It's hard not to cut flowers to bring inside, especially in early spring...
|Pulmonaria, Epimedium, Muscari, Brunnera and Ornithogalum nutans|
make up one of the earliest spring bouquets.
Make sure you have enough peonies to cut, and cut them when they're still partially closed and feel like big marshmallows when you gently squeeze them. My husband laughs at me when I go about the garden squeezing the peony buds. Picking them at this stage makes for a longer vase life and lessens the chance you'll be bringing ants into the house.
|A bouquet of herbaceous peony blooms|
|A bouquet of tree peonies|
|Kniphofia 'Coral' and Rose Oso Easy 'Peachy Cream'.|
|Allium - carinatum pulchellum with Monarda 'Blue Stocking'|
Zinnias planted from seed in June make for some bodacious bouquets in September and October. And they make fine companions to small-flowered asters, Dahlias and ginger.
|Zinnia Raggedy Ann mix is by absolute favorite!|
Find them at Renee's Garden Seeds.
I'm afraid I don't have a bouquet of red roses, the ubiquitous icon of Valentine's Day. We'll have to make do with a deep red dahlia and Aster 'Coombe Fishacre'. (from Digging Dog Nursery)