Floral Bouquets Through the Seasons


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

Tree peonies can also be cut (on short stems) at the bud stage. Make sure you can view them up close because they're so gorgeous.
A bouquet of tree peonies

Sometimes it's good to cut flowers and place them in a vase to see how they would look together. This is especially wise with peach and apricot shades. Imagine Kniphofia 'Coral' and this particular variety of rose: 'Oso Easy Peachy Cream' planted next to one another in a garden.
Kniphofia 'Coral' and Rose Oso Easy 'Peachy Cream'.
Even a simple flower like the Allium below can be enjoyed up close in a vase. This type blooms in July along with Monarda that haven't been cut back in early summer.
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)
Happy Day!



7 comments:

  1. Lovely blooms! I especially fall for the peonies. :)

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  2. I'm your opposite. It's hard for me to cut growing flowers, even when they are plentiful. I want to go back and visit them, growing and changing.

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  3. I have a serious case of 'peony envy' but I think my climate is just too warm for them. So I especially loved seeing your pretty flowers! Thanks for sharing them.

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  4. Hi NellJean, Hanni and Dorothy,

    Cutting bouquets is an obsession of mine, I just can't help myself. There are some peonies that don't mind warmer zones. I'll write a future blog about them. And thanks for commenting!

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  5. Beautiful...I especially like the Allium and Monarda pairing...just perfect!

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  6. I like bouquets. I bring them inside even though I usually sneeze.

    I see you are from IN. So am I. I will look forward to meeting you at the Ashville Fling.

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  7. All the photos of your blog i like very much and i have got many new ideas of flower decoration.

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