My son is getting married! And, my wonderful daughter-in-law-to-be has invited me to contribute flowers to the celebration. Woo hoo!
I’m so excited. This means a cutting garden. I’ve always planted for the beauty of sitting outside watching butterflies and bees while enjoying the beauty and scent of the blossoms. Yes, a few made their way indoors, but it was never intentional. I’ve never had a cutting garden.
The planning started shortly after the New Year began. I decided to concentrate on a white color scheme. My gardens already have lots of pinks, purples and reds, so the purposeful addition of whites will help pull together floral arrangements.
Out come the seed catalogs! I ordered white versions of sunflowers, coneflowers, giant marigolds, hollyhocks, cosmos, zinnias, scabiosa and bunnygrass. I also ordered adorable white pansies even though they aren’t particularly good for floral arrangements. The hollyhocks are intriguing because they came in several heights, double-blossoms or not, and varying shades of white.
Then because winter wasn’t over and I was still totally jazzed about being able to contribute to the wedding fun, I decided to investigate dahlias. I’ll save the details for another blog, but let it suffice to say I have white dahlias in the mix.
An early trip to Menards Hardware added white gladiolus to my plan. Yes, I know they won’t bloom until late summer or early fall well past the wedding reception, but I just couldn’t resist. I have them already planted in the back corner garden so I can see them while Dave grills dinner.
The bride-to-be is hoping for something big, fluffy and showy like peonies or hydrangeas. I have both and in white, but one may be done blooming too early and other may not get its act in gear until too late. So for lack of a better plan I fertilized both shrubs and had a good long talk with them about timing.
I’ve read all the planting directions, details on height and bloom time. I marked packages with where each should be planted. Now I just need the fear of frost to abate so I can plant.
It’s going to be a great summer!