I'm starting to hear from people who don't know what to do with the flowers growing in their gardens. I wish I had that problem.
Garden Flowers vs Store-Bought Flowers
Home-grown flowers are not generally as hardy as the ones you may get from a florist. Zillions of dollars are spent to research and devlop ways to make commercially-grown flowers last longer.
But if you have flowers growing right outside your door, how long must they last anyway? As your blooms begin to fade, remove the dying ones and cut more. Learn how to take care of your freshly cut flowers here.
4 Things To Do With Your Garden Flowers
1) Cut some of the flowers and bring them inside. Always cut your flowers either in the early morning or in the evening. Arrange them in simple vases or small bottles or glasses and place them in your favorite spots around the house.
2) Cut some of the flowers and leave them outside. Having dinner outside tonight with friends? Make a small arrangement in a heavy vase or one full of stones so it can't blow over. Keep the flowers low so folks can see each other across the table.
You could place a potted plant in the middle of the table inside a beautiful hand-thrown ceramic pot. But come on, we all know it's not as elegant as a simple arrangement of flowers in a vase.
3) Share your flowers with your non-garden owning friends. They'll be glad to have them. They make a great hostess gift as long as there's no chance of ants crawingl onto a beautiful table setting. If you're eating outside, feel free to ignore what I just said.
I have a friend who used to bring me lilacs. They didn't last very long. But the color was beautiful and the fragrance magnificent.
4) Just let the flowers grow where they are. There's nothing wrong with that. I love walking around my neighborhood and seeing the beautiful gardens. Especially the hydrangeas in their many shades of blue.
As I continue to dream about getting a larger space for our shop, I'll be praying for a little garden space too.
What 3 flowers would you grow in your dream garden?