Monday, July 22, 2019

In a Vase on Monday: Favorites from the Cottage Garden

So many favorites to choose from this week with summer at its peak! I picked this bouquet on Saturday to present to our new neighbors...


I'm excited to have a nice patch of Mignonette in the seed garden. It smells so nice...I wish now I had planted a lot more in the other gardens too.

 

Two of my favorite shades in Sweet Williams!


Calendulas are special to me because they were one of the flowers I grew in my first garden 10 years ago. Oddly enough I haven't grown them again until this year, but I think they will be a staple from now on! These are a nice mix of colors ranging from cream to bright yellow to orange.


Lovage made it into this bouquet as well...



And the Valerian which continues to delight with its fragrance. Another wonderful thing about this herb is how long it lasts, and it fades gracefully too.


I'm joining Cathy at Rambling in the Garden again today for IAVOM. Be sure to check out all the beautiful flower arrangements that will be shared from all around the world today! Have a wonderful week! 😊

21 comments:

  1. What a colourful, welcoming gift! Lucky neighbours! I liked the Mignonette - I've not seen or heard of it before.

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    1. Mignonette is an old-fashioned flower not often seen in gardens anymore. It looks almost like a weed but the smell sure makes up for it!

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  2. Wow Joanna, what a powerful collection of color. On this rainy Monday you make me feel the sunshine on my face!

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  3. Such a sunny, cheerful arrangement! Fun to see the mignonette! It always makes me think of when Dickon in "The Secret Garden" gave Mary the seeds to it and told her, "Mignonette's th' sweetest smellin' thing as grows." Ever since I've wanted to smell it but have never encountered it in person!

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    1. It is a very sweet, humble little flower. I should get some seeds from my patch this year and I'll make it a point to send you some so you get to smell it at last! :)

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    2. That would be so sweet of you! :)

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  4. Do you know if your mignonette is the reseda odarata or reseda alba? I think the alba is a perennial and only gets about 10-15" tall. I would like to try some here in Florida. I know it grows at Monticello in Virginia. Your flowers are so lovely.

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    1. Mine is Reseda odorata. It doesn't get very tall either, in fact I'm pretty sure the alba species gets a little bigger, but I've never seen it in person. It's interesting that so many plants which I consider annuals might be perennials where you live!

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  5. So pretty and colorful! Your neighbor must have been thrilled with your bouquet, what a nice welcome!

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  6. Your lucky neighbors. What a beautiful sight it must have been for them, so very welcoming. Happy IAVOM.

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  7. Based on your bouquet, summer is looking good in your part of the country! I love Calendula too. I'm currently growing 'Zeolights', a particularly photogenic variety. I just wish the flowers lasted a little longer but at least the plant produces a steady crop of them.

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    1. Once summer finally arrives here it really is summer at its best! :) My calendulas are just starting out now but they sure have plenty of buds!

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  8. A bright mixture, some I have and some are reminding me of things I used to have. I have Calendula 'Snow Princess' this year and it is a very pretty shade of pale yellow. I always have the orange ones, wouldn't be without them, but I love the pale one too.

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    1. Oh yes, I've admired 'Snow Princess', and there's another one called 'Pink Surprise' with peach-colored petals that's very pretty too. They're all so nice it's hard to choose but I like that these are a nice mix of everything. :)

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  9. Giving a bouquet of your choice blooms is a lovely way of introducing yourself to your new neighbours. I used to grow Valerian in my last garden, and you reminded me of its wonderful smell. You mentioned this a couple of weeks ago, and the herb plant lady at our Market had one on Saturday...now in my garden.

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    1. Oh I'm so glad you were able to acquire some Valerian for your garden...enjoy! :)

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  10. Some colorful and marvelous old-fashioned flowers. I should try growing Calendulas again. Do you start all these from seed?

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    1. Thank you! Yes, all of these were grown from seed.

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