Natural Floral Bouquets
A quick eye-candy post to inspire you to get out in your garden this week and create your own lovely natural floral bouquet. If you’re a newer gardener or one who thinks cutting your flowers is a bit old school and shamefully self-gratifying….Let me release you into the garden! Please, go cut your flowers! Be assured that you won’t be ending the blooming cycle early or taking needed food from pollinators. Actually, if you get out and prune those flowers mid-summer, your herbs, perennials, annuals, flowering shrubs, and even hungry pollinators will thank you!
A few weeks ago I was reminded of this when I tuned into rosarian Karen Kemp-Dockstetter of Weeks Roses on Garden Chatter. “The more you snip, the more they bloom,” is a basic tenet of her rose-growing philosophy. Karen knows that roses (and many flowering plants) are regenerated by having their blooms cut. You don’t need to take ALL the blooms at one time, but snipping flowers before they expire will help a healthy plant bloom prolifically. In that way, there will be more for everyone to enjoy, pollinators included.
My Garden Bouquet
I went into my garden and snipped a few blooms last night. My timing was perfect because we received the heavy rain the weather folks predicted. Few things are worse for a garden then soggy petals left on the ground to encourage pesty insects and fungal growth. My fortunate timing resulted in avoiding a messy garden, sad plants, and lots of extra work.
Here’s a few of the blooms from my garden. They all came from my pollinator attracting garden. They’re all are considered herbs, but not necessarily culinary herbs. I selected a taller vase to support my heavy rose stems and used water fresh from my rain barrel. (I also often bottled spring water, my blooms stay fresher longer than when I use tap water.) I typically don’t add any pre-made flower preserving solution. This bouquet will last a minimum of 5 days and maybe a full week.
When you’re out in your garden it’s helpful to have a pail of water nearby. As you clip set your blooms directly in the water. A cut bloom that drinks right away also stays fresher for longer. One last tip I hope you already know… shake them a bit so you don’t bring in the bugs! (Eww!)
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