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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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!
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)
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!
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...
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!!!!!
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!