What could be better than creating a stunning bouquet that you have grown yourself? Some of the most memorable bunches of flowers I have received are hand-picked by my children (true, at times they are mostly dandelions, but still!). My favourite hand-made bouquet has been a simple vase filled with Garlic Chives – they have white blooms that last for weeks.
Use bold blossoms like Peonies and Iris or tall spiky flowers like Delphiniums, Veronica and Lavender. Delicate flowers like Scabiosa or Lady’s Mantle can be used to fill in or frame your centrepieces. Create designer masterpieces with “in season” flowers inspired by an afternoon in your garden.
Try different textures like Rosemary, Lady’s Mantle, and Celosia. Remember that some of the standard plants in your garden can help fill in your creations as well, like adding a few Hosta leaves for a bold foliage feel. Herbs are also a fun addition – beyond adding just flowers and greenery you will also be adding delicious aromas.
But the absolute best part of having a cut flower garden is that you can share it with everyone! A beautiful vase filled with a home-grown, handmade bouquet would make a spectacular hostess gift.
- The best time to cut your flowers is either before the morning dew has dried or in the early evening.
- Cut above a node or leaf to let even more blooms grow for future bouquets.
- Place stems in lukewarm water as soon as you cut them.
- Prior to placing your cut flowers in their arrangements, cut their stems on a slight angle and place in a vase of warm water.
- Change the vase’s water every few days.
- Take time to enjoy them!