July 1, 2011
A half century birthday calls for a serious bouquet – and notice the handle wrapped in a hosta leaf. Except for the peonies which were chilling in the fridge, here’s what’s I picked for the birthday bouquet – yellow foxglove, foxtail lily, bellflowers, yarrow, heliopsis, and hosta. My talented sister Deb arranged them; she first arranged them in a plastic florist bucket which we then set inside the metal bucket.
Happy 50th Shelly!
June 20, 2011
It’s a mystery. For years I’ve tried to grow this clustered bell flower for cutting, and regardless of where I moved it or what care I showered upon it, as far as a cut flower – it was a failure for me. Then a few summers ago as I was strolling through a friends garden, I halted in amazement as I stood before an enormous bunch of purple clustered bell flowers. The funny thing was, she didn’t even know what they were, just ‘some plant’ she got as a gift from her kids. I begged a few starts from her, and this summer they are just as stunning in my own cut flower gardens. A few years ago I wouldn’t have recommended this plant, but as the photos show, you can grow some stunning clustered bell flower for cutting – some as large as the palm of your hand!
Hardiness – zone 3 – 8
Height – 20 inches
Bloom time – early summer
Light requirements – Full sun to part sun
September 13, 2010
July 16th, 2010
Flower prep the day before the wedding – sister Deb made six hand held bouquets, 40 or so tabletop mason jar arrangements, two pulpit arrangements and the flower girls basket – all with flowers from my garden except for a few dozen roses that we ordered. We used hundreds of peonies that had been sleeping in my fridge since May and June!
Scott and Becca’s wedding – July 17th, 201o
Family pictures to follow soon!
July 8, 2010
Mid summer brings a burst a colorful perennials and annuals: purple liatris (gay feather), pink echinacea (coneflower), purple and white scabiosa (pincushion flower), solidago (goldenrod), pink clary sage, phlox, rudbeckia ‘Indian Summer’, blue delphinium, poppy seed pods, variegated grass, and hosta leaves.