Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day

Sunday, July 15, 2007

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.

Related Posts:
GBBD: June, May, April, March


Blogger Carol Michel said...

Beautiful bouquet! I love it, and what a great way to show off your blooms for July.

Thanks for participating in Garden Bloggers' Bloom Day!

Carol at May Dreams Gardens

7:47 AM  
Blogger Gina said...

Thats a really pretty arrangement! I love the Bells of Ireland!

9:11 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

I was going to say that the white flowers were Queen Anne's Lace, but since you said they were from the veggie garden, then I'd guess that they're carrot blooms, (a relative of QAL).

Lovely arrangement, and the addition of the pruners in the picture gives it a more "immediate" feel, and brings the point home that they were all home grown. Nice! :-)

11:31 AM  
Blogger Jean said...

Beautiful bouquet! Love all the bright colors!

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your gorgeous bouquet, and I especially enjoyed seeing the resemblance to Shannon's painting. Very clever as well as beautiful.

2:56 PM  
Blogger Aiyana said...

Beautiful bouquet of flowers. I'm now curious about the white veggie blossoms. Please let us know!

2:58 PM  
Blogger Celia Hart said...

They're beautiful Christa!
I love zinnias - the colours can be so subtle yet bright and they make lovely cut flowers.


3:47 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

You are correct, Mary. They are carrot flowers, a relative of Queen Anne's Lace.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Bev said...

What a great idea... and a lovely arrangement(s). Could the white flowers be cilantro, or parsley? You have us all anticipating the answer.

4:22 PM  
Blogger Connie said...

What a lovely fresh flower bouquet! I haven't been to your blog for awhile so had to catch up on your previous posts as well.... your veggies are also looking very nice...good work! The harvest is so rewarding, isn't it?

6:19 PM  
Blogger Muum said...

oh, carrots, I have them reseeding everywhere this year, from the compost! love the flower arrangement. We are having a neighbor who works at a florist show us some arranging tips this week . We- ladies' church group. Should be fun

7:40 PM  
Blogger Robin's Nesting Place said...

That is a beautiful arrangement! I love it. I recognized the similarity of the painting immediately. I began a bed for cut flowers this year but never got around to sowing because of the drought. Next year. You have inspired me.

9:31 PM  
Blogger Ottawa Gardener said...

Nice idea.

I am here through GTS and can't even begin to imagine keeping up with Garden Blogger's Bloom Day on top of that. Great flowers!

9:31 PM  
Blogger bs said...

that's great! i did think of the painting from shannon's website... it was effective to include the pruners. you have a wonderfully diverse palette to work with!

12:51 AM  
Blogger Michelle said...

What beautiful bouquets! Very well done! Happy Gardening!! :)

2:00 AM  
Blogger Sweet Home and Garden Carolina said...

As an artist, I'd have to say that you've painted a masterpiece from nature. Very nicely done, Christa.

7:19 AM  
Blogger Yolanda Elizabet Heuzen said...

Such lovely bouquets of whta is in bloom in your garden at the moment. A very colourful display Christa!

My blooms are up too!

9:36 AM  
Blogger Dirty Fingernails said...

Your arrangement is great!!! I use old glass milk bottles as a vase and old glass pitchers.. I do love those Zinnias.

2:31 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a lovely way to share your garden! As always, the pictures are works of art, as are the flowers themselves! Thanks for sharing!

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cutting flowers and creating fresh arrangements (not to mention having them in the house) is one of my favorite aspects of gardening. Your creations here are stunningly beautiful! Thanks for sharing them.

3:17 PM  
Blogger Wicked Gardener said...

I read recently that a landscape "artist" said you should never cut flowers from your garden. Your garden is a painting and cutting flowers destroys the look and "story" of the garden. I say most flowers look at least 50% better in air-conditioning. And there may be no greater joy than waking to a bouquet like that on your nightstand! Beautiful!

7:55 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

Thank you, all, for your very nice comments.

Wicked Gardener, I can't imagine *not* cutting flowers from my garden. That's why I plant them in the first place... to have some in the garden and some to brighten my indoor "landscape". It's the best of both worlds, isn't it?

9:15 PM  
Blogger Kylee Baumle said...

I'm so jealous of your Bells of Ireland! I've tried growing them for two years now, with no luck. Maybe third time is a charm?

12:41 AM  
Blogger Shannon Reynolds said...


I love the fresh colours in your bouquet, and I admit to being a little flattered. I enjoy your blog as usual. Sorry about the tomatoes--what a heartbreak.


2:12 PM  
Blogger Shannon Reynolds said...

Forgive my misspelling (of your name above). Please.

2:16 PM  
Blogger Silvia Hoefnagels . Salix Tree said...

What a bright and cheerful flower bouquet! And so fresh looking, makes me smile to see it.

7:51 AM  
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11:34 PM  
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11:36 PM  

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