August 01, 2022

Cut Flowers Aplenty

arrangement 1

While I could spend hours arranging cut flowers, indecision and abundance are guiding me toward "quick creativity" lately. Not as "perfect" as it could be, but this arrangement serves the purpose for a happy display.

gladiolus

In addition to Hydrangea foliage, I included yellow and orange Gladiolus...

zinnia

Various shades of Zinnias...

cosmos

Bright pink Cosmos, and...

liatris

Spikes of Liatris.

arrangement 2

About a week ago, I used similar flowers in this arrangement, also featuring Rudbeckia branches and Hosta flowers.

So many cut flowers; I feel rich with options. Have a great week!

In a Vase on Monday is hosted by Cathy at "Rambling in the Garden."

15 comments:

  1. A clutch of gladioli like yours looks even better, and their kinky stems add a bit of character. Zinnia are wonderful in a vase, and I am intrigued by the use of liatris - will it last long in a vase? I finally have liatris in bloom, having bought a plant after several failures starting it from bulbs. I shan't be cutting it yet though!

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    1. Thanks, Cathy. The Liatris stems seem to last relatively well over a week or so. I should have picked these earlier in the season, but with other Liatris species just blooming now or through the end of summer, if you pick them when they start to bloom they last well for a week or two.

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  2. Well done, Beth! I love the cheerful yellow gladiolas and I'm feeling great regret that I have 30 bulbs I tucked away at a busy moment and completely forgot to plant. The hosta flowers are a nice touch.

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    1. Thanks, Kris. I'm very happy that I planted glads again, after a long break for many years. They are wonderful cut flowers! I'll have to dig them up in the fall in my climate for replanting next spring, but it's worth it. :)

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  3. Wow so pretty. Hydrangeas have such gorgeous foliage. Surely the leaves are as beautiful as the flowers.

    Your Zinnias are great. The flowers on mine seem so little--maybe not enough fertilizer?

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    1. Thanks. I do love the Hydrangea flowers, too, but I don't get many where they're located in my partial shade garden. The Zinnias are in bright, bright afternoon sun against the light blue-gray house. They get baked for a few hours each day. I don't fertilize them; except at the very beginning when I put the little seedling plants in the soil in May. But our soil here is so good--silt/loam. Also, 'State Fair Mix' Zinnias are very tall and large.

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  4. Pretty and pretty perfect, Beth. I love the design actually. The glads are good colors, especially find that yellow unusual and attractive. And zinnias! Yours are beautiful.

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    1. Thanks, Susie. The glads are such great anchors for arrangements. It's nice to have a bunch of different colors; although most of the ones that have bloomed so far are yellow...some peach, white, red, and purple, too. The 'State Fair Mix' Zinnias always love their spot in the Western sun. :)

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  5. Beautiful, gladiolas are one of my favorite. I have a lime green one sitting on my dinning room table, all alone, it is a star all by it self. ;-)

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    1. Lime green--nice! So many of the ones in my package were yellow, which I love, but it would be nice to have a bit more variety. As you say, a lone glad, even on its own, is a star!

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  6. Beautiful!
    Have a blessed day!

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    1. Thanks, Lea. I sure am enjoying the Gladiolas this summer! It's been years since I planted them, so it's a special treat. :)

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  7. You are definitely rich with floral options. Love the Liatris.

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    1. Liatris is always a favorite for arrangements. I need to get a couple more species--some that bloom later in the season for late summer/early autumn arrangements.

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  8. Beth, it looks great in your zone 5 garden. Summer has been good to Wisconsin. Have a beautiful end of August, and now we watch for fall.~~Dee

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