Blooming Blog

"When you take a flower in your hand and really look at it, it's your world for the moment."                                                                                                                                 - Georgia O'Keefe

A Splash of Color

Summer is here and new blooms are starting to pop at Old Mission Flowers. The lupines are in a perfect stage for cutting.  The blooms open from the bottom up, so if picked now, they will continue to open in a vase for several days.  

IMG_5750.jpeg

The alliums, iris, poppies and peonies are just beginning to open.

Peonies that are picked before fully open will last longer in a vase. You can quicken their opening by putting them in warm water. 

IMG_5772.jpeg

Come and see what has bloomed today! 

- Ginny

Opening Day- May 1

Old Mission Flowers is opening for the season on May 1, 2017 for picking May Day Bouquets.  All May Day proceeds will be donated to Old Mission Women’s Club to use for charitable purposes in our community.

Welcoming spring with tulips

Welcoming spring with tulips

The 'King Alfred' daffodils are blooming, others are heading out, and the tulips are just starting to pop, making them perfect for spring bouquets.  The backstory on the daffodils is that Ginny was overly exuberant every spring with her garden fork and was constantly stabbing the underground irrigation lines - to the point that her saintly husband told her he was never fixing them again.  Her solution was to plant daffodils as markers, mulch them and never damage the irrigation system again. 

Spring daffodils hard at work. 

Spring daffodils hard at work. 

Irrigation markers

Irrigation markers

You can review this post from last year for daffodil arrangement ideas. 

We are looking forward to this season and cannot wait to see what the garden has in store throughout the next several months. 

- Ginny

Lilies

Old Mission Flowers is bustling with blooms and we are particularly enjoying the lilies.

As you'll see in the pictures below we have many colors available. Lilies seem to pass along their pollen on to unwanted surfaces such as clothing, so to help with this you can cut their stamens off to remove their pockets of pollen. Cutting the stamens won't damage the flower. 

Lilies.jpg

Come visit the garden and see what colors we have blooming today! 

- Ginny

What's Blooming?

The garden is bustling with blooms these days. Here are some pictures of what you might find at your next visit. The poppies (first picture below) are FREE, fun to pick, and are beautiful as part of a bouquet, but they only last day.

California Poppies 

California Poppies 

Astilbe

Astilbe

Trollius

Trollius

Penstemon

Penstemon

Bachelor's Buttons

Bachelor's Buttons

Golden Foxglove

Golden Foxglove

Delphiniums - some of them are 6 feet tall!

Delphiniums - some of them are 6 feet tall!

Yellow Indigo

Yellow Indigo

Roses

Roses

Snap dragons

Snap dragons

Canterbury Bells

Canterbury Bells

It is such a joy for me to be out in the garden these days. 

-Ginny. 

The basics for making your own bouquet

Arranging flowers can be intimidating so I am blogging about a simple method that I often use for an upright mixed bouquet. Proportionally my goal is to have the plant material above the vase approximately 1 and 1 / 2 times the height of the vase. For the example (photo above), I chose a vase that flares out a bit at the top because I wanted a rounded look to the arrangement. It also needed to be relatively short because the lupines that I was using were not very tall. I chose lupines to be the focal point of the arrangement and cut the other flowers and foliage to add contrasting colors and textures. I made a teepee of 3 stems (cut to the same length) in the vase, then another three stems etc. to build a support to hold up the larger flowers. In the example, I used 3 yarrows, the foliage of 3 red husker penstemons, and 3 meadow sages before poking the lupines into the base of stems that was formed. There was one tall lupine in the center and 3 evenly cut and spaced around the sides. I added some long stems of catmint and grasses to add some movement and height. Artemisia and vinca were tucked in around the bottom to add texture and soften the edge of the vase.

Bouquets can be simple or complex. I believe they are an artform. There really is no wrong way to make them, but with practice you learn what you like and what works well in the vases you have. Here are a few more pictures of different bouquets I have made from my flowers in the past few weeks. 

I hope your visits to the garden inspire your own creativity. 

- Ginny