This year I wanted to really focus on growing my own cut flowers in the garden. I always took this for granted in England but Florida can be a little tricky because of our almost nonexistent winter and long, hot and humid summer. I have had to experiment about what to plant and when for the best results and I think this experiment may be ongoing as I continue to learn about what works and which boundaries I can push! One thing I have definitely learned is that many flowering plants are not responding to warm temperatures when they flower but from the lengthening daylight. The Ammi Majus I planted last fall to be used as a filler flower for arrangements has finally decided to flower despite growing healthily and to epic proportions all winter!
I love its frothy flower heads and it looks lovely on its own or mixed in with other pickings from the garden. It reminds me so much of England too!
The lone daffodil is the last one of the forced bulbs I tried this winter.
Cosmos Bright Lights self seeded itself amongst the Larkspur I sowed in January and as it grows should look really pretty mixed in there.
In early February I planted another raised bed with different varieties of Cosmos and Zinnias. I am amazed at how they have taken off. These Cosmos look almost ready to flower too.
The Zinnias have responded to the warmth, sunshine and liberal compost tea and are about 10 inches tall. After a lot of research I am trying the Benary’s Giant Series and they are looking strong and healthy. The garden twine is my eco friendly attempt at keeping them straight and upright!
Around the garden, the Azaleas are almost finished.
This little garden is filled with different colors from the Azaleas in the spring but only the white G.G Gerbing are flowering abundantly now.
Looks like a little nest is being built in here but I haven’t seen its owner yet!
The roses should really come into their own in the next month. Somehow Le Vesuve always seems to get a mention here but it is still churning out a seemingly never ending supply of blooms. The advice on this rose, I have read, is not to prune but to let it do its thing for the first few years….which is probably a good thing as I don’t want to fight with those prickles. I have to forgive its thorny threats though because it is very beautiful despite only being fairly young.
Bermuda’s Anna Olivier flowering with the Lake View Jasmine
Another fairly new rose is the little Carnation rose which although quite small, has some very pretty and quite unusual blooms.
Just beginning to flower now are the Nun’s Orchids which are another terrestrial orchid I grow. They do really well here as long as there is not a severe freeze and make large clumps in part shade.
I’ve often wondered what they would be like as a cut flower and as I have plenty now I decided to cut some for an arrangement. I’m trying to get better at doing flower arrangements. I realize just how much practice it takes and just how talented people are at it! At least in Florida there is always plenty of foliage to fill out a vase and these orchids lasted surprisingly well.
Enjoy your weekend and as always I am so grateful for your visit!