Thursday, December 22, 2011

Dahlia CUPCAKES! These blossoms know no season

Sarah MacIntosh created these dahlia
cookies in typical dahlia colors.
What do dahlia growers do once they've dug their dahlia bulbs and there's a long winter stretching ahead?

If you know Lynch Creek Farm well, you know that the dahlia-growing gang has a big, busy alter ego: Lynch Creek Wreaths. Andy, Nathanael, Patty, Mike, Evé and the rest of the crew are just coming down from a huge season producing lush and lovely evergreen Christmas wreaths, holiday swags and garland, and seasonal centerpieces.

Sarah's cupcakes are definitely
formal decorative dahlia types.
Meanwhile, their dahlia tubers wait (all snug in their beds, as it were) in storage for sorting and packaging for spring shipping.

Now that the pressure's off and when the phone rings it's usually someone exclaiming over how fresh, fragrant and beautiful their Lynch Creek evergreens are, the gang's taking time to enjoy this best time of year in the spirit of giving and sharing.

Mike Maddux from the Lynch Creek crew goes for the
flavor as well as the form.
That's how it happens that Sarah MacIntosh, who has been glued to the telephone for two months, managed to find the time at home to create these stunning treats to share with the staff. Having seen almost enough of snowmen, bells, holly and other Christmas icons, Sarah looked ahead to Lynch Creek's new year and—voila!—dahlias.

If Santa didn't bring you a certificate for dahlia tubers, you can brighten your wintry days by looking at the array of colorful dahlias awaiting shipping season. It's never too early to start planning your summer garden, and never too early to order your dahlia tubers from Lynch Creek. Reserve your favorites now for shipping when the time is right for your part of the country.

We'd like to say the crew will send you a dahlia cupcake when you order, but Sarah's going to take a well-deserved vacation.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Dahlias Make Great Holiday Gifts

Colorful "Ringo" should ring anyone's bells as
a holiday gift.
Dahlia tubers make great Christmas gifts, Hanukkah gifts, Kwanzaa gifts, Winter Solstice gifts, and gifts to celebrate Eid, Samhain, Epiphany, Chinese New Year, Pancha Ganapati or any other winter festival.

Of course nobody's going to be planting dahlias this time of year, and Lynch Creek Farm won't ship dahlia bulbs (correctly speaking, dahlia tubers) until the weather warms. But your gift recipient can receive notice that the beautiful dahlia tubers you've chosen are reserved for him or her, and that your thoughtful gift will arrive at the appropriate time for planting wherever he or she lives.

What could be more delightful, during the cold days of winter, than receiving a holiday card announcing the gift of flowers: not a bouquet of flowers to last a week, but months of blooming delight, year after year?

"Snowbound" is a perfect choice as a winter holiday gift
to provide cool blooms in summer's heat.

Does holiday color sound enticing? Among the many colorful offerings at Lynch Creek are "Cherry Drop," a bright red waterlily dahlia with compact form; "Nicky K," a spiky, showy laciniated pure red; and "La Bomba, a red and deep wine red combination collarette.

Several dahlias come in candy-cane red-and-white combinations. Consider "Ringo," a small formal decorative with white tips on rich red florets; or the dramatic "Wildman," a giant red semi-cactus dinnerplate dahlia in brilliant red splashed randomly with white.

"Wildman" is a big, exuberant dinner-plate dahlia.
What could be more in keeping with the season than "Snowbound," a big, white formal decorative dahlia; "Snowflake," a stunning white five-inch waterlily type;  "Brookside Snowball," a white ball dahlia, or even "Blizzard," another formal decorative dahlia?

There are dozens of other wonderful colors and color combinations to choose from; color, after all, is the essence of dahlias. A few minutes of scanning the gorgeous dahlias on the Farm's dahlia site will help chase away winter doldrums, but you may find making choices difficult.

Or you can make it easy on yourself: purchase a dahlia tuber collection. Collection offerings include the experts' selections of staff favorites from the colorful collarettes, petite pompons, splashy big dinnerplates, the best of the cut-flower dahlias, and even (now here's a gift that's sure to impress) a collection of all the Farm's collections.

Happy holidays to you all!