Backyard Bouquet #8: Garden Clean-up in a Vase

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain

This bouquet was made from a fallen glad and  penstemon seedpods that needed trimming.

This bouquet was made from a fallen glad and penstemon seedpods that needed trimming.

It’s true. You can neaten your garden and beautify your home at the same time.

The peachy gladiolus had fallen face down in the dirt. Once rinsed off, the flower spike was still pretty.

I surrounded it with stems of ‘Dark Towers’ penstemon. The seedheads from this plant are interesting maroon beads, but they are starting to flop every which way outside. Besides that, I had planted colchicums all around the basal rosettes of the penstemons, intending that the purple foliage would complement the emerging colchicum flowers. I didn’t want the lanky stems of the former ‘Dark Towers’ blooms detracting from the pretty pairing about to take place, so I was cutting all the stems down to ground level anyway.

I have to admit I was inspired by Erin’s bouquet of hydrangeas and Russian sage. She had cut back her floppy Russian sage and combined it with some Limelight hydrangeas. The result was just stunning. You should go over there and take a look.

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.

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About the Author

Kathy Purdy is a colchicum evangelist, converting unsuspecting gardeners into colchicophiles. She would be delighted to speak to your group about colchicums or other gardening topics. Kathy’s been writing since 4th grade, gardening since high school, and blogging since 2002.

If winter is slumber and spring is birth, and summer is life, then autumn rounds out to be reflection. It’s a time of year when the leaves are down and the harvest is in and the perennials are gone. Mother Earth just closed up the drapes on another year and it’s time to reflect on what’s come before.

~Mitchell Burgess in Northern Exposure

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Donna@Gardens Eye View September 14, 2013, 10:48 pm

Beautiful and so simple…

Diane C September 6, 2013, 8:59 pm

I like that idea! I hate to take out healthy blooms but wouldn’t mind putting those that are on the ground to good use.

Gail September 4, 2013, 5:41 pm

Kathy, that is a lovely bouquet! xogail

Cindy, MCOK September 4, 2013, 8:56 am


Layanee September 4, 2013, 8:34 am

When life gives you lemons….same goes for flowers but one needs to have the creative genius to see what can be. Love the peachy glads with the dark contrasting seed heads.

Frances September 4, 2013, 6:11 am

I admire how you made use of things that needed to be cut to fashion this beautiful and seasonal arrangement, Kathy. Kudos!

Patsy Bell Hobson September 4, 2013, 2:08 am

I really like this bouquet. It is a work of art.

Charlie@Seattle Trekker September 3, 2013, 10:08 pm

I love the stunning contrasts you have created…That is art.