Don’t you love having fresh flowers in the house? I do.
And, since the beetles are trying to destroy all my lovely flowers, I’ve taken to cutting most of the flowers after the bloom to enjoy inside the house – sans beetles.
Flowers we have in the yard:
Roses. While not the long-stemmed variety, they look quite cute in small bud vases.
Peonies. I covet some of my own, but this year I was able to snag some fresh blooms from the neighbors (they kind of told me I could). Several friends and neighbors have offered peonies to me for next year, so I don’t have to resort to petty theft (although, if the blooms were on the ground, I consider it HELPING, not STEALING).
Lilies grew like mad in our front yard. They are so pretty, they look fake. They also spread like crazy, so they get bigger every year.
I also planted some bulbs to bloom in the fall – Callas, Dahlias and Ranunulus. The Dahlias and Ranunulus have started to bloom already. I don’t know if they are meant for cutting, but I cut a few for the house and they look nice.
I have black-eyed susan in the rain garden, but they haven’t bloomed this year. I also have had zero hydrangeas bloom(tear). Let’s hope they are either late bloomers are are waiting to bloom big-time next year.
Yarrow (which can be found on many roadsides as weeds) make great fillers. I have bright yellow yarrow in the rain garden that I sometimes cut and fill in with other flowers.
In other bouquet news, I picked up these sunflowers from the Farmer’s Market on Saturday for $5. I just couldn’t help it. They are awesome, right?
I’m seriously considering planting these ginormous flowers next year, because they are so lovely. They just make me smile. I put them in a large, glass pitcher. Very summery. I did plant a few smaller sunflower varieties, so I’m looking forward to them blooming.
Other flowers I’d like to plant next year for a cutting garden:
What flowers do you like to bring inside for a burst of summer color?