Make Way for Fall’s Dahlias

Everything’s coming up dahlias here at Peoples Flowers. The gorgeous bloom that has been in all the magazines and on social media lately has only a little more time left in season, and we’re taking full advantage, mixing it into some of our most glorious and arresting arrangements. Intricate, richly-colored and sure to add tons of interest to your interior decor, Fall’s dahlias are a showstopping floral that elevate any design of which they are a part.

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Fall Flowers and Autumn Colors

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Autumn is a special time of the year here in Albuquerque. Mornings are cool and comfortable and days are still pleasantly warmed by the sun. Seasonal markets offer fresh produce, and some of our favorite events take place – including the largest hot air balloon festival in the world.  Spectacular blue skies and mesmerizing foliage changes along the Rio Grande capture our imagination, and a short drive to the mountains will put you right in the middle of the stunning aspen tree transformation. When it comes to autumn, it is all about the colors. And at Peoples Flowers, you can find the fall flowers that will bring all the magic into your own home.
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Orange gerberas, yellow daisies, and yellow calla lilies embrace the spirit of autumn in this rustic bouquet. Add in natural details such as cattails and red hypericum berries and this arrangement will create the fall ambiance in your home that you’ve been waiting for.  Is your style a bit more artistic and sophisticated? You will love this floral design that showcases fiery orange roses. vivid lilies, yellow tulips, and green hydrangea. Surrounded gracefully with elegant grasses, these fall flowers will instantly add luxury to your home decor. fall flowers

As the nights get cooler, you may wish to decorate your front porch, walkway or entrance with these vibrant fall mums – these flowering plants are quintessentially autumn and will transform your home with the simple placement of a few baskets. fall flowers

Autumn is Albuquerque is all about the colors – and here at Peoples Flowers, we are dedicated to bringing you those colors through the most beautiful fall flowers available. Stop by and see us sometime – we’d love to see you.

Dahlia Flowers: History, Characteristics and Meaning

dahliaWhile the radiant and complex dahlia can be found in bright, bold flower arrangements throughout the world now, this wasn’t always the case. The dahlia has origins from 1500s Mexico and the Aztec Empire. During this period Mexico City was ruled by Spanish conquistadors who had conquered Montezuma and his army.

During this era, an Aztec student called Juannes Badianus composed a treatise on the flora, plants and flowers indigenous to Mexico at that time. After the treatise was translated into Latin by Martinus de la Cruz, one of Badianus’ classmates, it became the first botanical document written about the New World’s plants. The dahlia was featured prominently within this document.

Dahlias Make Their Way to Europe

About 100 years later, the Spanish King Philip II commissioned another book on the plants of the New World. Full of detailed information and illustrations on various species of dahlias, the Rerum Medicarum made note of double layers of petals in some varieties that had been cultivated (dahlias originally were single-petaled.)

Dahlias were much more actively cultivated in Spain in the late 1700s. The 1800s brought interest for New World plants throughout Europe, including dahlias. By 1934, there were 14,000 cultivars of this beautiful, detailed bloom. From centerpieces to autumn-themed bouquets, the dahlia is sure to make a statement.

Symbolic Meaning of the Dahlia

At one time, the dahlia had religious connotations in Victorian Europe; however, today it indicates strong emotion and a spirit of “wildness.” If you know someone who is on the verge of a big change, a step forward, upcoming travel or a new chapter in life, the dahlia can be the perfect gift.

Mexico, the dahlia’s origin country, considers dahlia their national flower. This vibrant bloom can still be seen growing wild on many mountainsides. Dahlia is also widely enjoyed around the world in gardens, bouquets, centerpieces and gift arrangements.

Combining dahlias with other blooms like roses or lilies creates a more tempered look and feel. The bright, showy dahlia is always a dramatic addition to a garden, bouquet or centerpiece, bringing a touch of drama and wildness. With complex petals and colors, the dahlia resembles fireworks during a much-anticipated celebration. From larger varieties that can get up to one foot in diameter to small pompons, dahlias bring intense interest, bright colors and appealing textures to every flower arrangement.

Whether alone or mixed with other blooms, dahlias are sure to delight. Contact Peoples Flowers for more dahlia flower gift ideas or to place an order.