dahlias – my end of summer luxury

by Sharon Santoni


Dahlias are my end of summer luxury.   I love them dotted around the garden and I love to get creative and  bring them inside.   If there is one thing I have understood with the passing years, it is that I absolutely need to get creative each and everyday!

If I don’t do something creative in a day, or even worse for several days, I feel literally uncomfortable.

Do you feel this way too?!  In today’s busy world it is only too easy to get tied up in endless to-do lists, that of course we rarely manage to get through, and only finish the day feeling more frustrated than  satisfied.

But if we carve out a little bit of time to get creative, I find that all that frustration just disappears into thin air.  There are so many ways to create:  cooking, gardening, raising children, running a business and also playing with flowers.

I put this arrangement together this week.  The dahlias in the garden are my end of summer luxury.  They are so generous, and so full of colour, I simply cannot resist bringing them inside.   This is a big bouquet, but they work just as well used as single blooms.   And the great thing about growing dahlias is that it’s really important to keep cutting them if you want them to continue to flower. So there are no regrets about cutting the blooms.


I’d love to know what your creative fix is?  Your go-to thing that helps you to relax and gives you new energy?


Marie Batson September 6, 2020 - 11:07 pm

Your bouquets are gorgeous beyond words! How I miss my dahlias this year but already planning for the next years. I do have my pretty spectacular David Austin roses that are performing for the second bloom this year so I get creative with those and also dry them for my signature potpourri that I gift to others during the holidays. It is still super hot here in S.E. Washington state but early mornings feeling a bit like Fall in the air. I so agree about being creative and spent most of my Sunday afternoon writing to dear ones and especially college age grandchildren who are first year and feeling so isolated with mostly on line classes. One is a varsity cheer leader with no games to cheer at so that is a bummer! Will soon get more creative transitioning with the decor moving into Autumn but meantime must enjoy the end of summer though it has been unusual without much entertaining on my lovely patio overlooking the brook in my back yard. Stay creative and safe!

Lynne B. September 6, 2020 - 11:27 pm

I feel the same way!
I often wake too early. So at 4am. I make myself stay in bed and relax by planning the creative things that make me happy.
Your flowers and arrangements are beautiful.
You have a very artistic eye and I love that they are not formal and every flower has a say.
I have never tried to grow dahlias but my late father did. Huge beautiful ones. I think he dis-budded (if that is the correct word) so some of the blooms were bigger.

Joanna Marini Dindinger September 7, 2020 - 2:02 pm

Breathtaking!!! I just love your flowers. Thank you for sharing them with me!

robert September 6, 2020 - 11:51 pm

Love your arrangement…..beautiful….as lovely as the last time. You are so talented and bring joy to each reader.
Love the deep Burgundy wine dahlias which highlight the pastels of the other flowers.

Rosa Castillo Ruiz-Tagle September 6, 2020 - 11:52 pm

Que lindas tus flores y los arreglos que hiciste con ellas doberbios

Lenore September 7, 2020 - 12:57 am

I love your flower arrangements. I have never grown dahlias….need to rethink that. I have perennial gardens which I enjoy along with about 500plus daffodils which bring me delight in the spring. Baking is one of artistic joys. And I enjoy giving away my treasures to those around me. I also enjoy photography and painting. So many joys and so little time.

Kathryn Weir September 7, 2020 - 1:24 am

Today I heard that my new seasons dahlias are on their way to me. 15 new ones to find places for. I love them. They are so bountiful and richly coloured. My bees love the singles. It’s still early spring here and the time has come for me to divide the ones I already have. I am able to leave them in the ground as our winters here in NZ are not severe enough to have to lift them, at least where I live. I tend to order them in colour swatches so I can build shades of a colour around the garden. Peaches and cream, cafe au lait are probably my favourites.

Veronica September 8, 2020 - 9:14 pm


April September 7, 2020 - 2:43 am

Wish we could grow dahlias in Phoenix. Your arrangement is spectacular and very much appreciated.
About to dive into Fall decorating which is one way I get creative. It will happen in the kitchen too.
Thank you Sharon for sharing this beautiful arrangement with us.

Jamie September 7, 2020 - 3:09 am

At first, I thought your arrangement was a painting. You know those paintings of flower arrangement still lives with little bugs and things included if you look closely? Beautiful and very natural!

Tempie September 7, 2020 - 3:43 am

Love your dalias. Mine were eaten by deer so no blooms this year. Maybe next if I remember to spray.

Sharon E September 7, 2020 - 4:28 am

Your arrangement is so beautiful and the colors are gorgeous! Is that dill in the arrangement? I must try that sometime.

Therese Mills September 7, 2020 - 6:02 am


Lyn johnson September 7, 2020 - 6:40 am

Your beautiful arrangement of dahlias is a joyful splash of colour Sharon for us down here in Victoria Australia as we endure further lockdown due to Covid 19.

Kate Dickerson September 7, 2020 - 12:55 pm

So lovely! Dahlias always remind me of my mother. And I particularly love your combination of ripening berries on the vine, with the flowers. It says Autumn in every way!

Pat September 7, 2020 - 2:47 pm

Beautiful arrangement, speaks fall in volumes! Gosh I do love dahlias.

mary p stewart September 7, 2020 - 7:00 pm

these flowers are one of my summer favorites…alas, i think i planted my bulbs too late or they were too old…didn’t get any flowers…i will try again next season….meanwhile, thanks for providing some inspiration and uplifting gorgeous pix…i love your blog…loved the piece on your new boulangerie…as someone who goes to the french side of st. martin for feb every year on vacation (not sure about this year) i appreciate all the ins and outs and deliciousness of a real french baguette…take care and thanks for sharing your beautiful home, family, business and passions <3

Maywyn September 8, 2020 - 10:52 pm

Stunning flowers! Visiting your blog is inspirational, revs up the creativity.
I write each day or else I feel like I’ve gone missing. I look at the date on my journal, and wonder where I’ve been if dates are missing. It is a fun jolt of laughter.


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