Adventures in Flower Arranging

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain
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Anyone can plunk a handful of flowers into a vase and call it an arrangement, and in the past, this is what I have done. True, I had made some attempt to arrange the flowers attractively, but the results could at best be described as rustic or primitive. I wanted something a little more polished [...]

Debra Prinzing: Seasonal + Sustainable = Slow Flowers

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain, Interviews

When I reviewed Debra Prinzing's book Slow Flowers back in July, I wondered about Debra's use of the terms seasonal and sustainable. I wondered particularly about how seasonal and sustainable such flowers would be in climates much colder than Debra's moderate Pacific Northwest. Before I ever published that review, I gave Debra a chance to [...]

Backyard Bouquet #6

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain

Here'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 [...]

Backyard Bouquet #5

– Posted in: Flowers on the Brain

For this week's backyard bouquet I kept it simple. No more one-of-everything-in-the-garden. I just went with what I had a lot of. The white Incrediball hydrangea is really putting out blossoms, although they are not as big as they have been in the past. Since this shrub was dug up this spring, thrown in the [...]

Slow Flowers: Book Review

– Posted in: Book reviews

Debra Prinzing's latest book, Slow Flowers: Four Seasons of Locally Grown Bouquets from the Garden, Meadow and Farm, started as a challenge to herself to use only seasonal, locally grown floral elements in her weekly bouquets. (From my perspective that's two challenges in one, because with the many demands on my time, putting together a [...]

Garden Bloggers Bloom Day February 2013

– Posted in: What's up/blooming

My impulsively purchased orchid still looks fantastic, and while one forced hyacinth is past its prime, another is getting ready to take its place. This "Christmas" cactus was also an impulse purchase a couple of years ago. It blooms quite a while after my other two and thus extends the indoor winter bloom season.I also [...]

Ten Ways Cold Climate Gardeners Treat Cabin Fever

– Posted in: FAQ

A long winter is not for sissies. If you are a veteran of many northern winters, you probably already practice most of the tips I'm going to share below. But if you are new to the tribe of hardy plants and hardy souls, here are some ways to beat cabin fever. 1Light TherapyIn the land [...]