Why I Love My Cutting Garden


journal entry:

Fresh flowers change everything. They soften things. They bring smells and colors into the house.

In the spring we moved my cutting garden to a new location where it has more sun. The growing trees had, little by little, made the perennial flowers in the cutting garden struggle to grow. Grandpa prepared a long strip of wonderful dirt along the west. Then, just as the flowers were beginning to show themselves, we moved them . . . clump by clump into the new bed.

When May came and I could trust the weather, I added brightly-colored annuals to the bed. I especially love State Fair Zinnias and Status. I planted Dahlias and Snapdragons (the tall kind) and more Bee Balm and Sweet Pea along the fence. ¬†The Baby’s Breath transplanted well.

This bunch of fresh flowers is one of several that I have brought into the house thus far this season. Almost everything you see was moved early in the spring and has done well. If the vase I am using is tin, as this is, I drop a large Ziploc bag inside and clip it to the top with a little clothespin. Then I fill the bag with water instead of the container. That way I don’t make the tin vase rusty. I also add a drop of scented oil to the water and swish the flower stems around.

Fresh flowers from my own garden are a wonderful gift from summertime.


” I remember when many homes had roses

growing near their front porches on arbors.

That seems to be a thing of the past.”



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