A Cutting Garden


Hi everyone!

Well, we have had some rain here which has washed a lot of the snow away. So, now I am staring at a sad bleak lawn and garden beds. I am so ready to get out there and start cleaning up the beds and pots and getting things ready for planting. But, this is Michigan, and we could get snow tomorrow.

But, that hasn’t kept me from planning my flower beds and our herb beds. We have been going through seed catalogs and ordering different seeds to try out this year. We have a small greenhouse set up inside with seedlings started.

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Now, most of my long time readers know that we live in a townhouse. that means just a small little yard. So, don’t picture grand gardens, no room for that. But, I don’t let that stop me from planting small beds or pots. And since my room is so limited, I hate to cut the flowers that I have yet, I love fresh bouquets of flowers in the house.  So, I talked to my mom and I am going to plant a nice size cutting garden at her house. Fortunately for me, my parents live 5 minutes away.

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Here is a little Flower Arranging history from EHow:

Around 1,000 A.D., the art of flower arranging began in Europe and it blossomed during the Italian Renaissance. Beautiful, ornate vases were used as well as other material gathered from the forest or garden, such as willow branches or grasses. Ribbons were added for accent during this period and are still an important part of floral design technique

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I want a nice variety of flowers and colors. After researching a ton of cutting garden sites, I have decided to start with these Annuals:

Snapdragons, Cosmos, Larkspur and Zinnias.

picture2life_53041_originalAnd these Perennials:

I want to plant Shasta Daisies, Sweet William, Delphiniums, Columbine and Fox Glove.

picture2life_19254_originalThat is that I have planned so far. What do you think of the assortment? The colors could be a bit different of course since I just pulled stock pictures from the internet.

I am really looking forward to planting this cutting garden. I love flowers and can’t wait to be able to have some to cut and arrange in my home.

As far as cutting flowers for an arrangement, I found this good information from Sunset.com:

  • Harvest flowers two days before the event, and choose blooms that are about three-quarters open. Do it early in the day while the air is still cool; plunge the stems immediately into a bucket of cool water.
  • Recut stem ends under water, then keep stems immersed in a bucket of water for 24 hours in a cool, shaded place. Use water alone or add a drop of bleach to keep it clean longer. If you're working with hollow-stemmed flowers such as dahlias or mignonette, invert them one at a time, fill the stem with water, stop up the end with your finger, then plunge the stem upright back into the bucket.
  • Arrange flowers in a water-filled vase for maximum life. Or arrange them in floral foam, which provides more design control but sacrifices some vase life

So, are you planning your flowers yet? Do you plan to add any new flowers to the ones you already have?

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26 comments :

  1. What good advice I did not know this.
    I am looking through magazines trying to decide what I want to do this year.
    Thanks for the information on cut flowers.
    Have a great weekend.

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  2. Zinnias are my favorite! I planted some in raised beds last week...we get to start a little earlier in southern MS! Good luck with your garden!


    Kelly

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  3. I'm thinking about my garden too. Can't wait to get my hands dirty!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

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  4. Yay..such a lovely post! i am passionate about nature and flwoers and gardening..so I enjoyed this. I have small area in my garden for a cutting garden...it is fun creating bouquets and giving them as gifts too! Wonderful post..super inspiring!
    have a fabulous wkd!

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  5. I am planning on more flowers this year with some variety. Love the one's you have chosen. hugs, Linda

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  6. Love zinnias, pretty, colorful, easy to grow, love to be cut-perfect! Have fun:@)

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  7. Looks like we'll be seeing plenty of pretty flower pictures in the upcoming months.

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  8. I love looking forward to flowers...Shasta daisies are always my favorites...Have a beautiful weekend!!!

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  9. First Diann, I just want to say that your blog looks beautiful! Love your header and your pretty background! How fun to have a cutting garden at your Mom's. You've picked some beautiful flowers to plant, and that mosaic you created is so pretty. I can't wait to see your new cutting garden and all of the pretty bouquets you're going to create! Thanks for sharing this pretty post and great advice for Favorite Things. laurie

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  10. Thank you for the history and the advice!
    Gardening is my church...I hope you enjoy it as much as i do!
    I am so very excited for you!

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  11. awesome! I hope you have a great success! you should link this into Fertilizer Friday!

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  12. That is going to be one pretty garden! So colorful. Love it!

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  13. Thats exactly what I needed to see today! Rain, rain, rain here--dreaming of spring. Lots of inspiration from your post. Have a great weekend.

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  14. love your flower choices! Lezlee

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  15. Happy....sweet and sugary pink Saturday.....Have a wonderful week end and God Bless You!

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  16. Diann,
    Love this post! You know that I live in a townhouse too and my entire backyard is one big flower bed! We had to keep it fairly open when we had a dog but now that our sweet Savanna is gone, I want to do an English Garden look in the back. I am thinking of planting the same perennials that you have just mentioned!I am so looking forward to being able to plant more in the back yard this year! Can't wait to see your townhouse garden too!!

    HPS!!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  17. Great flower choices - I havent dared look at my garden yet as I've got so much to do in the house - eek! Scarlett x

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  18. I'm one of your Pink Saturday neighbors and it looks like we are both anxious to get dirt under our fingernails. Hurry up, SPRING!

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  19. LOVE YOUR CHOICES. I HAVE PLANTED ALOT OF COSMOS. LOVE HOW TALL THEY GET! ANOTHER ONE THAT MY MOTHER PLANTED FOR CUTTING WERE STRAW FLOWERS. THEY SEEMED TO LAST A LONG LONG TIME AFTER THEY WERE CUT.

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  20. Happy Pink Saturday!


    You and I sure love gardening!


    ~ Gabriela ~

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  21. i love your choices. it always makes me happy when the seed catalogs start to arrive. i keep thinking spring can't be far behind!

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  22. I think we are all itching to get outside and plant. Not till late May here though!

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  23. Good luck with your garden. Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

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  24. I would love to plant flowers... but it is too early where I live- they would probably be ruined by cold or snow yet. Lovely to look at your photos- thanks for sharing at FNF! :)

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  25. Beautiful flowers, I love the columbine and the shasta daisies. I can not wait to start seeing some flowers in my yard. Love the pretty arrangement, have a great week!

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  26. Dian, what a fun post! I love hearing about what you are planning for your awesome gardens! I especially love foxglove and delphiniums. In fact, delphiniums are one of my all-time perennial favorites. So fun to think about! I love your gardens. You and Troy do such a great job with them.

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