Clockwise, starting at bottom: inula sp., spirea, daisy, seed bract, yarrow, catmint, daisy fleabane, hosta flower, butterfly weed, nodding onion, and tall border phlox in the middle.
ere’s my bouquet of the week, picked on Saturday. For my “something wild” I have daisy fleabane and the inula
, which just showed up in the chicken yard, though some people grow it as a garden plant. The “something weird” also counts as “something wild”: the chartreuse seed bracts from a tree growing wild in the Secret Garden
. I am sure it is some kind of scrub tree that shows up in the transition from field to forest, but I haven’t figured it out yet. (Note: I removed all the leaves so the bracts would show up better.) Spireas and hydrangeas get my vote as two shrubs that can provide a lot of blooms for bouquets, and they are easy to grow.
I’m a member of the Garden Appreciation Society: The idea is to appreciate our own gardens more this year. To have a daily reminder of the bounty that our gardens provide. To catch a glint of beautiful color out of the corner of our eye while standing in the kitchen, or the bedroom or the living room. Every week, go out in the garden and cut a few flowers or interesting foliage and bring it in your house to display. Take a photo of it and link it at The Impatient Gardener.
In the end, this may be the most important thing about frost: Frost slows us down. In spring, it tempers our eagerness. In fall, it brings closure and rest. In our gotta-go world–where every nanosecond seems to count–slowness can be a great gift. So rather than see Jack Frost as an adversary, you could choose to greet him as a friend.
in A Gardener’s Guide to Frost: Outwit the Weather and Extend the Spring and Fall Seasons