia’s make a good cut flower and not all shades suitable for use as a Wedding Flowers.

You need to consider:

Stem Length;

Vase Life;

Colour;

Form (the flower shape);

How productive (if you are going to give it room in your garden then it must sing for it’s supper!

So here at Swan Cottage Flowers, we have decided to have a trial!

Dahlia's Arbatax, Wizard of Oz, Bracken Ballerina, the perfect bridal bouquet

The ground here in Stoke Hammond, Buckinghamshire is very very free draining, perfect to growing Dahlia’s!

But not perfect for holding onto water or nutrients and the Summer of 2017 has decided to be a record breaking heatwave of a year!

So we are making sure we feed and water these Dahlia’s well in order to get some great blooms for our DIY Wedding Flower Brides and our Floral Designers and Florists who are counting on us and our Seasonal Flowers! No pressure then!!

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We have colour coded the planting into 18 different shade beds, from pure White, Cream and Apricot. With Dahlia’s of all shapes, Ball, Pompom Dahlias, Dinner Plate, Cactus and Decorative

Pinks from pale ballet pink right through to striking magenta!

So here it is!

 Swan Cottage Flowers Dahlia Gallery……..

Work in progress, new pictures taken daily – see Instagram stories for videos.

All photography copyright Swan Cottage Flowers, please do not reproduce these images.

Waterlily Dahlias

Outstandingly Beautiful but the most likely to show weather damage due to their open structure. Rain damage is brown so apricot tones hide this better then white or pink tones.

Dahlia Carolina Wagamans grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Carolina Wagamans

The Favourite of Common Farm Flowers, Green and Gorgeous Flowers and Plant Passion, so it was an absolute must! Its been a favourite with everyone that has seen our Photographs or visited Swan Cottage! Its going to make the Top 10!

Cutting Garden, Swan Cottage Flowers
Cutting Garden, Swan Cottage Flowers

 

Dahlia Mister Frans, grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Mister Frans
Dahlia Onesta grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Onesta
Dahlia Apricot Desire, the prefect blush Apricot wedding flower
Dahlia Apricot Desire, the prefect blush Apricot wedding flower
Dahlia Gerrie Hoek, the prefect blush pink waterlily shaped wedding flower
Dahlia Gerrie Hoek, the prefect blush pink waterlily shaped wedding flower
100% British Flowers Dahlia Gerrie Hoek
A bowel of Dahlia Gerrie Hoek
Apricot Dahlia 'Nicholas' emerging and striking
Apricot Dahlia ‘Nicholas’ emerging and striking
British Flowers Dahlia 'Glorie van Heemstede'
Dahlia ‘Glorie van Heemstede’
British Flowers Dahlia 'Cameo Cream'
Dahlia ‘Cameo Cream’

Cactus Dahlias

These Dahlia’s are very easy to grow, vigorous and due to their shape less susceptible to damage by the weather

Dahlia Preference grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Preference
Dahlia Hillcrest Royal, British Seasonal Flowers Grown at Swan Cottage Flowers by Zoe and Neil Woodward in Buckinghamshire near Milton Keynes
Dahlia Hillcrest Royal
Dahlia Chat Noir, British Seasonal Cut Flowers for Weddings and Events, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Chat Noir,
Dahlia My Love grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia My Love

Dahlia ‘Henriette’ is from Sarah Raven, here is what she says: Henriette is a queen of the new and fashionable paler palette – in a pale apricot deepening at the centre and the best, spiky, elegant flowers. It also has a good vase life.

Dahlia ‘Henriette’ from Sarah Raven
Dahlia ‘Henriette’ from Sarah Raven
Dahlia 'Karma Pink Corona' , DIY Flower Buckets, Swan Cottage Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Karma Pink Corona’

Anemone Flowered Dahlias

Anemone Flowered Dahlia Totally Tangerine
Anemone Flowered Dahlia Totally Tangerine
Dahlia 'Blue Bayou', rare and unusual, Swan Cottage British Flowers
Dahlia ‘Blue Bayou’, rare and unusual

Decorative Dahlias

Dahlia Linda's Baby grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Linda’s Baby
Dahlia bracken ballerina grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
bracken ballerina (Exceptional Stem Length)
Dahlia 'Arbatax' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Arbatax’
Dahlia Arbatax,, British Seasonal Flowers Grown here at Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Arbatax,
Dahlia 'Boom Boom White' neat and perfect for a Bridal Bouquet
Dahlia ‘Boom Boom White’ neat and perfect for a Bridal Bouquet
Dahlia 'Hamilton Lillian' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Hamilton Lillian’
Dahlia Lady Liberty, the perfect reflexed petals and nodding head add something special to a seasonal Bridal Bouquet
Dahlia Lady Liberty, the perfect reflexed petals and nodding head add something special to a seasonal Bridal Bouquet
British Flowers Dahlia 'Canary Fubuki'
British Flowers Dahlia ‘Canary Fubuki’

 

Two Top Favourites, this week anyway!!

Dahlia American Dawn, British Seasonal Flowers Grown here at Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia American Dawn
British Flower Dahlia Bacardi
Dahlia Bacardi

Ball Dahlia’s

Dahlia Foxy Lady is striking!
Dahlia Foxy Lady is striking!
Dahlia Downham Royal, a favourite for DIY Wedding Flower Buckets!
Dahlia Downham Royal
Dahlia Wizard of Oz, grown a Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Wizard of Oz
Dahlia 'Jowey Winnie' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Jowey Winnie’
Dahlia Cornel, perfect for an Autumn Wedding!
Dahlia Cornel
Dahlia Linda's Baby British and Seasonal Cut Flowers
Dahlia Linda’s Baby
Dahlia Jowey Mirella grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Jowey Mirella
Dahlia Hillcrest Suffusion, British Seasonal Flowers Grown here at Swan Cottage Flowers, Buckinghamshire
Dahlia Hillcrest Suffusion
Dahlia Zundert Mystery Fox, Seasonal Wedding Flowers, Milton Keynes
Dahlia Zundert Mystery Fox
Dahlia Downham Royal, DIY Wedding Flowers, Swan Cottage Flowers
Dahlia Downham Royal
British Flowers Dahlia Boom Boom Yellow
Dahlia ‘Boom Boom Yellow’

Small Buttonhole Dahlia’s

Floret Flower reported this one as a must! So we must!!

Dahlia 'Small World' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Small World’
Dahlia 'Moorplace' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Moorplace’
Dahlia Franz Kafka, the perfect buttonhole flower, Swan Cottage Flower Farm
Dahlia Franz Kafka

And for something more funky!

Dahlia Burlesca, British Seasonal Flowers Grown at Swan Cottage Flowers by Zoe and Neil Woodward
Dahlia Burlesca
Dahlia New Baby, British Seasonal Flowers Grown at Swan Cottage Flowers by Zoe and Neil Woodward
Dahlia New Baby

 

The Karma series

These are specifically breed as cut flowers however although they are wonderful there are better varieties…….which is why we are doing the trial – put them side by side and objectively compare.

Plenty more Karma’s to come, I’m just waiting for them to flower and get a great shot!

Dahlia Karma Chocolate grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Karma Chocolate
Dahlia Karma Naomi gown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Karma Naomi
Dahlia Karma Lagoon grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Karma Lagoon
Dahlia Karma Serena grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Karma Serena
Dahlia 'Karma Maarten Zwaan' Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Karma Maarten Zwaan’

A bit of a different shape here

Dahlia Karma Amanda, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia Karma Amanda, British Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia 'Karma Pink Corona' , DIY Flower Buckets, Swan Cottage Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Karma Pink Corona’

Dinner Plate Dahlia’s

Dahlia Cafe Au Lait, a Bridal Bouquet right there - British Seasonal Wedding and Event Flowers, growing at Swan Cottage Flowers
Dahlia Cafe Au Lait
Pillows of perfection, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia's grown at Swan Cottage Flowers, British Seasonal Flowers for Weddings and Events
Pillows of perfection, Cafe Au Lait Dahlia
Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' AGM, Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Otto’s Thrill’ AGM, Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia 'Otto's Thrill' AGM, Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia ‘Otto’s Thrill’
Dahlia Sherwood’s Peach, Seasonal British Cut Flowers just outside London
Dahlia Sherwood’s Peach, Seasonal British Cut Flowers just outside London
Dahlia 'Thomas A. Edison' , Berry coloured Wedding Flowers, British Seasonal Flowers and DIY Flower Buckets
Dahlia ‘Thomas A. Edison’

After you have spent all this time making your perfect Dahlia wishlist and placed your order…….you don’t always get what you ordered. Dahlia’s are sold when they are asleep and impossible to tell apart so it’s inevitable that you will get a surprise at some point, these are a couple of ours that I will endeavor to put a name to …….

I quite like this lilac one, it will look outstanding with Dahlia Thomas Edison

Dahlia that is not Labyrinth! Sometimes you don't get what you ordered!!! Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Sometimes you don’t get what you ordered!!!

 

Dahlia who are you? Sometimes you don't get what you ordered!!! Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers
Dahlia who are you? Sometimes you don’t get what you ordered!!! Swan Cottage Seasonal Wedding Flowers

These are all first out of the blocks so a good choice if you are growing your own Wedding Flowers for and early July Wedding.

Dahlia’s make the perfect wedding flower………..

The perfect British Seasonal Wedding Bouquet, Dahlia's Small World, Lady Liberty, Karma Serena, Karma Maarten Zwaan, White Perfection
The perfect British Seasonal Wedding Bouquet, Dahlia’s Small World, Lady Liberty, Karma Serena, Karma Maarten Zwaan, White Perfection

 

Zoe x

 

Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers
Zoe Woodward, Swan Cottage Flowers

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