One of my main goals is to have cut flowers from my garden on a year-round basis. The bonus comes in when the flowers provide beauty to the garden and can be brought indoors to provide joy there. It is often hard to tell from catalogs what plants may look like in the yard, and how they would behave as cut flowers. So, I would love to see what works in your garden. To start, here is one of the earlier bloomers in my yard.
Thanks Terri. The hellebores last at least 5 days. I bring them to work - where I am motivated to get rid of the dying flowers. At home, I tend to forget and the flowers sit for weeks on end...
Here is a photo of my white tree peony - outside
WoW! what a beautiful setting. I think Candee has the same white tree peony... I want one too!
The flowers shout out 'look at me' .!!
It's nice you have somewhere set up to take photo's, love the simple vase for such blousy flowers. Nice contrast.
I'll bring something in tomorrow, it's already past my bedtime!
Thanks for sharing. Keep bringing them in... love it!
Hi Terri - yes, it is great to have that setting for my flowers. It is on the second floor landing of a three story building so I get to pass by it a lot. This has been a great year for peonies here - both the tree kind and the herbaceous. Here is a photo of one of my patches. Can't wait to see your photos too.
I meant your garden was a beautiful setting LoL! but it is handy for you to have the second floor landing to take pictures of your arrangements!
Your peony is doing really well, so many blooms on it. Is that Azalia next to it? what a vibrant colour. Lovely vase arrangement.
This is such a great thread Soils. I love your garden arrangements using just one type of flower. How nice it is to get them from your own garden. I thought peonies only grow well in cold climates, is there hope for me in 8b?
Hi Terri - thanks for the compliment. I can't take credit for the brick planters - they were there when we moved into the house. The pool was put in later. And yes, that is an azalea next to it. And your roses are lovely - and what a difference each perspective gives.
Karmaplace - I do mostly one flower arrangements because I would go out to the yard before work and just snip whatever is in bloom, and then dash out to my car :))). In regards to peonies, since zone 8b is slightly cooler than 9a, I think you should be able to grow peonies. There may be some for sale in your area that doesn't as much chilled days. I know that my sister in southern CA can't grow them; not sure how your zone compares with hers.
What a lovely setting with that reflection pool. I miss my white peonies already the rains finally took them out, but not before I captured this beauty asleep on my chaise lounge, our first granddaughter Eva Grace.
Thank you Terri, I had the pleasure of keeping her a bit as well as Aby while my children were helping with arrangements for Tara this past week and then Steve kept them during the services. They are really something.
BTW, I posted a thread on dried flowers and want to get some ideas there for the memorial flowers if you get time could you swing by the thread?
Katherine - I have never planted any Daisies so can't give you any information on that. Alstromerias make good cut flowers. I got this variety of alstromeria from my sister a couple of years ago. It is a very vigorous plant, almost to the point to spreading too much. But, it produces such tall, and sturdy blooms that I am willing to have to dig around it to keep it in check. There are many other types of hybrid alstromeria that produces flowers on very short stalks, and are disappointments as cut flowers.
Ah, alstromerias, I wondered what those were. I have seen them in bought arrangements and didn't know the name.
Lovely pitcher arrangement, I like the slender vase with the spreading top, nice job with the colors as well.
Trumpet lilies are one of the first lilies to bloom in my area. Below is a photo of "Pink Perfection." This is one of the few plants in my garden that I actually purchased and therefore know the name of it. Many of the plants in my garden are given to me, or I have scavenged from various sources. This plant multiplies freely and have really strong sturdy stems - I gave some to my sister and hers is about 3 feet tall.
Thanks Candee. They do make lovely cut flowers. I only have grown a couple of types of ferns, and I like the leather leaf ones the best. They last forever. Only problem is that they get quite large and can overwhelm the arrangements. I have to search for the smaller leaves. The color of the Pink Perfection is closer to the color in the second closeup photo - a bit move lavender than pure pink.
A scarcity of stalks is not a problem with the white calla lilies. My mom gave me a few tubers 6 years ago. I planted them in 5 different spots, and they thrived in all 5 areas. I have been freely giving them away for years. And to show that I do have arrangements at home sometimes - here is one in the house. Next to the flowers is my son. Photo was taken last year - he just turned 21 a couple of days ago.
What a handsome young man and such lovely callas. Never doubted for a minute that you had inside arrangements, after all what else would we be doing with all these lovely posies.
21, ahhhhhhhhhhh, those were the days, at least from what I recall LOL! Better stop thinking about them, they almost make me faint of heart!
Belated Happy Birthday to you!
Soils, the flowers in the garden are as beautiful as your arrangements. My "cut garden" looks terrible, esp now with the heat, but it looked sad to begin with. I've really enjoyed this thread, which has motivated me to keep trying.
Happy 21st to your son. Mine turned 2 in May.. . .just another 19 years to go.
Candee and Karma - thanks for the birthday wishes. It has been many years since I was twenty one too. He's my youngest - my two older girls have both graduated from college. I look back on the baby years with great fondness - so Karma and Candee - you have so much to look forward to, with your son and granddaughter, respectively. I don't have a formal cutting garden - I just try to plant perennials, bulbs, and self-seeding annuals so that I will have a splash of color throughout the yard at all times. I don't have the large drifts of colors that you would find in more formal gardens. - and love that arrangement with the astilbe and the purple iris (is it a Siberian iris?)
Bletilla striata (Chinese ground orchids) are not a very common cut flower, but they do make good cut flowers and are very easy to grow. They can take a variety of sun/shade combinations. The purple ones I have growing in morning sun/afternoon shade, the white ones are grown in practically all sun. They bloom earlier in the year so they bloom before the weather goes too hot (in April) so these set of photos are out of chronological sequence. Here is the purple variety
Ohhh gosh, just look at all these pretty arrangements! AND such a handsome young man. Happy Birthday to you! Have a wonderful life!
Soilandup, you have been busy. I love your Alstromeras, (wish I had some)! they last so long in arrangements too. The Callas are beautiful, like the way you presented the two vases with the complimentary colours. I haven't seen the ground Orchid before, very nice to see it close up in the vase, Thank you!
Candee, your vase of flowers says... summer is here, Lovely, Thanks!
Thanks, I wish I had better luck with the astillbe. I must have planted 20 of those over the years and all different kinds and I am lucky to have about 5 and only the pink one is producing right now and perhaps will have one white in another week or two. I have also noticed this year that the jupiters beard (valerian) is not lasting long in the arrangements. In past years I have actually used it over again when all the other flowers in the vase had vanished, but now it appears to be one of the first to drop and die in the vase?
Terri - thanks for your kind comments. You should try the ground orchids. They are very easy to grow and spreads very nicely. They last 4-5 days in arrangements. They are quite delicate looking, so they can be overwhelmed by other flowers.
Candee - I have not used red valerians much as cut flowers in the past, but I remember that they wilted really quickly.
Easter lilies bloom in June in my neck of the woods. These are transplanted into the yard from potted Easter lilies and have been in the ground for several years. I have heeded warnings not to plant them next to other lilies to prevent possible spread of diseases, but I am not sure if that is a real danger or not.
Wow! Soilsandup, your vase of lilies looks so elegant and arranged with such perfect placement! Is that a Peony leaf? Really lovely. Thank you!
I don't really know about lilies, they either get the lily bug or the snails eat them here so I gave up with the oriental types
I will look out for those Orchids when I go to the next flower show at Hampton Court in July, they sell allsorts there!.
Terri-yes, those are peony leaves in the arrangement. I get a lot of slugs and snails too. Have to manually pick the snails all the time. For the slugs, since they are so tiny and slimy, I have to resort to snail bait.
Love those colors Terri, very posh spring. What are the pins sticking into and is that excelsior wafting around the vines? You know I had 2 huge bags of that from a fountain that we had shipped to us several years ago and I used some for swag arrangements of dried flowers and then after saving it in the top of the garage a few years, for some reason finally pitched it out and now I see it costs an arm and leg in the stores? Sure need my head examined sometimes!
Beautiful lilies, I agree it is so elegant. Good eye for that leaf ID Terri. I dont have a problem with slugs here and am so glad I don't cause they are some ugly!
Terri - I love sweet peas and their fragrance - but have not grown them in years. I keep forgetting to plant them. You are lucky to have them in your garden. Lovely pastel colors!! Are those pins , or are they beads threaded through the wires? The wires is a great way to keep the flowers upright and to add another layer of interest to the arrangement. I have used chicken wire in the past, but I normally have that covered up with foliage to hide it since it is not as pretty as the wires that you used. Candee - I envy your slug-less garden. The snails attack the plants from the top, and the slugs eat the bulbs underground. And the river rats vie with the squirrels and birds for the fruits.
Thanks candee and Soilsandup. Yes, the beads are threaded through the decoratve wire. They sell the wires in different colours, it's nice to experiment.
Candee, I don't know what you mean by excelsior??
My garden is really bad for slugs and snails, for some reason they leave the sweet peas alone.
Excelsior is a kind of packaging stuff that is like straw and is used in arrangements sometimes and particularly in dried hanging arrangements often used to hide the dried stems in arrangements or to spill out over a pot.
[quote] Excelsior is a wood product made of aspen fibers, used in packaging, cushioning, stuffing of stuffed animals, and for the cooling pads in home evaporative cooling systems known as swamp coolers.
Excelsior, dyed green, makes an annual appearance as the "grass" in Easter baskets, or did in earlier decades before the prevalence of plastics.
Traditionally used in stuffing Teddy bears, it is still used in stuffing the muzzles of some collectible bears. [/quote]
Here is one plant that was not what I expected when I first got it. I was looking for a medium-sized shrub, around 3-4 feet tall. I purchased this buddleja (I had always spelled it buddleia, then found out I was wrong) about three years ago. It has grown to over 10 feet every year (the fence behind it is 8 ft tall), and I have had to prune it hard every year. I did not know that buddlejas came in such a huge range of heights. I was fortunate in that I planted it in a space where it was OK for it to be bigger than expected, and it does give out a profusion of lovely purplish-pink spirals.
Beautiful Dianne, yes they do get quite large. I just transplanted one from one area to another and it was about 8'. I barely got any root with it at all as it was way too much for me to manage, but that was about 1 month ago and it is thriving heartily, so I don't think they are easily harmed either. We cut ours back to the ground every year and it just grows like crazy.
Had to do a mix bouquet this time since I didn't get around to cutting the flowers until it was past their prime. Since I don't have a separate cutting garden, I tend to leave the flowers intact while they are at their peak, and then cut them for arrangements towards the end of their bloom period. Kind of a dual purpose pre-mature deadheading. Two kinds of stokesia with larkspur and yarrow as fillers.
I must have just thought I responded to this thread, but was sure I had and here is what I recall I was going to say:
I am lucky to have stokesia that looks that good ever - let alone when it is close to being finished. Deadheading is not something I do as much as I should and so may keep this idea in my head for the next cuttings.
Very pretty and really like the bucket, and that is what I remember I was going to say when I saw your post last evening !
Thanks Terri and Candee. Summers are hot here and the varieties of flowers in bloom are dwindling. One plant that always provide a nice bright splash of color is the crocosmia. Pictured here with Russelia equisetiformis (firecracker plant). Crocosmias spread freely with lots of little bulblets. It is ironic that the one place that I wanted them to thrive - they died. I have them in three areas around the house - this area under the cherry tree is shaded most of the time. They do well in sun too.
Oh that is BEAUTIFUL> I love crocosmia! it's such a great plant, so many good parts to it. The leaves are great for weaving and the seed pods are great to dry and spray for winter arrangements and the flowers are lovely! What more could you want?
Lovely arrangement in the jug, just perfect!
It usually flowers in August/September here. I have a new yellow one, looking forward to seeing how that flowers this year.
That looks fabulous, oh how I wish mine had not croaked. Perhaps I will have to go find some somewhere as you Terri have really peaked my curiosity when you mention about the pods for winter arrangements. Don't believe I have ever seen them in yellow, be sure to post when yours bloom.
They really look great blooming in your garden as well sands.
Candee - If I remember, come fall, I can dig some up and send them to you. Send me an email to remind me sometime in Oct/Nov. I have tons of them. What I do now is when I pick the flowers, I just pull up the whole thing, and then throw the corms away.
Terri - I have not seen a yellow one either so am looking forward to see how yours do.
thanks Teri and Candee...misplaced my camera for a few days and did not take any pictures. Dahlias are great as summer flowers. They have been hit or miss in my garden. This one that I have planted in my tomato patch is one that has come back yearly. The dinner-plate size dahlias are spectacular, but since they require staking, I don't include them in my garden. I know myself well enough that I will always forget to stake them. If I had a bigger garden, I would certainly plant a lot more dahlias since they come in so many shapes, sizes, and colors.
And here it is in an arrangement. Since I wanted to leave some of the dahlia stalks for a potential second flush of blooms, I did not cut them very low. I paired them up with some alstromeria to give the arrangement enough height so that I can include a few sago palm leaves. This is the same alstromeria that has been blooming for about three months. Canna flowers don't last as cut flowers, but I always grow some for the leaves.
Spectacular arrangement Diann and I love the leaves in the bottom of the vase. That certainly is a full shrub of dahlias and great color. I have some of the dinner plate ones, I'll post if they bloom this year. I keep mine in pots as I never could remember to dig them all up at season's end.
Candee - looking forward to seeing your photos of Longwood gardens. My brother lives in Philadelphia and that is one place that I never get tired of visiting. Terri and Candee - I saw quite a few arrangements this year with leaves surrounding the vase so I thought I would give it a try. I should have added another layer on top to fully fill the vase.
Here is a shot of the black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) patch in my yard. I have read in some of the other forums that people have found this plant to be invasive, but this is the third year I have had it and it has spread to about 3x2 feet. I will probably dig some of the edges out to cut it back to about half it's size this fall. And I always cut off ALL the flowers before any of it goes to seed.
This is the third day for this arrangement and you can see some of the heads drooping. But, it does pretty well as a cut flower and it gives off a bright cheery look. Kind of like a miniature of your sunflowers, Terri.
Hi Dianne, Funny how we have different names for flowers. Black eyed susan is something entirely different to me,
It has a little orange flower with a black eye and it is a climber!
I love your Rudbeckia, it's nice to have so many flowers in one patch like that. I bet you didn't even notice they were gone for your arrangement! Which is lovely and jolly. It might last longer if you cut the stems shorter.
Talking about sunflowers, one little rabbit is not in my good books today! She munched two of my sunflower plants straight through the main stalk, end of.
Hi Dianne, the black eyed susans look very cheery both in the garden and in the arrangement. I think the vase above has just enough leaf in it, that way you can see that it is a leaf and not a green vase.
As far as the invasive I have a little story. I had black eyed susans in my gardens 10 years ago and each year they popped up in other areas until I just got tired of them. So out came the round up and I sprayed them until there were none to be seen. Then last year I saw them in another garden and had forgotten how lush and longlasting they were so off to the garden shop I went to get them again. They are blooming well right now and are already coming in a few other areas but now I seem to appreciate them more so think I'll keep them around for a few more seasons.
That is a great idea to cut it back before it goes to seed.
Terri, sorry to hear those dang rabbits got to your sunflowers. Perhaps it is time for some rabbit stew?
Candee, I've done that before! got rid of plants then bought them again a few years later!
Guess how I discovered the sunflowers had been munched? I noticed they had been cellotaped back together!!!!!!! My daughter who's the owner of the rabbit, but wasn't watching her, found the stems and taped them back together as if I wouldn't notice. Kids eh? LoL!
Terri - what a cute story about your taped sunflowers. Her heart is in the right place. Your kids' summer vacation is quite different from our school system here. Oh - my daughter arrived in London yesterday. Hope you are having good weather there!
Hi Dianne, The weather has been lovely the past week in the 80's, hot for England. Hope your daughter has a nice time and the weather stays good while she's over here!
When are the kids summer holidays over there? I think 6 weeks is far too long!!
Here's Katie watering the flowerbed for me!
Great that you have a garden helper Terri. Does she enjoy the gardening as much as you do?
The lottie is looking very nice and healthy. You really worked to get a great bed going there and it looks like it paid off.
Terri - my crocosmias are long gone - so it is nice to see yours, and in such a lovely airy arrangement. Nice backdrop you have there too. The school kids here in the California typically gets out of school mid-June, and goes back to school around the first week in September. A little over 2 1/2 months. So, your 6 weeks seems short to us :). I can never get my kids to help out in my garden, so you are lucky that Katie is out there with you sometimes. My oldest did help me harvest some nectarines yesterday.
That cornflower and pea arrangement would look great in the cafe as well as the crocosmia (what is the common name, I can't recall) - Love seeing them in bloom they are unique.
You have sweet peas galore, mine are a pitiful display just a few blooms, but better than none. That is a fantastic arrangement you have put them in.
Least you got Katie out there for a bit to assist, my kids couldn't find their way into my gardens with a road map LOL!
Here are a few more blooms I have recently uncovered. The orange lilies are in bloom and cannot remember their name.
Oh, I thought you were bringing in a huge vase for all those flowers. From yard to vase LoL!
Are you going to dry any of those beautiful flowers Candee? They could be spray painted at a later date.
Wish I had some BIG flowers!
Do you mean montebresia or somehting like that? for crocosmia.
Thanks on the sweet pea vase.
Terri - love the way you molded that snowpea vine into a "handle." I planted sweet peas years ago - I never remember to plant them in time so haven't had any for the past 10 years. Candee - I have heard some people call crocosmia "firecracker plants" because they are kind of reddish and blooms around the 4th of july in our area. But, there are lots of other plants called some kind of firecracker variations in their common names.
I was expecting a large arrangement too!! Still not too late to put one together LoL
I had some pink lilies like yours too, but they stopped coming back after two years. I probably have had as many plants died (or dug out because they were not what I wanted) as I have presently growing...
Oops, another blonde lapse. Told you I don't know what I am doing. Now I guess I am forced to go cut them and do something splendid since I put them all on the wrong thread! I'll see what can be done about this!
Do you think the dahlias would dry nicely? Perhaps I will try a couple.
Dianne, I think we called them something like devils something or other but the name escapes me at the moment.
Oh, I went to my 2002 journal and found a photo, we call it Lucifer!
Thanks Dianne, the 'handle' just came about by accident, but I thought it added a bit more interest so kept it!
Hi Sue, yes we love this thread, it's nice to 'arrange' in a vase what is available from the garden/yard!
Looking forward to seeing your vases and flowers of course!
Candee, I imagine the Dahlia would dry nicely, but I haven't tried.
Lucifer is a variety of crocosmia! It's a much fuller flower than the one I have in the garden. I think that I may have lucifer at the lottie.
Looking forward to seeing what you put all your flowers in, no oasis here. LoL!
Warning ... the picture is a bit fuzzy, ok Candee!
Here is a plant that I rarely see anywhere - Francoa ramosa. I got it from a friend over 10 years ago. It has very SLOWLY spread. I have about 5-6 plants now, in two spots. Mostly shady with a little sun. Sorry the picture is a little fuzzy. It is not a plant that shouts out "look at me" but it does entices you to come closer and take a look. Leaves form a rosette at the bottom, with flower stalks about 2-3 feet tall.
Is anyone else having trouble with the threads today, or is it my computer? Several times I've posted and it has gone! or won't load.
Dianne,They are lovely delicate flowers simply and elegantly arranged! like the way you curved the leaves around the neck of the bottle.
Thanks for the close up, it's a very pretty flower. The bottle is a great idea.
I hope you all are happy, I had to get the wheelbarrow to carry these humongous petals and make an arrangement. Kinda oriental I think but believe I used the yellow dahlia, while hibiscus, orange and pink lilies, just as planned LOL!
I'm happy! especially when there are lovely arrangements to look at.
Better late than never, and well worth the wait. It does look oriental, with the twigs and the size of the flowers, your hibiscus must be some giant flower, it's enormous! Nicely planned LoL!
What is the base? or shouldn't I ask...
Sorry you had to collect them with a wheelbarrow, you deseve a drink!
Oh Sue they are very cherry, nice job of pruning, I need you to come prune over here please.
Terri the base is first an antique pewter candy dish with the glass insert removed. Then inside that is an old pewter ashtray. The astray has the cigarette holders coming out the side in two spots that just hold it to the edge of the candy dish. The cigarette holder also has a slot on the side that would have been used to hold a pack of cigarettes. So now imagine that and here is how I made it work. A tiny frog in the candy dish as there was just enough space not covered by the "floating" ashtray. Into that frog I inserted the pink lily. The huge hibiscus is just floating in the water in the ashtray. The slot that is raised on the side of the ashtray was just the right size for a piece of oasis and into that is stuck the orange lily and dahlia. The corkscrew is stuck in another tiny frog that is also down inside the candy dish!
Brilliant I tell you LOL! Took me the entire day to think of how I could present these!
Candee - glad you took the time to do the arrangement. Very ingenious. That is the largest hibiscus I have ever seen. I took the simple way out - the bottle that I used above as a vase is a bottle of Chivas that a guest gave us a quite few years ago. Don't remember how the 21-year-old scotch tasted like, but I knew that I wanted that bottle (I think it is ceramic) for a vase. I love that shade of blue.
Sue - I have never heard of Federation Daisy before, but after seeing your pictures, that is something that I would definitely consider growing for cut flowers. How long does the blooms last? These are the exchanges that I was hoping for when I started this thread. To get exposed to new possibilities. My ultimate goal is to have plants flowering throughout the year so that I can have at least 52 arrangements - or at least the option of having 52 arrangements since sometimes I get lazy and don't cut anything even if there are flowers available.
I never did find the name for the Federation daisy, as thats what name they're marketed under here. I googled it once, but couldn't find anything connected. Its the last month of winter here, but I am in a milder climate (5-25 degrees celcius, or 40-80 degrees farenheit) and they have flowered on and off all the last 12 months. I have to cut the flowers to keep the bush compact, or it goes leggy, with foliage at the ends and woody stems below. So I let it flush in flower, and as they start to fade, cut it all back (saving the flowers for the vase) and it comes back pretty much right away, and even gives me another, sparser flush of blooms. I cut sprigs all year for other arrangements, and that also keeps the bush in shape.
I don't quite understand the zones yet, are you in California Soilsandup? What are your min/max temps in winter?
Thanks for your compliments. Dianne if you think that hibiscus is huge wait till to see the dinnerplate dahlia I took a photo of yesterday.
You are all very fortunate to be in zones that you can consider arranging all 52 weeks. In another couple months I'll be here admiring them, so keep them coming. Long about September I start digging and storing and the flowers in the stores are just way too expensive here.
Nice chivas bottle Sue, do you run a bed and breakfast? That's a nice gift to receive!
I did a search in the DG database and that federation daisy looks a bit like this one? http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/go/56228/
There are plenty more, if that isn't it. Could always post it on the ID forum, they ID this stuff very quickly and accurately.
Sue - we have relatively mild winters - highs 50-60 F, lows around 38 F. We get maybe 10 days of freezing temps of around 32 degrees. Once in a while, it will dip down to 22 (-5 celcius). However, in 1991 or 1992, we had an extended period of below freezing temperatures and about 90% of the plants at my house died. The house was fully landscaped when we bought it, and even though I did not like what was there (generic green scrubs) I did not have the heart to dig them out. But, once they died, I was able to plant to my heart's content all the flowering plants that I wanted. I have about 8 weeks where there isn't much blooming, but I am working on that.
Candee - what you found sounds like what Sue has. It does have a long blooming period, and is tolerant of frost so it is a good autumn/winter flowering plant here in my zone too. And the chivas bottle is mines (though Sue can borrow it anytime LoL). I work at the University at Davis, and we often get visitors from other countries visiting our department who generously bear gifts.
Terri - I was wondering what the pinkish-purplish flowers were in your homemade ice cream concoction at the cafe. Now I know it is purple loose strife. And I have never seen a dark pink scabosia - just the blue ones. Learnt 2 new things today! Clear vases are neat to play around with and your arrangement is lovely.
What a great idea Terri, I always thought my clear vases were boring, but now I might have a go at dressing them up. I love your loosetrife, but the name "scabious" sounds terrible!
That daisy looks exactlylike mine. They come in all different shades of pink and white and purple I think!
I was a bit confused about the Chivas, but it's all good now!
So soilsandup, your climate isn't too different from mine, just a bit cooler. When do you get your rainy season?
Hi ladies! All I can say is I am sooooo envious of your gardens and arrrangements. Everything is just beautiful in here. Haven't had much time for fun lately, but it's been nice looking at your pictures. Thank you!
HHHHHeeeeeeeeeellllllllllllllooooooooooooo Karma df. Nice to see you, hope you will have some free time to play sometime this summer!
Thankyou all for the lovely comments! Love seeing everyones ideas, and learning about the best cut flowers.
Sue - our rainy season is in Jan/Feb/Mar - we are classified as having Mediterranean type climate. Dry summer, rain in winter.
Karma - nice of you to join us on this thread.
And, one of my favorite flowers is in bloom now - Amaryllis belladonna - also known as naked lady. I remember this flower from my childhood days as they thrive in many areas because they do not require any summer water.
And here it is in a vase. The sturdy long stem makes it a great cut flower, though over time, the stalks will droop a bit. I did not have good lighting, but using the flash makes the color looked washed out, so I opted for fuzzy.
And finally, a close up of the bloom. The fragrance is wonderful - not overwhelming or too flowerly, but nice and subtle. I got the bulk of my bulbs from a neighbor across the street who was selling their house. Because these plants lose their leaves in the spring and don't green up until after the blooming period in August (hence the common name - naked lady) and she did not want dead plants in her yard for the open house, she dug them all up and planted "presentable" plants in those spots. She left two huge bags of bulbs in my front doorstep and I have been giving them away freely when I thin out my patches. I have them in shade and sun to spread out the blooming period.
Dianne, those naked ladies are beautiful and so you say scented lightly as well. So nice of your neighbor to need them removed LOl! Worked out great for you and they are pretty in your arrangement.
Karma, great to have you drop in. Now remember all work and no play... you know what they say - I hope, I have forgotten!!!
Terri, like what you have done with the clear vase. I have several and have tried to spice them up but nothing as lovely as yours. I agree with Sue, I have some but just never liked the name scabiosa (sounds like something that needs picking LOL)!
Well you got fans now Dianne! I just love seeing everyone's gardens. Each with its own style and unique species.
I have an unusual one as well. Have you ever seen the dracuncula vulgaris that I grow? Not sure if I have posted them before or not? They are of a slightly foul odor, the flies love them, but a gorgeous presentation. Nothing you would want in an arrangement though.
Here is a link to many pics of them in my garden in the Spring if you care to take a peek.
Thanks for the greetings. I finally have time to play. Here is a picture of my hydrangeas at the height of the blooming season. I've had a hard time cutting anything as my garden (mostly in containers) is only a year old.
Here they are in a vase at the end of their season. I used mostly "blushing bride" (the ones on the right in the above pic) and a touch of "limelight" hydrangeas. They feel almost papery and look really artificial. . .great for drying!
Hi Karma, glad you got some time to pop in. I am impressed, I have had a hydrangea for about 8 years, never a bloom not a single one. I finally transplanted it this past spring and it is much bigger than ever and much bigger than yours and still not a single flower. You have a magical touch and those colors are delightful. Thanks as well, I had no idea they were good for drying, if I ever get one I'll try it. You also remind me that I need to go looking for some new vases, that one is very pretty and I love the rectangular shape.
Karma - looks like you are the only one of us here successful with hydrangeas, and thanks for the lovely arrangement. It is one plant that I did not have in my garden. I got a rooted cutting from a roundup a couple of years ago, but it is still a tiny little thing. I finally put it into the ground a couple of months ago and hopefully it will be happier there. "Blushing bride" is a great name - I can see a bride walking down the aisle with a bouquet like your arrangement. Sans the vase of course, though I also think that is a great vase. You say your garden is about a year old - did you just move a year ago?
Candee - enjoy seeing the pictures of your drac - and no, I am not familar with that plant. It is a very striking plant and so healthy under your care. And your yard looks huge - no wonder that you have so many plants!
I love this thread -- and the flowers are beautiful. Obviously a lot of you have green thumbs -- and a talent for flower arranging.
I, too, love to bring the flowers indoors. It feels like such an indulgence to have them in the house. My latest is a flower that I was surprised to find works well as a cut flower -- Liatris/Blazing Star.
Put one large Liatris in a bud vase the other day -- totally modern arrangement. Really surprising. Luckily, I love to see 'something different' once in a while.
If I ever get the time (thyme :) ), I'll plant Baby's Breath again, more peonies (gotta love those), Peegee Hydrangea, Delphinium...
Hi No_Thyme , welcome to the thread! Love your liatris, where's the modern arrangement to go with it? LoL!
I planted some this year, but nothing! I think the squirrels dug them up! Thanks for sharing those.
Nice to meet you no_thyme. Always love to see new faces, be sure to check out the other threads in this forum, we have a great time with arranging.
I just discovered what a great cut flower liatris is as well. I have been growing it for years but never cut until this year when it worked great as a candlestick arrangement. I couldn't believe how long it lasted and didn't even mind when the water was gone, it still thrived a few days. Would love to see your modern arrangement with it as well.
Greetings also, No Thyme. I had liatrus back a few years ago - both the white and purple. They came back the first year, very little the second year, and then nothing the third year. Slugs may have been the problem. They are really neat cut flowers so I may try again. Yours look nice and healthy!
Candee - do you just leave your Drac in the ground to overwinter? In zone 6a, you must get a lot of freezing.
We get a lot of freezing Dianne, but the dracs come back every year. I have had mine for about 8 years now. Tried to pot one for one of the RU's we hosted at the cabin, but it didn't survive. I just cut them to the ground when they are finished and they are one of the first signs of spring that I look for. I love them as they first begin growth as they look like a kind of palm tree.
Thanks Candee. I bought the hydrangeas off the 75% off shelves at lowes last year! Most of the hydrangeas are endless summer hydrangeas, which bloom on new and old wood. Could that be why? Don't know about having that magical touch! Maybe it's the soil. I use the potting mixture that is posted in the sticky of the container gardening forum, and I really swear by it. As for the vase, you can find it at Walmart! Nowhere special.
Terri, thanks! Did you get the florist hydrangeas for Mother's Day? I knew this man who would bring home all the "croaked" ones from the store and plant them in his garden. They must have did well because he would bring the cut blooms to work.
Soils, thank you. My "blushing bride" is supposed to have a little blush to it as I've seen at the stores. Mine have bloomed white, and as the blooms fade, they turn green like in the arrangement. Thanks for asking, I only started seriously gardening a year ago when I joined DG. I lost my home in a hurricane 3 years ago, moved around for a year, had a baby, and finally settled in with my dad 2 years ago. My dad and I sort of have a partnership in gardening.
No Thyme, love your username. If I was clever enough, it would have been my name! I love liatris. Started some from seeds, and got only one to bloom! Welcome to the cut flowers forum. The ladies here are super nice and fun. Hope you stick around.
I don't know Karma, I don't know what some of my plants are doing. The hydrangea has been around a long time and it has always died back to the ground every fall and then in spring looks like a brand new bush, never any bigger than the previous year and never a bloom. We shall see next year as I have transplanted it to another spot and have been putting my coffee grounds on it to give the soil a bit more acid, that in addition to crossing fingers.
I wanted to share this photo, Terri and Sue saw it at the cabin as it is all around the pond. It is joe pyeweed and I have just learned it is great when dried so will be cutting lots the next trip to the cabin. The plants are huge about 5-6' tall and just grand heads of blooms. Hope they are still going strong in 3-4 weeks as we won't be back up for a while.
Candee, do you remove the old branches? If you do, then maybe that's the reason. Your hydrangea might be the kind that blooms from old wood only. I leave mine even though they look dead. Come spring, leaves will start coming out from them.
Nope, never pruned it as a matter of fact it was in a spot where I almost never even saw it, just really happened upon it again this year and decided it was time to place it elsewhere. Perhaps next spring will have a return on my moving investment? Thanks for the info though so I will not touch it this year.
Hi Terri - that is a neat arrangement for a coffee table setting as you pointed out. You always have such unique ideas. I have a short snail vase with holes in it - have not yet figured out how to use it. I'll take a photo of it and maybe you can give me some hints????
Nice arrangement, Candee. You sure have a nice variety of colored grasses and leaves.
I haven't looked at my "treasure" that I picked up at a flower garden show for so long that I had forgotten what it looked it. It is not a snail, but more of a conch shell. It has holes in the body, so it is more like a frog. The inside is hollow so the way it works must mean that I have to put the shell in a bowl of water. But, I figure if I added flowers to the holes, the shell holder would be all covered...so, I have not used it yet. Any suggestions??
Hi soils and all. I would use long stems in that shell, with oasis under of course, and yes, I guess you would have to put a container of some sort under it. Good luck.
Nice flowers Candee. I wish you'd shut up about the blood grass, as I have still to source it here! I even went to a nursery trade show, and they had all the same old, same old plants! I wish they'd get with the times and keep up with the trends!
Woo hoo, Terri!
PS, I'm not picking flowers as there is only a bit left in the garden, and I have visitors arriving next week.
All right already Sue, nuf said, I'll keep it to myself LOL! Have you checked out the other grasses (not bloodgrass) in my arrangement on the outside arrangements? You are not gonna like that one any better!
I am sure your company will be astounded at the wealth of blooms and growth in your lovely beds.
Diann, thanks, I do have a variety to choose from and it makes a nice backdrop to the flowers.
That container is great, where do you find these things? I gotta keep my eyes open and think outside the box more. Sue is right oasis under and some sort of dish or tray underneath. Becareful with the tall stuff as it may have a tendency to tip in shallow oasis but will look stunning. Perhaps start out tall and then get short quickly with a big bold contrasting color. Then you could put a few more shells or stones on the plate beneath.
Candee, nice arrangement. I love the bloodgrass and the complimentary foliage at the bottom. I made a trade with a lady on here for bloodgrass. Spent over $8 on postage to send her irises and haven't gotten my bloodgrassl. It's been over a month now. :( I decided I'm not ever going to trade again. It's probably cheaper to buy it somewhere.
Sue, could you order it online? Would they ship to Australia?
Soils, neat conch. I haven't thought of anything yet. I'm sure what you come up with will be great.
Karma, I can send you some if I can keep the roots wet enough in wet paper bags and could try the same to aussie land if you want me to Sue, why don't you 2 dmail your addys to me.
I'll do whatever I can to get Sue off my back about this stuff LOL!
I am stretching it a bit to call the Japanese anemone a cut flower since the blossoms only last a couple of days, but I like it so much that I use them anyway. It makes a delicate arrangement, albeit short-lived.
I had to think twice before cutting these this morning, but since I got about 4 plants that actually survived from all the seeds that self-sow last year, I went ahead and cut them. They make beautiful cut flowers and lasts a long time. When I planted the leatherleaf fern, I did not expect it to get so big - almost as tall as I. But, it provides a nice backdrop for tall flowers.
Dianne, I love the Japanese anemone - really looks interesting as a grouping. The lilies are lovely and will last a while I believe, least that has been my experience. Lucky you with the ferns. When I cut mine, they croak before the day is done. I hate that cause they provide such a nice backing as you show there.
Candee - give the leatherleaf fern a try. Those last forever. I have grown maidenhairs, but they don't last at all, wilting fast. (and terribly hard to get rid up - I am still pulling them up) The boston ferns are too flimsy. Haven't tried any other ones.
Lovely arrangements Dianne! like the fan shape with the anemones in your jug, it looks airy and elegant.
The lily arrangement looks good using the ferns.
Candee, I always soak ferns underwater for few hours before use to help keep them hydrated for the arrangement.
Diane, more pretty arrangements! Haven't seen japanese anemones before. They look sort of whimsical in your garden. I like how you used the lilies and fern in your arrangement. Thoughtful placement of the ferns. Thanks for sharing.
Terri - you have a nice variety of flowers there. Neat vase too.
My plane leaves bright and early Thursday morning so I will not be posting anything here until October. Looking forward to seeing all of your garden pictures when I get home. If I am lucky, there will be still some of the white Japanese anenomes still blooming then - they are just opening up now.
Karma - I am leaving for Europe in two days - starting with a 9 day cruise from Amsterdam and ending in Barcelona, a week in Barcelona, a few days in Berlin, and 11 days in Denmark. Back for 5 days, then a week in Houston. I should be packing right now, but I wanted to get one more shot in before I left. Here is a photo of a purple echinacea. I am going to cheat and have you all use your imagination and picture it in a vase. I tried to grow some of the white and yellow variety, but they did not take. Thanks for all your good wishes and great suggestions for things to see...Looking forward to chatting with you all when I get back.
Bye, bye Dianne, if you get a cyber cafe in your travels we would love to see photos of your adventures! We will be looking forward to your return with grand memories of stories and photos of your trip!
Terri, your plot is a jungle of plants. What a remarkable change from the seasons opening when you were just getting it ready, sure did take off! I love the glads, but they drive me nuts when they start falling over. I swear every year that if I had wanted them to come back they would not, but if I had one that I really liked, it never seems to make it. I am not planting anymore of them, if they come again fine, if not that is fine as well!
Oh, forgot Karma, my bachelor buttons are different from the coneflowers that Terri has shown. Mine are individual plants and they spread like wildfire so most have been erradicated.
Thanks Karma! yes, I think you do call them bachelor buttons. I have been collecting the seeds, if you want I can send you some!!!!!! I don't know if they will turn out the same blue but hopefully I will have more plants. In the photo there are two plants, one is a short variety and the other planted behind is taller. Oh by the way, Disney World Orlando is fabulous from what I remember!! Peyton will love it.
Dianne, Love your echinacea, the one I planted this year, just had a few leaves and now it looks very sorry for itself!! Hope you have time to drop into the cafe for a farewell cuppa or cocktail before you go!
Thanks Candee, I'm pleased with my plot this year, already thinking about what to grow where next year!! I agree about the glads, they are annoying falling over. I should have put sticks in earlier, but hey !!!!!
I put supports for my glads and even then they collapse? There just seems to be no keeping them upright, much like a few of my ventures to the cafe LOL.
I took Tim and Tasha to Disney when they were young and it was a real great time, you will really enjoy it. Have you been before? When are you going?
Dianne, I have several colors of echinacea, some do much better than others, perhaps yours will come around next season?
Candee, Karma, and Terri - I did not really mind the floppiness of the glads when I was growing them. It was when I started to get deformed flowers and realized that there was a thrip problem that ended my gladiolus growing days. I read somewhere that to control the thrips, you have to constantly spray insecticide and I did not want to do that. Someone in one of the other DG forum mentioned spraying the area with garlic juice, so on my one remaining gladiolus patch, I may try that next spring. Do you have any problems with thrips?
Disney World Orlando is one place that I have never been to. I'm sure you'll have a good time there Karma.
Candee - as for the other colors of echinacea - I planted all the seeds that I had and since none survived, I won't have any to try for next year. Maybe I'll see you all at the cafe tonight.
Terri - what a lovely bouquet to come back to!!!! It has taken me awhile to settle back into the routine. The landing at work looked really bare, so I figure I should get a few more bouquets out before everything is dying back. Pictured here in the yard is white Japanese anenome and a red dahlia. The dahlia is a new purchase this year, and I love that rich, dark, red.
and here it is in an arrangement with a few leatherleaf ferns. The ferns are one of my mainstays for greenery - with cutable (is that a word?) fronds throughout most of the year. I should move it over to the cafe for the weekend - I vaguely remember reading something about looking for black and red arrangements to go with the modern look? The white Japanese anenomes last a few days longer than the purple ones.
Very pretty Dianne, love the Dahlia, which one is that? I bet they missed your arrangements at work when you were away! It does look modern and airy, lovely. It will fit in with the modern arrangements at the cafe perfectly!
Glad to have you back, looking forward to the next one!!