We have had a wet spring and summer to say the least. Besides making our working schedule crazy (and muddy) it has created for a plethora of blooms in the garden. Today before the storm, I walked through the garden with my wife and my Felcos and trimmed a few blooms into an arrangement. There is no science to the collection other than I try to stay in a color family and since the Thomas Edison dahlias were in bloom, I used they as the starting point.
Below I have included a breakdown of all the perennial and annual cuttings I included in the arrangement for reference.
Last week I shared the first arrangement of blooms found in the garden and nursery. This week’s arrangement is more dense and rich blooms compared to the previous’ wispy and organic feeling. Even though these flowers were all blooming last week, I must be in a darker mood this week to select over last week.
Left to right: Row 1: Dahlia ‘Queen of the Night’, Monarda didyma ‘Jacob Cline’, Row 2: Cotinus coggygia ‘Royal Purple’, Eryngium planum ‘Blue Hobbit’, Sanguisorba officinalis ‘Morning Select’
During the spring we appreciate every flower bloom as the hellebores lead to tulips and daffodils, and by the time the forsythia is done blooming we have so many blooms we can forget to appreciate the weekly progression. I am trying to sit back and really appreciate what each week brings in the garden and make arrangements of the blooms to share each week. I shared these arrangements a few times last year, but plan on keeping the series going for as long as I have blooms to share.
This week the arrangement features a collection of plants that I appreciate for their striking round heads and lack of floral petals. The distinctive shape of these plants make them great for floral arrangements when arranged with softer petals, but also work great together.
Here are some detailed photos of the arrangement:
All these flowers were gathered from our display gardens and in the greenhouse. I selected to grow some for perennial gardens and others for selling in floral markets so it is a random mix of flowers. Here is a breakdown of the individual flowers that complied the arrangement: Listed left to right- Row 1: Rudbeckia occidentalis ‘Green Wizard’, Echinops bannaticus ‘Blue Glow’, Echinops bannaticus ‘Star Frost’. Row 2: Liatris spicata ‘Kobold’, Erygium alphium, Erygium yuccifolium. Row 3: Allium sphaerocephalon, Combination arrangement.
Keep checking back each Monday to see how the blooms and arrangements change through the seasons.