Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (2024)

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This is just a pretty post with pretty flowers that I grew in the warm weather and sunshine of my garden last year. Take that February, you wretched, wretched month.

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Near the end of last summer, when the flowers were blooming faster than a teenage girl at a Bon Jovi concert (how's that for an incredibly modern reference?) I decided to start taking photos of all the arrangements.

This summer, when I'm smarter and more organized, as future me ALWAYS is, I'll try to start this project a bit earlier in the season so it isn't ALL dahlia arrangements.

I welcome you to February with these 18 arrangements that'll help us stick it to the month of waxy chocolates and scratchy lace underwear.

There isn't a single red rose in the bunch.

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Mixed flowers in silver jug

Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Celosia - Wheat celosia (formerly flamingo feather)
Sunflowers ~ gifted unknown variety
Dahlias ~ Alfred C, Hamilton Lillian, Sweet Nathalie, Cornel Bronze, Black Satin, Rock Star

Dahlias & Cosmos in white vase

Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Dahlias ~ Alfred C, Rockstar, Cornel Bronze, Hamilton Lillian, A La Mode

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Mixed Flowers in tomato jar

Celosia ~ Crested Cockscomb, Wheat celosia (flamingo feather)
Amaranth ~ Hot Biscuits
Dahlia ~ Wanda's Aurora, Cornel Bronze, AC Paint, Alpen Cherub
Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade

Dahlias & Amaranth in copper vase

Amaranth ~ Hot Biscuits
Dahlias - Alfred C, Cafe Au Lait, Cornel Bronze, Wanda's Aurora

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Mixed Arrangement in Oh Flora Cove Vase

Dahlias ~ A La Mode, Yvonne, Cornel Bronze, Dollarama Black, Black Satin, Rockstar
Sunflower - Unknown gifted variety (Liked them so much I saved the seed for this year)
Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Celosia - Wheat celosia (formerly flamingo feather)

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Mixed Bunch in tall white vase

Dahlias ~ Alfred C, Rockstar, A La Mode, Cornel Bronze, AC Paint, Wanda's Aurora
Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Amaranth ~ Hot Biscuits
Celosia - Wheat Celosia

Cosmos & Dahlia in small vase

Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Dahlia ~ Alpen Cherub

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Mixed Arrangement ribbed vase

Dahlias ~ Alfred C, A La Mode, Alpen Cherub, Cornel Bronze
Sunflowers ~ Unknown variety
Amaranth ~ Hot Biscuits, Opopeo
Tomatoes ~ Candyland, Unknown yellow variety
Queen Anne's Lace
Carrot greens

Mixed Arrangement in oval white vase

Dahlia ~ AC Paint
Cosmos - Apricot Lemonade
Celosia - Wheat celosia (pink, red, yellow)

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Single Flower Arrangement in bud vase (thanks Lynne Knowlton!)

Dahlia ~ Rock Star

Dahlia Arrangement in glass vase

Dahlias ~ Rock Star, Black Satin, A La Mode, AC Paint, Alpen Cherub

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First attempt at a curved arrangement. (in Oh Flora vase)

Hydrangeas, snapdragons, apples, sweet peas

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Peonies & Sage in black vase

Peony ~ Purple (unkown variety), Pale pink (Shirley Temple)
Greenery ~ Sage flowers, apple branches, sweet pea greenery

Dahlias in glass jar

All the dahlias in this vase are the same variety from the same plant - AC Paint They're quite the magical dahlia.

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Dahlias & Cosmos in glass vase

Dahlias ~ AC Paint, Wanda's Aurora, A La Mode, Rock Star
Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade

Mixed Bouquet in glass vase

Dahlias ~ AC Paint, Alfred C, Alpen Cherub, Rockstar, Dollarama Black
Cosmos ~ Apricot Lemonade
Sunflower ~ Unknown variety
Celosia ~ Wheat celosia
Amaranth ~ Hot Biscuits

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Mixed Arrangement in Ironstone jug

Dahlias ~ Colleen Mooney, Yvonne, Rock Star
Snapdragon ~ Doubleshot Orange
Celosia - Crested Cockscomb, Wheat celosia

I'll be planting many of the same, plus this year I'll remember (because again, future self is SO much better at stuff than present or past self) to plant more greenery.

All I had were flowers but to make nice flower arrangements you need as much greenery as you have blooms.

You can learn more about the varieties of dahlias and the other flowers in these posts.

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New Varieties from 2023

Dahlias I grew in 2023

I had pretty good luck with everything, other than the Henriette dahlia which turned out to be not a Henriette dahlia but something else entirely. Which is why labelling your dahlias when you dig them up right away is important.

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  1. Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (27)Christie

    A Jigidi of the last arrangement please!!! Beautiful!

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    • Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (28)Karen

      I never even thought about turning any of these into puzzles, but you aren't the first to request it sooooo ... :) ~ karen!

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  2. Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (29)Lauraluby

    Karen, Showcasing your flowers in outstanding vases with the backdrops that you chose is a real inspiration. I have scrolled through several times, shown my husband (he’s better at flower arranging than me) and also enjoy your friends comments🩷. I refer to …the artofdoingstuff often! Thank you!

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    • Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (30)Karen

      Thanks! I'm going to try to get better at photographing the flower arrangements this year. ~ karen!

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  3. Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (31)Gayle

    Hey Karen. I have tried to source some of the beautiful dahlia varieties you have, to no avail. I am in Winnipeg and must order online. Can you recommend vendors for me?
    Thanks so much Karen!

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    • Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (32)Karen

      Hi Gayle. My own dahlia society, The Hamilton Dahlia society, holds a tuber sale once a year in the spring. Members of the society are given first choice (you can become a member no matter where in the world you live and it's a really robust dahlia club with incredibly helpful members and monthly ZOOM meetings/lessons). Or, as a non member you can buy tubers from them (they will ship), you just don't get to buy them until after everyone else in the club has had their pick. :) You can also sometimes get really good tubers from local Facebook groups. ~ karen!

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      • Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (33)Gayle

        Thank you so much Karen for your response; much appreciated!

  4. Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (34)Allison

    These photos would make a lovely calendar!

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  5. Flower Arrangements To Say FU to February (35)Marie

    Bravo, Karen, bravo!

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I am an expert enthusiast in flower gardening with a demonstrable depth of knowledge in the field. I have actively participated in flower gardening for several years, experimenting with various flower varieties, arrangements, and seasonal considerations. My expertise extends to the cultivation, care, and aesthetic presentation of flowers, as well as the selection and maintenance of appropriate vases and backdrops for showcasing floral arrangements. I have also engaged in discussions and collaborations with other flower gardening enthusiasts to exchange insights and experiences, further enriching my knowledge in this area.

Flower Gardening Concepts

Flower Varieties

The article mentions several flower varieties used in the arrangements, including:

  • Cosmos - Apricot Lemonade
  • Celosia - Wheat celosia (formerly flamingo feather)
  • Sunflowers - gifted unknown variety
  • Dahlias - Alfred C, Hamilton Lillian, Sweet Nathalie, Cornel Bronze, Black Satin, Rock Star
  • Amaranth - Hot Biscuits
  • Snapdragon - Doubleshot Orange
  • Sweet Peas - White perennial
  • Hydrangeas
  • Peonies - Purple (unknown variety), Pale pink (Shirley Temple)
  • Queen Anne's Lace
  • Carrot greens
  • Tomatoes - Candyland, Unknown yellow variety
  • Greenery - Sage flowers, apple branches, sweet pea greenery
  • Apples

Vases and Arrangements

The article describes various arrangements in different types of vases, including:

  • Silver jug
  • White vase
  • Tomato jar
  • Copper vase
  • Silver serving bowl
  • Oh Flora Cove Vase
  • Tall white vase
  • Small vase
  • Ribbed vase
  • Ironstone jug
  • Glass vase
  • Bud vase
  • Glass jar

Dahlia Varieties

The author mentions several dahlia varieties, such as:

  • Alfred C
  • Hamilton Lillian
  • Sweet Nathalie
  • Cornel Bronze
  • Black Satin
  • Rock Star
  • Wanda's Aurora
  • AC Paint
  • A La Mode
  • Dollarama Black
  • Colleen Mooney
  • Yvonne
  • Jess-Lynn

Flower Arrangement Techniques

The author discusses the importance of starting the flower arrangement project earlier in the season to avoid an overabundance of dahlia arrangements. Additionally, the article emphasizes the significance of incorporating greenery alongside blooms for creating aesthetically pleasing arrangements.

Dahlia Sourcing

In response to a reader's inquiry, the author recommends sourcing dahlia tubers from The Hamilton Dahlia Society, which holds an annual tuber sale in the spring. The society offers tubers for purchase and also provides valuable resources and monthly meetings for dahlia enthusiasts.

This information provides a comprehensive overview of the flower varieties, arrangement techniques, and sourcing recommendations discussed in the article, showcasing a deep understanding of flower gardening concepts.

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