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I’m Maria Nieuwenhof from Quebec, Canada (Zone 5). I was going through my pictures over the last few days and trying to figure out what annuals I will start from seeds this year for my bouquets. When I go to see friends, or when I visit my father in Montreal, or when I have an event to go to I bring one or more bouquets. I started in late April with my first bouquet that had daffodils and ended in early November with achillea.
This year was a busy year for events. We had two baby showers, I participated in my gardening club’s flower show; after that I had a garden visit, and plenty of lunches with friends. In addition, I bring a bouquet to my dad every week and of course always have one on my kitchen table. I use only plants that grow at home—perennials, annuals that I start from seed, and some wildflowers, branches, and leaves that grow on our large property. I am starting to be more creative with my bouquets and am always on the lookout for things I can use. I love walking around the garden with my basket in the morning and asking myself, “What is going in the bouquet today?” or “What color will it be?” These photos are only a few examples. I hope you enjoy them.
Late April in Quebec, beautiful daffodils (Narcissus hybrid, Zones 3–8) take center stage, set off by branches trimmed from shrubs in the garden.
It’s tulip time, accented by the variegated foliage of ground elder (Aegopodium podagraria,Zones 4–9) and hosta (Hosta hybrid, Zones 3–8).
Here’s a sunny early summer bouquet, with a range of yellow blooms. Yellow evening primrose (Oenothera sp.) shows off in the center, while spires of purple veronica (Veronica spicata, Zones 3–8) give contrast in both color and form.
This is a study in lavender, with beautiful
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For that ‘light bulb moment’ consider the two main species of Iris that will grow from bulbs. Bulbs are generally cheap and easy to grow. The bulbs are often packed in 10’s or 50’s so you can grow a group of Iris together or grow extra for cutting. The main sorts are Iris reticulata and Dutch Iris but there are also some other bulb species to look out for.
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If you’re a gardener—and since you picked up this magazine I’m guessing you are—you probably get peppered with plant questions all the time. I know I do. Take Thanksgiving just this past year. My dad was looking for some trees that would “subtly block” his neighbors who had recently put a pool in their backyard. So in between doling out mashed potatoes and deciding if I wanted apple or pumpkin pie for dessert, I pulled out Dirr’s Hardy Trees and Shrubs from the nearby bookshelf to spark some suggestions. (That illustrated encyclopedia was a Christmas gift a few years back to help my dad make plant choices without my help. Its successfulness in doing so is still up for debate.) This same scenario takes place at summer picnics, children’s birthday parties, or even on planes when my seatmate asks what I do for a living. After I answer, it’s common to hear, “Wow, that’s so interesting. Listen, I have this spot where I need something …” Most of these inquiries center around trees too—and I get it. A tree is an investment with a capital “I.” Not only is a tree the single most expensive plant you will likely purchase for your landscape, but it is also the longest lived. Trees don’t like to be moved, they generally require a bit more effort to get established than a perennial or shrub, and they are usually the focal point of a specific area. For all of these reasons, everyone wants to choose the right tree.
Little is more discouraging than discovering healthy and recently-planted spring borders and developing vegetable crops damaged or eaten by rabbits; it’s enough to bring the Elmer Fudd out in the mildest of gardeners. Annoyingly rabbits are most active feeders early in morning and at dusk, and so often hard to spot; they also seem attracted to newly-planted areas. But by employing a range of tactics it is possible to reduce problems.