Hello spring

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When you’re really lucky, you get flowers instead of showers in April, and you don’t have to wait until May.

For the first time this year, there were enough pretty things growing in the garden to go out and gather up a little bouquet.

I tucked a pair of scarlet Mache Ranunculus, a hot pink and white Mona Lisa Anemone, a few sprigs of Gold Mound Spirea and a silvery-green Lady’s Mantle leaf into a vase on the dining room table.

It’s made me smile all week. Well, that and my newy planted strawberry patch.

Happy spring!

Garden bouquet

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It’s been a long, productive summer in my flower garden. As usual, I learned a lot and didn’t get quite enough time just sitting on the patio staring at the beauty of it all.

This year, I learned:

  • How important it is to keep cutting your flowers. It helps plants look tidy, but it also makes a big difference in keeping the blooms coming.
  • Overwatering is almost as bad as underwatering. I have floppy echinacea, and blanket flowers that almost didn’t bloom, because I got a little carried away with the hose.
  • Bee balm, creeping rosemary, goldilocks black-eyed susans and zinnias all proved themselves worthy of their new spots in my NW garden.

One last thing, this book provided valuable information and inspiration on what to grow and how to pull together a pretty bouquet like this one.

Happy end of summer!

Backyard bouquets: Add herbs to your cut flowers

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For me, herbs are one of the most rewarding things to grow. You plant them and can start using them almost immediately. This is good news for impatient me. Plus, they grow pretty quickly and often produce more than you can manage to eat.

So besides using them in salads, smoothies, lemonades (more on this soon), and seasonal dishes of all sorts, I’m happy to report they make lovely and long-lasting additions to cut flowers.

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