Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day
I wanted to do my Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day post a little differently this month, so instead of standing under the hot July sun to take photos of each individual flower that's currently in bloom, I decided to cut myself a bouquet to bring indoors. Having a cutting garden is, after all, one of the things I enjoy most about this hobby. I love being able to brighten my indoor surroundings with a beautiful array of flowers, and it's so satisfying when they're ones I grew myself. This is when all the hard work in the spring really pays off. I can now sit back with a cold drink in my hand and say, "Ahh, look what I grew!"
In my mid-summer bouquet, I have zinnias, black-eyed susans, bachelor's buttons, coreopsis, two kinds of calendula, bells of Ireland, yarrow and dahlias. Of course, it wouldn't be me if I didn't include vegetable flowers in my Bloom Day post. The white flowers in my bouquet are from a vegetable plant. Can you guess which one?
A few of my herbs are blooming too. In the little blue vase are the flowers of oregano, oregano thyme, and coriander. In the vegetable patch, flowers abound on my yellow and butternut squash plants, the zucchini, bush beans, tomatoes and bell peppers.
I should note that my inspiration for the styling of the first photo in this post came from Canadian painter Shannon Reynolds (via Garden Rant). I remembered her beautiful painting called Tree Peonies with Pruners. If art imitates life, then my photo is an example of that same principle in reverse: life imitating art.
Curious about what's blooming in other peoples' gardens today? Visit May Dreams Gardens to find out who else is posting for Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day.
GBBD: June, May, April, March