Thought I had better get back to making bouquets before the summer is over. The August garden is waning, especially from the heat and lack of rain, but there are a few beauties still going strong.
I started this bouquet with just zinnias since they needed picking. Grown from a pack of seeds, a good majority of the zinnias ended up being magenta, and they needed cutting to keep them coming.
Even among the magenta zinnias, there seem to be several varieties, and this one is my favorite. It’s petals curl in rather than fanning out like the ones above.
Then I added some ageratum, which is just starting to bloom.
Ageratum comes back every year and can tend to be a thug if not kept under control. I edit it out of the garden when it becomes too invasive, but I have a soft spot for this flower, since it is such a life saver to the late August garden, and keeps the color coming.
And lastly, I added a few clusters of this unknown pink rose that was purchased end of season from the grocery store for $3 a bush so many years ago. They are such small sweet pink roses that faithfully bloom every May to June, and then repeat in August.
In the garden, and in a bouquet, these pink roses play well with the purple ageratum.
A spot of color on the screened porch is all it takes to cheer the room, make me smile, and invite one to sit awhile on these last summer days.
If you’re looking for a feast for the eyes, every week, Cathy from Rambling in the Garden hosts a lovely gathering of beautiful flower arrangements from around the world at “In A Vase On Monday”.