Lovin’ those dahlias


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I adore dahlias, and so does Studio Choo, who put together these gorgeous bouquets. The top image has dahlias, roses and hydrangeas, among other blooms; the middle one has dahlias and clematis. The bouquet in the bottom image is more about nigella (love-in-a-mist), peonies, passionfruit flowers and clematis foliage. Simply divine.

Plant Now: Love-in-a-mist


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Love-in-a-mist (Nigella damascena) is a hardy annual, so seeds can be started indoors now and planted out when seedlings are about 10cm high. Close up, the flowers look rather wacky but they look divine in bouquets and vases. Rather ethereal, in fact. You can choose from blue, pink or white flowers, or buy a mix that has all the colours in the one pack.

Wacky flowers aren’t all these plants produce. They also sport wacky seed pods which, when picked, last for an age. Florists love the balloon-shaped pods for their intriguing looks and long-lasting life. If left in the garden, the tip of the pods eventually open and the ripe seeds can be collected.

Seeds are available from Egmont Seeds and Kings Seeds.

Photo credit: seed pods image from Apartment Therapy.