Years before we lived on acreage and years before we were even edible landscaping, I wanted a cut garden. In a magazine, I saw a cut garden comprised of all bulbs at varying levels and different blooming times.
I was in love. Hubby said to pick a spot and he would build a raised bed for me and we would accumulate the bulbs over time… because: newlywed’s budget. ’nuff said.
But 15 years would go by till we had the space and time to dedicate to it.
Then last year something beautiful happened.
We had the chickens clear and fertilize a patch of grass off the deck and then the fun part came: planting it out. There were a few purchases like an old variety of rose, gladiolus, a yellow peony and a woodland peony.
Then three lacy Annabel hydrangeas that hubby started from cuttings lined the center isle. Irises that we divided from a large clump on the side of the house rounded out the perennials and bulbs/tubers.
The rest was planted out in all sorts of starts the we grew from seed.
- Bunny Tail Grass
- Bells of Ireland
- Coneflowers such as Rudbeckia and Echinacea
- Globe Amaranth
- An upright plume Amaranth
- African Daisies
- Lamb’s Ear
The symphony of color was a joy to the eyes. Bright pinks and deep reds of zinnias tumbled in the the yellow and pale orange of the African daisies. Strong coneflowers pushed through the velvety bunny tails. A pale pink rose nestled into the azalea, each providing a long lasting, sweet fragrance.
The cut garden, though humble in size, provided bouquet after bouquet of flowers all summer long. But as with any new project, there were some things that worked and others that despite our best efforts simply didn’t.
Let me share with you the stars of the show that were grown from seed this year that will certainly be returning in full force and be spread to other parts of the garden this upcoming year.
Oh the velvety goodness of the bunny tail grass. These soft little puffs delight kids and adults alike. Even the foliage is soft to the touch. They lend height and an air of playfulness to any boquet. Not to mention that they grow abundantly and dry exceptionally well, so they can grace your table all year long.
What can I say about these beauties that the picture does not already? They range from perfect puffballs to a flat circle of petals with a tall center. They last what seems to be forever in a vase, and I understand they come in every color except blue. What’s not to love!?!
This one was a total gamble as I could not picture what is would be like from the drawing on the front of the seed packet. But once it bloomed I realized that it was indeed an old friend. This was a very popular dried flower in the country I grew up in. My mom even reminisced that as a single girl she had a clay pot filled with these dried beauties. What makes these flowers unique is that they seem to dry while on the stem, even before cutting. They retain their color as well. Perfect for the longer months of winter when we need a burst of floral color in the home.
Bells of Ireland
Oh, when Irish eyes are smiling.… sing it with me! This unique plant gave me a run for my money. It took forever to germinate, forever to get any height and then it surprised me with thorns! But the beauty of an itty-bitty flower tucked inside the upright tower of bells was too striking not to try again this upcoming year.
Care to know what won’t be returning this upcoming year? (Unless it has reseeded itself, that it.) Click here.
Also you can read about 3 new additions to the cut garden HERE.
What are you making sure makes it back into your garden this upcoming year?
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