this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet comes from the last flowers of my garden.  The echinacea are having their second bloom of the season and their last hurray. They started blooming in July and I think the heat and dry summer was just too much for them, as the flowers were pale and scraggly..  This second flush of flowers is much more vibrant and beautiful.  The deep jewel … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is a result of a need to do some serious cutting back.  I needed to tie up the wayward new raspberry branches and to do that, I had to first remove the netting. But, I couldn’t even get near one side of the raspberry bed because of the verbena bonariensis.  They had reseeded from last summer and become a gigantic patch of … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet starts with some golden rod that I nabbed from my elderly neighbor’s yard.  Usually it is only found along the road side or in a country field.  No one purposely allows this weed to grow in their yard.  This year, while she was away, her son’s chopped down every weed and flower growing in her yard, but fortunately they missed her golden … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

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 … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet was fashioned around some shrub roses that are blooming in my yard.  Though roses never seem to do well for me, these sweet roses never fail to produce sweet clusters of blooms off and on all summer.  I no longer know their name, as they were a long-ago, end of the season purchase from the grocery store at only $3 a bush. … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is, of course, peonies.  What else is more magnificent at this time of year than peonies? I have a love/dislike relationship with peonies.  What I mean is, what’s not to love?  They are the essence of beauty. But, on the other hand, I have little patience with flowers that cannot hold themselves upright, even with support. And, I think the other biggest … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

There is so much more blooming in the garden this week as spring is flowing into summer.  The cool days are most likely behind us now, with summer heat and humidity in full swing.  This week’s bouquet is a collection of all my favorite garden colors. My favorite color in garden flowers is pink.  There can never be too much pink in a garden for … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is made from two shrubs since not much is blooming in the garden at the moment. I started this weekly feature a year ago to challenge myself to not only be more observant of what was blooming around me, but to be more creative in the process.  It’s been a learning process of thinking creatively with no rules whatsoever. The flowering shrub … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

The lilacs are glorious this year.  My row of lilacs were about 4-foot tall plants when I put them in three years ago, and since that time, some of them have reached 8-9 feet tall with the largest blooms I’ve ever seen. I planted 11 lilac bushes and there were 2 older bushes in this row along the side of my back yard.  This was supposed … Continue reading this week’s bouquet

this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is quite simple.  All but the pure white daffodils remain, and they are fragile from a full day of beating rain. The tulips have all but a few, been eaten by the deer.  So that left only the Virginia Bluebells for picking.  I’ve never used them in a bouquet before, but since they flourished so abundantly this year, I could bare to … Continue reading this week’s bouquet