Little Cottage Bouquets

  • One of the most enjoyable parts of cottage gardening is cutting bouquets. Many of the perennials you find in a cottage garden require cutting to keep them blooming so it’s a win-win situation! Also, it’s such a great way to use those little mason jars we’ve all become obsessed with! Here are some of my favorites from this year:

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    Above is a collection of dwarf dahlias, pincushion flowers, tickseed, and cupid’s dart. I sometimes add herb cuttings and sometimes not. When I don’t have enough flowers to cut, I’ll sometimes just arrange herbs by themselves. It’s nice to have something pretty to look at in the kitchen.

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    Poppies are by far one of my absolute favorite garden flowers. I planted several varieties but the one that has provided the most blooms is called “Champagne Bubbles.” The name is as lovely as the flowers! It’s a great variety because they bloom in all shades of orange, yellow, and pink. Once cut, the flowers seem to last for quite a long time.

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    Daisies can get a bad wrap because of their smell but they are a quintessential cottage flower. I find that if you just keep cutting the stems and changing the water, the blooms last a long time and the smell is not noticeable. The pincushion flowers are a staple for me and they fit perfectly in the little tiny jar vases. This photo was taken a month or so ago when I still had anemone flowers blooming. Funny side story on the anemones- early in the spring I was trying to figure out what they were when they first popped through the ground. I had figured it was something the previous owner had planted. It wasn’t until they were fully blooming that I realized they were the anemone bulbs that I had planted the previous fall! Haha! Last November I planted a bunch of random spring bulbs that were on a huge clearance sale. I had completely forgotten that I planted anemones but I am so glad that I did. These bulbs provided flowers from March until just a week ago. I have read that you can keep planting the bulbs in succession and they can go all summer long and into the fall.

    I am still waiting on some of my other plants to flower. I am excited for little bouquets of Black Eyed Susans and my Strawberry Tickseed. I always buy tiny starts because perennials usually come back much bigger the following year. Several of my plants were less than $2 each and I have gotten plenty of bouquets already. Do you have any favorite cutting flowers in your gardens?

     

     


    July 10th, 2014 | girl has thyme | No Comments |

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