Hello There! I hope you are doing well today and safe wherever you are. Today we are having another kitchen break and will be doing a garden talk. Summer is soon to end and I feel that I am not ready for that. But as always say, there is always something to enjoy in every season. For now, let us enjoy what is left of Summer. I still have few Summer flowers blooming in the garden and I thought I would share with you another thing that I love to do. That is to make flower arrangements with flowers from my garden. Let me show you what I did so far.
Before we go any further, let us first touch on the difference between annual, biennial and perennial when it comes to plants. This could apply to both flowers and vegetables. Knowing the difference will help you decide when you are selecting what to plant.
What is the difference between Annual, Biennial & Perennial
- Annual – Plants that perform their entire life cycle from seed to flower within a single growing season. All roots, stems and leaves of the plant die annually which means you need to start all over again and replant it if you want to grow it the following year.
- Biennial – Plants which require two years to complete their life cycle. First season growth results in a small rosette of leaves near the soil surface. During the second season’s growth stem elongation, flowering and seed formation occur followed by the entire plant’s death.
- Perennial – Plants that persist for many growing seasons. Generally the top portion of the plant dies back each winter and regrows the following spring from the same root system. When starting perennial plants from seed (like Shasta Daisy or Coneflower) blooms will happen either in early Spring or Summer of the following year and each year thereafter.
- Annual/Perennial – A plant can behave as an annual or a perennial depending on local climatic and geographic growing conditions.
Last week, I shared with you what flowrs I have in my garden, if you missed it, check out my Garden Talk: What is in my Garden This Year post. The flowers I showed in that post are the one that I used for this arrangements. I did not buy a single thing. That is the main idea, to grow flowers and use it to lighten up my home. It gives me so much accomplishment seeing them in my room while I work. So worth it. Plus, flowers have a way of lifting my spirits.
This one above is one of my first flowers to cut from the garden. This was from an early spring when Lupin and Daisy started to bloom. I don’t know what the names of the yellow ones though, they were from last year that came back this year. I always prefer planting perineal as they came back every year.
Pink power flower. These are sweet peas, purple coneflower, dahlia and sweet Williams. This was early Summer bloom, almost end of Spring to early Summer. Sweet pea are climbing flowers, and although they do not have long stems for cutting, they look nice when bundled together in a bouquet.
One of my favorite. Shasta Daisy. I planted this last year but only got plenty of blooms this year. It started blooming early Spring up to late July. They are great for cut flowers because they have long stems and they last long.
A bundle of Sweet Williams, another one of my favorite. They come in various colours and bloom the second year. They are biennial flowers. What I love the most about this flower is they make great cut flowers because they last long, probably a week snd they still look fresh. I had so much white variety left after cutting the colored ones and I decided to make them into bundle like this.
More Sweet Williams, plus few Lipin and Poppy. This one is the colored variety of Sweet Williams, I love the bright pink and purple shades. I added few Poppy but Poppy ended up not a great one for cut flowers, at least this kind. They are long and tall, but the petals are so fragile that they only last 1-2 days even when in water. They look beautiful while it last.
A little bit of everything here. Lupin, Sweet Williams and Daisy. I recall this is one of the last Lupin before they started to seed.
More Shasta Daisy. I had so much bloom that I cannot even catch up cutting them. They bloom like crazy. There was a fine I had 3 vase with Shasta Daisy just to be able to use them.
You can probably tell these are mostly leftovers. They are the last blooms that managed to cut and put together.
Shasta Daisy and Black Eyed Susan, perfect combination. The vibrant yellow paired with the soft white makes it looks elegant.
This one is the most recent, I just made last week. Another Pink Power flowers. Gladiolus, Lily, Purple Coneflower and Dahlia. I love the combination of pink in this bundle. It is very soothing to eye, very feminine and delicate looking. Looking at this makes me want to plant more flowers next year.
Ok, that’s it for today. I hope you had fun reading this post. If you are into gardening, let me know what your favorite flower to plant in your garden. I am making my list of flowers to plant next year and I could use some help with that. I love cut flowers with vibrant colors and light colors. Next year I am planning to do more vibrant orange and yellow flowers. Definitely more Lily and Dahlia to start with. Any suggestions?
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