“Don’t wait for someone to bring you flowers. Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul.”
– Luther Burbank
Maybe more than any other holiday, we think of fresh cut flowers around Valentine’s Day. Search for cut flowers/foliage on our website and you’ll come up with over 600 options. That’s way more choices than you’d find at your local florist, right? When you grow your own flowers, you can harvest bouquets from your garden in every season.
Let me show you a few of my favorites you can grow yourself to make fresh bouquets.
Plants with a Long Vase Life
Zinnias – Zinnias are the queen of the cut flower world. They’re incredibly cheerful, come in a rainbow of colors, and can last upto three weeks in a vase.
Dianthus – Just like mini carnations, these fragrant little blossoms are super long lasting once they are cut. Clip a few for a bud vase and enjoy for 2-3 weeks.
Lavender – There are so many uses for fresh and dried lavender, it’s really a must-have perennial in my book. Pick it fresh for a week’s bouquet or let it dry as an everlasting.
Coneflowers – The real question is, why wouldn’t you use Echinacea in your bouquets? They produce plenty of flowers all summer, have strong stems, and are fragrant too. Expect a 1-2 week vase life.
Peonies – The trick to long lasting peonies is to cut them when they’re at “marshmallow stage”. Give the buds a little squeeze and when they’re as soft as a marshmallow, it’s time to pick. They’ll last about a week.
Dahlias – It’s tough to sacrifice a dahlia flower for a bouquet, but when you do, it will last 1-2 weeks in a vase, depending on the flower type.
Daisies – I can’t help but quote Meg Ryan in the movie You’ve Got Mail when someone gives me daisies: “I love daisies. They’re so friendly. Don’t you think they are the friendliest flower?” Yes, Meg, I do. Gerbera daisies are friendly, too. And they both stay fresh up to two weeks in a vase.
Delphiniums – They look so delicate, but Delphiniums really are rather tough under that pretty blue exterior. Did you know they last up to two weeks in a bouquet?
Baby’s Breath – Last but not least…no bouquet is complete without this classic flower. It’s equally pretty fresh or dried. Let the water dry up in the vase and it will last for years as a dried flower.
Try Something Unexpected
Maybe you’ve been lucky enough to have received many, many bouquets over the years. Is it time to change things up and try something different?
It’s the unexpected inclusion of a clematis vine or quince branch that can really make our bouquets special. Think outside the chrysanthemum box and use a few tall red hot poker flowers to make a statement in a summertime arrangement.
Use hosta leaves to wrap the inside of your vase like florists do to hide the cut flower stems. Add a small amount of water to a columnar, clear vase and set three enormous Prince Tut™ flower plumes in it. It’s a guaranteed conversation starter.
Make It Last
Cut flowers aren’t meant to last forever but if you follow these simple tips, they’ll last a little longer.
I’ll leave you with one more of my favorite kinds of Valentines…Can you guess what it is? Here’s a peek.
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