Notes from a USDA zone 5 shade garden in Southern Wisconsin.
Beth theses are just so lovely...I do need to do more picking and arranging...I'll be joining GBHD with my post tomorrow.
Thanks, Donna. I was on flower duty at church the past two weekends, so I was glad I had enough blooms for the arrangements.
Thanks, Karin. Zinnias, Cosmos, Liatris, and Hostas never fail. The Black-Eyed Susans didn't hold up well in the vases, though. :( But they sure are pretty in the garden!
So pretty and so seasonal.
Thanks, Donna! I plant most of these every year for cut flowers. They all held up well during the drought--of course I watered them. But they always grow well in my "kitchen garden." :)
So colorful! It shouts, SUMMER!
Yes, the Black-Eyed Susans really pop. I wish they'd held up better in the vases, but they're great for a couple of days. The other flowers have staying power!
Just one word for it: Gorgeous :-)
Thanks, Helene! I'm so glad my mostly shady garden has a little patch of bright sun. :)
I always forget about hosta leaves. Beautiful.
Me, too. I saw an arrangement recently, so that's how I got the idea. They're great for framing the arrangement.
Cheerful! These flowers just scream 'Summer'!
Yes, my kitchen garden is more of a flower garden this year. The Tomatoes, Onions, and Cucumbers aren't doing very well. But the flowers are doing pretty well.
This is my favourite kind of late summer bouquet.
The Zinnias, Cosmos, and Rudbeckia never fail. Although the Rudbeckia didn't seem to last long in the vase.
What a perfect summer bouquet!! I love it! It's like a welcome mat for butterflies. :o)
Yeah, I think they like the flower garden. And there aren't too many Japanese beetles this year to compete with them.
I am going to have to ask what fertilizer you use to get such large flowers, they are huge, adn so pretty.Jen @ Muddy Boot Dreams
Well, actually they aren't as big this year. It might be the camera angle. But most years I use Marsh Hay mulch. I used it this year, too, but I also used Honey Locust leaves. The nutrients don't seem quite right, so I won't do that again.
Beautiful! I haven't done many flower arrangements this summer. I need to start doing that again. It has just been such a busy (and hot) summer. Amy
Thanks, Amy. I help with the flowers at church, so this was my bucket full of supplies. The bouquets turned out pretty good, because I started with great flowers. It makes the job pretty easy. :-)
Really lovely. I am glad you are enjoying summer.
Thanks, Masha! It got better after the rain. July was a tough month.
What an amazing harvest of beautiful edible blooms! This is my latest craze - adding edible flowers to food and experimenting with them in the kitchen. I'd have so much fun with your harvest!! Lovely!
Gosh, I didn't realize they're all edible. I was thinking of them as a "harvest" for floral displays. But then I did read that Cosmos, Echinacea petals, and Zinnias are edible. And apparently so is Liatris root. I should read up more on the topic!
Beautiful bouquet, Beth, and thanks for the inspiration--I have all the same flowers blooming in my garden right now, too. They're summer favorites.
Thanks, Rose! For some reason, I have trouble remembering to look back at comments posted after my latest entry. Sorry to the late reply to this one. I'm on flower duty again this weekend, so it will be interesting to see what I come up with for the bouquets. ;-)
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