One of the things I love most about summer is being able to bring fresh flowers indoors from my garden. It took years of trial and error but I now have many plants that provide abundant blooms. I wouldn’t call it a real cutting garden, but it’s getting close. Decorating with flowers is easy and over the past few years I’ve shared some ways to add garden blooms to your decor. I’ve gathered up what I have so far and hope you are inspired to cut something from your yard and bring it inside. First up are peonies.
I’ve talked before about the fact that peonies come and go so quickly that some people might not think they are worth the effort. They have their challenges. They attract ants. They tend to get top heavy and fall over. If they are in bloom and it happens to rain, they can be crushed.
I choose to overlook all of these things because there is just something magical about a peony bloom. They are big and the colors are incredible. I planted mine away from the house so the ants can do what they please. When they begin to bloom, I cut them daily so they don’t weigh down the bushes. I put them in jars and pitchers all over my house and for a few weeks in early summer, I am in peony heaven. So…if you don’t have any peonies I hope you plant at least one bush. Put it where it will get mostly sun and away from your house. You probably won’t have blooms next year because they take a while to adjust to their surroundings. But after that you will be blessed with abundant blooms. (Note: the warmer, southern zones can’t grow peonies…it just gets too hot.)
Here are some other flowers with great blooms and ways to use them in your summer decor. Just click the yellow links (red on mobile) to read more.
I hope I’ve inspired you to venture outdoors and cut something green…and if it has a bloom attached that’s even better. If there is absolutely nothing for you to cut, I hope I’ve inspired you to plant something. Maybe not right now, but think about planting something in the early fall. At least think about it!
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