A tuber lacks a papery protective covering and has buds on the surface known as eyes. With root tubers like dahlias, the eyes or buds are at the stem base, where it joins the root tuber. Stems and flowers develop from these eyes. As long as you have a tuber with an eye, you can grow an entire plant. The eyes on these dahlia tubers have sprouted to form tiny leaves.
Another type of bulb is known as a tuber. There are two types of tubers: root tuber and stem tuber. A dahlia grows from a root tuber. Examples of root tubers include dahlia, peony, tuberous begonia and ranunculus. A potato is probably the most famous stem tuber. Examples of stem tubers include potato, caladium, cyclamen and anemone.
Freshly-cut dahlias from the garden at The Swag Country Inn near Waynesville, N.C., are tucked into a bark-covered pillar vase to create this lovely rustic centerpiece. Cockscombs and sunflowers purchased at a local farmers' market fill in the arrangement.
When it comes to incorporating fresh blooms in his interiors, designer James Farmer lets the harvest guide him. "I am a very seasonal person, so I like to arrange flowers in my clients' homes based on what is blooming in the yard and garden," he says. "Here we were in the height of summer, and the flowers reflect that. Just because you have a particular style of home doesn't mean you have to have a particular style of flower arrangement; whatever is blooming is always best!"
Designer Camille Styles pairs rustic elements like beeswax candles, gourds and a salvaged wooden board as a table runner with a porcelain footed dish overflowing with greenhouse blooms. Her arrangement contains roses, hydrangea, dahlias, copper amaranth and ranunculus with a few sprigs of fall greenery, grasses and berries to signify the season.
This modern sitting area feels like a breath of fresh air with its lively blue walls and grass green striped armchair. Multicolored floral wall hangings and white pom pom dahlias on a round side table provide the finishing touches to the space.
Southern designer James Farmer balanced the heart pine planks' warmth in this restored 19th-century home with a kaleidoscope of cool, dusty tones in the upholstery — and a bolt of robin's-egg blue on the legs of a diminutive occasional table. Fresh dahlias and hydrangeas complete the tableau.
Maximize your centerpiece's impact by spreading the flowers and greenery among multiple vases. But, don't worry, more centerpieces doesn't have to mean more $$$. Large blooms like chrysanthemum, sunflowers, dahlias and roses provide a lot of impact with just a few stems. Fill in with greenery, either from your backyard or local grocery or florist, and finish with a few berry stems and bare branches.