Today is a bit of a different What’s Blooming post. My garden club (which meets once a month) met today at the home of someone who sells cut flower bouquets at farmer’s markets. They actually just moved into this property 6 months ago and have already done a ton to it to get it ready for the season. It’s a giant property. I was totally jealous.
Here is a view of part of the cutting beds:
She just grows long rows of flowers for cutting. Just to the left of these beds by the shade is the Battenkill river.
I about died from jealousy LOL. What a great thing to have at the end of your yard. The house actually sits up quite high, so it is high above this.
These are all brand new beds and look really good for being so new. Doesn’t it just look hot? We were back up to 90 degrees and I thought I might burst into flame, so I headed back to that shady river.
She grows a lot of zinnias and says that they are her big money maker. The buds are really cool looking.
These are the buckets of flowers that they had cut this morning to make bouquets with. This gray flower is call Ammi. It is the gardener’s version of Queen Anne’s Lace. It doesn’t lose all the little petals like QAL does – and looks a little fuller.
She talked about how to arrange flowers in vases. Start with tall backbone greens like ferns or tall stiff flowers. Then do a mid layer, then tuck in the smaller accent flowers. Use the flowers in sets of 3 or an odd number for a better look. She did these so fast! This vase took 5 minutes.
So pretty. I rarely bring in any flowers from my garden inside because I don’t want to cut into my plants! I like to sit on the porch and look at them.
Here’s another fun tip – if you have a vase of tulips, add a shot of vodka to the water. Apparently this really helps the tulips last longer!
Sigh…. I need more property. Back to my little garden.
Here is my nicotiana:
I don’t know if these are *ever* going to do anything. They should be taller and blooming by now. Guess that was a garden fail – but, could end with a nice fall show.
I am officially declaring love for sweet potato vines.
These have been fun to look at this year. See how we need to paint the porch? My August goal. When it gets cooler…
My sedum is in full “broccoli” mode now.
It’s even starting to turn color a bit.
It’s going to be a hot weekend. It’s also John’s birthday on Saturday and he gets to be king for a day!