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Cut Flowers and Floral Design: So....What's your favorite cut flower??

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bloomheaven
Southern
United States

April 16, 2007
3:13 PM

Post #3398358

I am determined to have a nice cut flower garden! So what's your favorite cut flower and why? I'm interested in all kinds - long flowering varieties, heat lovers, just pretties, long vase life...anything and everything. Last year mine was calla lilies. They last forever in a vase and are so elegant...they are my favorite! Anyone else?

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MsCritterkeeper
The Heart of Texas, TX
(Zone 8b)

April 17, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #3400342

My favorites are pretty broad...if I can grow it ~ I will cut it..lol
Here's a few favorites.

Zinna's
Salvia's
Penta's
Roses
Butterfly ginger
Nightblooming jasmine

MsC
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 17, 2007
10:56 PM

Post #3403383

Wow, how could I ever just name one? MsCritterkeeper , I would certainly agree with zinnias, and dahlias, and asters, and snapdragons, and on and on. Yep, calla lilies and regular lilies oh my I could go on and on.
bloomheaven
Southern
United States

April 17, 2007
11:17 PM

Post #3403453

I haven't tried zinnia's before. I'm trying a couple of varieties of cosmos this year and some dahlia's. Next year I think I'll go nuts with sunflowers and do like a whole sunflower patch. Who know's , it'll probably change by then lol.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 17, 2007
11:23 PM

Post #3403469

If I'm buying cut flowers, I go for long vase life... like alstromerias or spider mums. From my garden, I always cut the gladiolus as soon as the bottom bloom shows a tad of color. Keeps them from having to be staked in the garden and brightens my home. Of course, I cut many other flowers too, but those are just the ones that immediately came to mind.
Poochella
Issaquah, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2007
9:21 AM

Post #3404247

Dahlias for me: any color, any shape, any size. They continue to bloom when just about every other flower is done. You gotta have them! Darius, I was reading along the threads as you were moving into your new place. I hatched a plan to send you a bunch of dahlia tubers for those marvelous garden spaces. You would have to stake them though. Alas, this year was a bad one for storage and it isn't meant to be, but if you're ever interested let me know. It would be my gift to your great new adventure.

I like glads, liatris, snaps and asters as well.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 18, 2007
11:32 AM

Post #3404679

Poochella, I will take you up on the dahlia offer next year... IF I can remember! My Mother loved dahlias and always had a bunch of them in the house.
Poochella
Issaquah, WA
(Zone 7a)

April 18, 2007
12:01 PM

Post #3404768

Ah, another savvy Mom; they can be so wise... I will do the remembering for you, Darius, no problem. Dave's Tradetracker is a marvelous tool for reminders. Next year it is.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

April 18, 2007
1:48 PM

Post #3405164

Princess, try zinnias, you will love em. So easy and so much color, I order from Stokes seed and you can get packages by individual colors.
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

May 8, 2007
6:28 AM

Post #3474928

Lilies - Asian, Oriental, Trumpet - you name it!
gemini_sage
Winchester, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 9, 2007
4:16 PM

Post #3480154

Zinnias last and last in the vase; just can't go wrong with them!

My favorite depends on the time of year. Recently daffodils ('Fragrant Rose' was the best!) and tulips were at the top of the list. Now peonies and iris are starting to bloom. Early summer the lilies top my list.
Phrago
Coldwater, MI
(Zone 5b)

May 18, 2007
4:07 PM

Post #3511113

Big White Spider Mums...YUMMMMM
khopton
Adelaide
Australia
(Zone 10a)

May 20, 2007
12:25 AM

Post #3515163

I agree with Seandor - Lillies!! Orientals are best and even though they are a bit more expensive, I've had stems last well over a week!! Stargazer and Casablanca are beautiful. For more budget flowers I would choose alstromerias, daisy mums and even spray carnations can look nice in a more wildflower design. Of course tropicals can last up to a month too!! kh
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2007
2:30 AM

Post #3515587

Any stalk with a bloom that i can bring in the house is my very favorite!! (LOL)
huggle002
Fort Edward, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2007
2:35 AM

Post #3515599

I love them all-but I especially love a vase full of nice big bright sunflowers...
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 20, 2007
2:38 AM

Post #3515608

aren't sunflowers just the best!!!!!
huggle002
Fort Edward, NY
(Zone 5a)

May 20, 2007
2:39 AM

Post #3515612

I think so gessiegail-so simple, but you cant help but smile when you look at them...
pepper23
KC Metro area, MO
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2007
12:23 AM

Post #3546495

I like just about anything. I just brought in what looks like an unopened tulip bud that broke off it's plant. I stuck it in water and I hope it blooms since I have no idea why I have what appears to be 2 tulips plants with several buds on them. lol.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 29, 2007
12:26 AM

Post #3546514

I'm a sucker for carnations, just 'cause they smell so sweet and last so long! And dahlia's are just gorgeous!
gessiegail
Taft, TX
(Zone 9a)

May 29, 2007
2:27 AM

Post #3547169

I live in zone 9 and planted some seeds of carnations...didn't keep track of it,but they were the prettiest fragrant flowers in my winter garden except for the tall stock...
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

May 31, 2007
10:42 AM

Post #3556311

I love cut hydrangeas!!! Although they need to be well hydrated, all I have to do is drown them in water. They seem to be easiest to maintain as a plant for me too.
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

May 31, 2007
2:18 PM

Post #3556931

I ordered some garden mums this year from King's and so I am really looking forward to something in later fall. Mums seem to last a really long time too.

I guess we could answer whatever is blooming now. lol

Joann
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

May 31, 2007
8:24 PM

Post #3558335

Karmaplace, if hydrangeas like being drowned, they must LOVE New Orleans...sorry, bad joke. I'm a transplant from Jefferson Parish. We left when I was a child, but I still cried when I saw all the pictures of what the hurricane did. I still have family in Metairie, Kenner, Gretna, Destrehan and Slidell. Everyone is ok, but a lot of cleanup and repairs had to be done. I hope you and your family fared well.

Oh, and Welcome to our little family here--glad to have you!

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karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 1, 2007
12:14 AM

Post #3559104

KW, good one...after almost 2 years, I think I can handle a joke. Glad your family is safe. We're in good health, but lost the house and the garden I had worked so hard on prior to the storm. We live by the water so everything was washed out!!! Guess we were asking for it. Had the house demolished and at a loss of what to do next. Moved into my dad's, whose home was flooded but the damage wasn't irreversible. Finally settled in after almost 2 years, and just now thinking about gardening again. I'm happy to have found this place as I'm crazy about flowers. I have much to learn and am very excited to get started again. In fact, just bought endless summer hydrangeas at half price today. They don't look so good right now, but they just need some lovin. Anyhoo, thanks for the warm welcome. I'm enjoying it here already.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 1, 2007
2:45 AM

Post #3559812

Karma, so sorry about the loss of your home and garden! Another wonderful thing about Dave's Garden is that people who have plants that need thinning out are generous enough to send their excess to people who need plants, esp. in situations like yours. If you mention what kinds you're looking for, you never know, you may get offers!
forcingflowers
Grifton, NC
(Zone 7b)

June 11, 2007
11:55 AM

Post #3601262

Love hyacinths.They are so delicate and the entire house smells so good.
I force them and wish they had a perfume that smelled like them.Anybody know of a perfume that smells like them?
HD
Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2007
1:57 PM

Post #3601621

Karmaplace - check you the seed trading forum - often people have extras they just want to give away. And you could be inundated with free plants. DG people are very generous.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 11, 2007
4:45 PM

Post #3602301

OH, I noticed we have a "Helping Katrina Victims" thread, too!

http://davesgarden.com/forums/f/help4katrina/all/
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 11, 2007
8:19 PM

Post #3602984

Thanks for the suggestions...I will check it out. It's amazingly wonderful how generous gardeners can be!!!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

June 12, 2007
12:34 PM

Post #3605679

My favorite cut flower at the moment is Canterbury Bells. I planted a bunch last fall and they are bloooming pink, white, lavendar and purple.
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drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2007
12:49 PM

Post #3605742

I agree with darius, Canterbury Bells. Mine are just coming along nicely in bud, should be blooming within a couple of weeks. LOVE the subtle fragrance...

Mondays, I bring in a couple of vases of flowers to work, one for my desk and one for my supervisor's. This week's collection is rugosa rose, bachelors buttons, sweet woodruff, frilly columbine and a pink/cream perennial cornflower. Shades of pink and the vivid blue of the bachelors buttons and sweet woodruff. Such a treat to the nose!

then on Fridays, I bring another vase for supervisor to take over to her Mom. (Mom's a shut in with many medical issues)

Must have flowers...
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 12, 2007
2:31 PM

Post #3606066

How kind of you drivenbonkers, to share your flowers so. It doesn't sound like you drive anyone bonkers but bring a little light and joy. God bless you for that.
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 12, 2007
6:10 PM

Post #3606821

I agree with Lenjo, every workplace could use an instant morale boost, and flowers sure do help! I'm sure your coworkers appreciate you for that! And how wonderful of you to think of the sick Mom! I'll bet she is always perked up when she receives them!
drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 12, 2007
6:43 PM

Post #3606924

Thanks for the kind words.

I've taken flowers to work for the past 16 years, no matter where I've worked, lol. I enjoy sharing them.

Every Monday in the spring/summer/fall everyone looks forward to seeing what's in the vases, lol. It's always changing... depending on what's blooming. Sometimes it's a bunch of tulips or daffodils, some lilacs, single rose, sometimes it's a big bouquet of fancy sunflowers...

It doesn't take much to get the vases together, a few minutes with the scissors Sunday and Thursday evenings...wander around seeing what's available, and what's pleasing to my eye in a vase together...

Depending on what's blooming, even canning jars get used for vases, lol.

Big bold red sunflowers in a Mason jar...daisies in a jelly jar...

for me, it's all about the simple pleasures in life...
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 13, 2007
2:27 PM

Post #3609970

Bravo for you. We are having a great discussion of vases here on this forum , come join us, drivenbonkers, and give us your ideas. Joann
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 13, 2007
2:38 PM

Post #3610005

Vases? I collect tiny bottles for miniature bouquets--there are so many pretty tiny wildflowers out here, and I like to decorate small spaces with them. I once found a pretty cut-glass perfume bottle on the side of the road, took it home and washed it out, and it's perfect!
drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

June 13, 2007
2:44 PM

Post #3610025

then there's always the cut glass salt shakers missing their tops, for that very first viola of the season...
KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 14, 2007
9:14 PM

Post #3615329

I like that idea!! Never thought of it--how creative of you, driven!
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:23 PM

Post #3618932

Best cuts here are orchids and bromileads.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:26 PM

Post #3618942

And roses too.

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2007
7:27 PM

Post #3618947

Oh, how can you bear to cut them off? But you probably have a lot of those down in Florida...all we can get here is a few houseplants in the orchids and bromeliads.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:32 PM

Post #3618967

Brom's will grow along most of the Gulf Coast and there are some that will even grow up into coastal Virginia. Some of them are hardy down to 15*.

I have seen them used in Ikebana. I am not a flowers arranger, I just cut them an hand them over to someone who knows what they are doing. I do enjoy the results.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:36 PM

Post #3618987

We do have a few exotics that have flowers that will last for a couple weeks in a vase, especially orchids. I grow the small flowering kinds, they are easier than those big hybrids you see at the florist.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:43 PM

Post #3619004

I am glad I found this thread because it never occured to me to get a tiny vase, like a salt shaker for my desk. I always seem to knock around the bud vase that I have been using.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
7:47 PM

Post #3619020

Since I work outside in gardens every day, I don't have houseplants. I do like keep a couple of bright colored flowers on my desk. I don't enjoy doing paperwork and a couple bright colored flowers reminds me why I do what I do.

Gloxinia>

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2007
9:54 PM

Post #3619409

What glorious flowers! Thanks for sharing!

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Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 15, 2007
10:38 PM

Post #3619508

Wow, very bright, lovely. What are they?
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
11:09 PM

Post #3619610

Lenjo, see them here> http://davesgarden.com/pf/go/53149/index.html

Angelonia don't last long in the vase, too bad>

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
11:19 PM

Post #3619644

Many years ago when I was a student at the City College of San Francisco, in the Ornamental Horticulture program, I took a class on flower arranging. Thought I might need a fall back career in case gardening didn't work out. I wasn't very good, but, what I did learn was that the rules of arranging flowers are the same rules you use for making display flower beds. It has worked very well for me over the decades since.

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DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 15, 2007
11:25 PM

Post #3619659

Potted plants are long lasting uncut flower arrangements.

Notice how often I use Angelonia? It is my #1 bedding plant for summer in the heat and humidity that we have in FL.

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 15, 2007
11:40 PM

Post #3619704

I'd say your training has definitely served you very well, Dale! What beautiful gardens!
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2007
1:02 AM

Post #3619976

So dale those are hardy for you there in FL, so many neat tropicals you Floridians and Californians can do. Little bit of zone envy here. LOL
DaleTheGardener
Tampa, FL
(Zone 10a)

June 16, 2007
1:50 AM

Post #3620172

You may like the plants, but, you would dislike the weather. Hot Humid Bugs. And beautiful plants.

One of my favorite cut flowers is Plumeria, you can cut a branch, needs no water in the vase and lasts for days with fragrance. And then you can plant it. What more could you ask of a cut flower?

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KyWoods
Melbourne, KY
(Zone 6a)

June 16, 2007
2:02 AM

Post #3620222

I remember those from when I was stationed in Hawaii for four years--wonderful fragrance!
Lenjo
Mount Angel, OR
(Zone 8a)

June 16, 2007
3:32 AM

Post #3620685

I bought sticks once at a garden show in Portland and I think I put it in water and waited and waited for it to root. I just did what they told me but never did I see roots. I think I just got too impatient.
karmaplace
New Orleans, LA
(Zone 8b)

June 16, 2007
5:41 AM

Post #3621013

OMG Dale, your gardens are beautiful. Your plumeria is gorgeous. I just bought a small little cutting for $20. My sister has a few, but they're so bare now, because her guests always leave with a cutting. It's rude of people to ask when there's hardly anything left!!! Anyway Dale, I'm so jealous. Your angelonia looks beautiful. There's lots here, so I have to go buy some!!! Thanks for sharing.
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 20, 2007
5:53 PM

Post #3759513

I think my favourite cut flower is sweet peas they smell so lovely!

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terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 20, 2007
5:58 PM

Post #3759528

A little bunch I gave to my neighbour yesterday.

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Seandor
Springfield, MA
(Zone 6a)

July 20, 2007
7:09 PM

Post #3759733

You're right! Sweet peas are magnificent. I tried to grow some fancy ones (paid a lot of money for seeds) I started them way too early, and I gave some of the plants away.

Next spring I will plant spencer type and keep all the plants and plant them much closer.
huggle002
Fort Edward, NY
(Zone 5a)

July 25, 2007
12:49 AM

Post #3775597

ooooh-terriculture--those sure are beautiful!!...I am sure your neighbor felt very special.
~Dawn
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 25, 2007
1:29 AM

Post #3775823

Thankyou Dawn, I think she appreciated them because she can see them from window everyday. Sadly she has not been very well lately and is stuck indoors recovering from an operation. When I gave them to her she sniffed them
for about 10 minutes!!!! she hasn't lost her sense of smell at 86.

Are you a flower arranger? have you seen the flower show and will you tell me something about 'you' with flowers, please?!!!!!
terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 28, 2007
6:50 AM

Post #3788320

dale a gardener,

My favourite flower is plumeria too. We call it Frangipani and they are just so special. I can never manage to get
hold of them over here,even at Covent garden flower market,where you can usually get most things,I haven't seen
them in any flower shops! You are so lucky, enjoy!


drivenbonkers
Perth,, ON
(Zone 5a)

July 30, 2007
12:51 PM

Post #3795702

my favourite flowers are what ever is blooming now!

today's vases contain statice latifolia, (tiny lavender blooms) couple of cream coloured oriental lillies, purple coneflowers, liatris (gay feather and double yellow rudebeckia...

cream, bright yellow and purple...

terriculture
london England
United Kingdom

July 30, 2007
1:00 PM

Post #3795721

I agree! your vase sounds lovely, I love coneflowers too, infact it's far too difficult to chose a fav
there are so many.

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