Cottage Gardening forum: Yard to Vase

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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 26, 2014 1:42 PM CST
As we near the end of the first week of spring, I wanted to start a new thread highlighting cut flowers in the cottage garden. In addition to incorporating veggies and fruits in my garden, I like to grow cut flowers to bring in the home. I am hoping that all of you will add photos of cut flowers that you grow in your garden as they start to bloom, and also what you do with them in the home or office. These will not be formal arrangements, but using whatever flowers and greens that is available from your yard.

I will start this off with one of my favorite spring flowers, Freesias.

Freesias in the yard
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And in a vase
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 26, 2014 7:48 PM CST
Euphorbias are getting to the tail end of their blooming period.


Euphorbia Characias SSP Wulfenii in the yard
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And in a vase:

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Normally, I use mostly just one flower type if it is showy. And I love pairing them with rusty/vintage/unusual vases that I find in garage sales, thrift stores, and friends' junk piles Big Grin


Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA (Zone 8a)
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abhege
Mar 28, 2014 8:48 AM CST
I will be watching and contributing to this thread as soon as I start to have some flowers. Daffs are almost finished and a lot of my regular early spring plants did not make it through this winter.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Bulbs Cut Flowers Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Vegetable Grower
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soilsandup
Mar 29, 2014 1:29 PM CST
That would be wonderful, Arlene. Looking forward to your contributions.

Do you ever cut your daffodils to put in a vase? I have several clumps of various types of daffodils, but not so much that I want to cut. They supply the few early color spots in my front yard. I would love to plant drifts of them like some of the people with large yards, but my yard has limited space.
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Mar 29, 2014 6:54 PM CST
Yes, I did but they were already past prime or I would have taken a photo!
Name: Neal Linville
Winchester, KY (Zone 6a)
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gemini_sage
Mar 30, 2014 4:09 PM CST
Those Freesia are gorgeous! Giving me zone envy on those! And the wonderful fragrance- bet near that vase is a great place to sit :-). The Daffs have begun blooming here, and those I like best for cutting are budding up nicely, so looking forward to bringing blooms inside.
"...and don't think the garden loses its ecstasy in winter. It's quiet, but the roots are down there riotous." Rumi
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Mar 30, 2014 9:20 PM CST
Thanks, Neal. Freesias are one of the few fragrant flowers that I really like the smell. Looking forward to seeing your daffs.

White Calla lilies are the first to bloom. The colored ones are much later in the season.

In the yard
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and in a vase
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
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indygardengal
Apr 1, 2014 12:53 PM CST
I think I'm liking this thread. Can't wait it see all the posts during the growing season. Hurray!
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 2, 2014 2:32 PM CST
Looking forward to seeing what you have in your gardens too, Veronica.

Camellias and azaleas are ubiquitous here in Sacramento. We used to have a Camellia festival every year along with Camellia queen and princesses, but has now just dwindled down to an annual camellia show.

In the yard and a simple vase
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
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soilsandup
Apr 3, 2014 12:07 AM CST
There used to be quite a few trees in the yard when we first moved in the house 26 years ago. Through the years, they had either fallen, or have been cut down. Replacement trees were all fruit trees with one exception - a pink dogwood. Most of what I plant in the yard is either fragrant, suitable for cut flower, or edible. The pink dogwood is at it's blooming peak this week

Cornus florida "Rubra" in the yard - it is getting taller than I like so I will be topping it this year

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Many of my arrangements were made to bring to work - there was a perfect spot for arrangements in the landing of the 2nd floor
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And a smaller arrangement for the house
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Apr 3, 2014 6:44 PM CST
Beautiful.. We are a few weeks behind with anything flowering. Keep those vases filled and pictures coming!!
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Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Bulbs Cut Flowers Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Vegetable Grower
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soilsandup
Apr 10, 2014 5:02 PM CST
Thanks, Veronica.

I have one bearded iris that starts blooming in October, and stops in March. Most of the other bearded irises are spring bloomers.

Traditionally, the earliest iris to bloom are the Dutch irises. They do come back regularly in my zone, and can take some thinning every 4 years or so.

In the yard,
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and in a vase. I enjoy matching up flowers with fun vases.
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And just to show that I do sometimes mix up flower types in my arrangements Big Grin
Dutch irises with white calla lily and white azalea.
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In retrospect, I should have added more azaleas to the bottom. But, one of the reasons I started this thread is to get ideas from all of you out there. Thumbs up
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Apr 12, 2014 5:18 AM CST
Beautiful..
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Name: Jo Ann Gentle
Pittsford NY (Zone 6a)
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ge1836
Apr 21, 2014 2:17 AM CST
Those dogwood blossoms are pretty.
Name: Veronica
zone 5b
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indygardengal
Apr 24, 2014 7:49 AM CST
From the yard
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To the vase
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My attitude determines my altitude
A truly wise person uses few words; a person of understanding is even- tempered. Proverbs 17:27
Name: Michele Roth
N.E. Indiana - Zone 5b
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chelle
Apr 24, 2014 6:50 PM CST

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Nice, Veronica!

None, not a one, of our flowering trees are blooming yet. It seems to me that they're way behind this year. I expected it after last winter, but it still seems odd.
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Name: Veronica
zone 5b
Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Art Cut Flowers Butterflies Bulbs
Region: Indiana Irises Hummingbirder Clematis Enjoys or suffers cold winters Dog Lover
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indygardengal
Apr 24, 2014 7:13 PM CST
Figured I better get a picture today as the weather folks are predicting rain..
My attitude determines my altitude
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Name: Cinda
Indiana Zone 5b
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gardengus
May 16, 2014 5:41 AM CST
It is raining here Angry can't get in the garden
I am looking for updates this is an interesting thread
What is on your table now?
Keep believing ,hoping,and loving
all else is just existing.
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Bulbs Cut Flowers Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Vegetable Grower
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soilsandup
May 16, 2014 11:56 AM CST
Cinda - I have been gone for the past three weeks, and trying to get over jetlag for the past week. Will be posting retroactively soon Big Grin
Name: Dianne
Sacramento, CA, zone 9a
Bulbs Cut Flowers Peonies Plant and/or Seed Trader Region: California Vegetable Grower
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soilsandup
May 16, 2014 5:46 PM CST
These white flag irises was just starting to bloom when I left town April 17th. This photo is from last year.
In the Yard
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And in the vase.....
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