Tuesday, May 12
Thanks for asking me to host 5 Favorites this week, Jenna! I am really looking forward to reading what everyone has to share. Let’s do this.
This week I’d like to share with you my five favorite perennials that I have growing in my cutting garden. Having these beauties in my yard, ready to be clipped and brought into my home for my family to enjoy makes it worth all the seasonal allergies in the world.
1. Daisies: The variety I have planted in my garden is just crazy. It creeps and spreads all on its own. I never know where I’m going to find it sprouting up in spring. And the stems just reach up to the sun and pop! Right on the end are the cutest little white flowers with yellow centers you ever did see. I cannot for the life of me find the name of the variety of daisy that I have in my garden. I’m so sorry! I bet if you showed a knowledgeable garden center type a picture, they’d point you in the right direction. I just love cutting a big old fist full of these daisies to plunk right into a pitcher, vase, or jar as they are. You crazy daisies!
2. Cone flowers: (aka Echinacea) These flowers are easy to grow and easy to care for. They bloom in the summer, and attract bees and butterflies. They have nice long stems, perfect for cutting and arranging. I used to just have purple cone flowers, but last summer, at the end of the season when all the summer perennials go on sale, I bought a couple of red cone flowers and a gold to plant in my front yard. The plants have grown nicely so far this spring. I can hardly wait to see their bright pretty blooms come summer!
3. Hydrangeas: I mean really, is there anything prettier than a big, fat hydrangea bloom in the middle of a flower arrangement? I think not. I planted three hydrangeas a few years ago, and I have been so pleased with how easy they are to care for. The only thing I have found that they need is to be watered more than I expected. Their leaves will wilt quite a bit to let you know that they’re thirsty, so keep an eye on your hydrangea plants, especially when you first plant them. And make sure you read up on how to care for them at the end of the season and in the fall. There are rules about how to cut them back, etc.
4. Knockout Roses: Easy to grow, very thorny so not so easy to cut. But man are they gorgeous! And they just keeping coming. I’m amazed each year by how big they grow and how many blooms they produce. I have been known to drop a vase or two of these beauties on my friends’ doorsteps. These knockout roses bring so much joy!
5. Peonies: There is only one bad thing I can say about peonies and that is that they never last long enough! I feel like once they bloom, we have such a short time to enjoy them. Fragrant, full, beautiful blooms that you simply must cut and bring inside for all to enjoy once they’ve opened up. Is there any flower as romantic as the peony?