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!

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!

Florist designer - sister Deb

sorting peonies for the wedding

Scott and Becca’s wedding – July 17th, 201o

Storm watching before the wedding

Scott and Becca's rainbow

Funnel cloud over the church after the wedding

Becca's bridal bouqet

Handheld bouqets all in a row

mason jar arrangement

Made with love

Family pictures to follow soon!

Mid summer bouquet

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.

Fresh bouquet ~ 6-28-10

June 29, 2010

Delphinium, white phlox, asiatic lily, drumstick allium, baptisia pods, pink bachelor button, peony and hosta.

Fresh bouquet 6-7-10

June 15, 2010

Huge peonies became the focal of this arrangement; they are accompanied by Salvia ‘Carradonna’, Salvia plumosa, false Queen Anne’s lace (ammi majus), ‘Husker’s Red’ penstemon, Buplureum, Goat’s beard, and hosta.

Fresh bouquet 6-5-10

June 10, 2010

Peonies, ‘Carradonna’ salvia, bellflower,  goat’s beard, lady’s mantle, and hosta.

To market, to market

May 28, 2010

What’s blooming today and heading for market?  Lupine, peonies, false queen anne’s lace, sweet william, goats beard, coral bells, buplureum, and salvia.  Most of these flowers are blooming weeks ahead of schedule because of an unseasonably warm weather pattern that we’ve been experiencing.

I picked these flowers late in the evening and let them condition in a bucket of water overnight.  Then early the next morning I made them into bouquets and put sleeves around each one for protection and a nice appearance.   Then off to market to find a new home.

What’s blooming in your gardens today?

Fresh bouquet ~ 7-20-09

July 21, 2009

bouquet 7-20-09

I had breakfast guests coming so nipped to the garden to pick this quick bouquet of lilies, dill, and poppies.  It took less than five minutes from start to finish!  The old pitcher I found at a thrift store for just a couple of bucks.  Are your lilies and poppies blooming?


I wanted to see what I could come up with for a bouquet using rhubarb seed heads as an unusual point of interest.  In this wacky bouquet I also used tulips, bleeding heart, dame’s rocket,  iris, allium, yellow baptisia, and lilac.  Oh, and a wingy piece of asparagus so the rhubarb wouldn’t feel all alone.

bouquet-6-14-08.jpgLocal subscribers will receive a bouquet of fresh cut flowers once a month while our gardens are blooming.  Three options to choose from:

3 months – $48.00
4 months – $62.00
5 months – $73.00

Each bouquet will consist of approximately 20-25 fresh cut stems in a standard vase.  Tax and delivery not included.  Local delivery only, available for $5.00 extra per delivery.  Pick up or delivery dates are flexible and will be arranged with buyer.  For more information call Cheryl at 320-286-5384.

Our homegrown, fresh cut flowers are:

Planted with Faith

Tended with love

Gathered with care

bouquet 6-14-08