Well try these links for vases, bouquets, hand-ties, wreaths... and this page for tips on floral presentation.
Yet my father delighted in giving his specially grown garden flowers to friends and family. And the flower growing advice below will encourage you to pick your own garden flowers. But when you have your flowers in hand see this link for preparing and presenting flowers.
The Cut Flowers SeasonFlower gardeners can extend the range of flowers and length of the growing season by using a greenhouse, conservatory or polytunnel, and by providing heat.
However, there remains a wonderful choice of pretty flowers that you can grow in most gardens over many months of the year. And the joy of giving what you can grow is indeed satisfying.
Choose Or Buy Flowers for CuttingLook for flowers on sturdy long stems. I find that flowers born on long stems last longer than short-stemmed low growing flowers - these are best left in your garden. When you buy flowers they arrive at their best but often with buds still to open.
Spikes: these produce flowers all the way up the stem like Lupins, Foxgloves, Lavender and Gladiola. The flowers on some spikes open sequentially from bottom to top.
Flower Stars: the star burst inflorescences of the daisy family deserve special attention as they are so attractive. Some of these flowers will be picked in bud and they will open later.
Flat or Umbrella Shaped Inflorescence: flower stalks divide into many branches that each carry a flower. Examples include the flat-topped inflorescence of Yarrow, or the umbels of Archangel.
Open Branching Inflorescence: branching flower stalks each carrying a single flower as in that pretty white mist of Gypsophila flowers.
Single Flowers: these include the majestic Rose and Dahlia that are cut from branching stems and...
Cut Flowers For A Purpose
When Cutting Your Own Flowers
You Can't Buy Flowers For Drying But You Can Grow Your OwnGardeners who enjoy room decor that celebrates a natural earthy lifestyle will love dried flowers. Here's what you can grow to cut and dry yourself.
Dried Seed Heads:-
Honesty (Lunaria), Poppy capsules, Dipsacus, Burdock,
Dried Flower Heads:- Knapweed, Thistle,
Dried Grass Flowers:- From tall woolly looking Pampas grass to the popular Hordeum jubatum (foxtail barley),
Dried Cones, Berries and Leaves:- Copper Beech leaves along with evergreen leaves, cones and sprays of rowan berries.
Find more information on the-organic-gardener.com:
My Neighbour's Flower Gardens
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