Sunday, January 29, 2012

A Baby Step

I have [at least] two gardening goals for 2012.  First, to grow a significant cutting garden.  There will be much more about that as the season progresses.  And, secondly, to learn to arrange flowers.  That will be be a big undertaking, but I am committed to doing more than just plopping blossoms into containers this year.

This weekend I bought mini-roses, rather than my usual alstoemeria.  A baby step.  I added dwarf English laurel (Prinus lauarocerasus 'Otto Luyken'), rosemary and dried sedum flower heads from the yard.
The container is a cache pot that came from Mother.  I've always liked it and the pale coral was good with the slightly coral flowers.  I'm please with the result, but not yet ready to tackle a mixed bouquet. 

One small step ....


  1. I think your bouquet is lovely. I would love to have a cutting garden, but little space and mostly shade. I look forward to your progress. Bonnie

  2. You are ambitious--those are fabulous goals. I would love to do both of those things!

  3. It's beautiful! I like your choice of added greenery.

    Wish I had your arrangement on my dining room table.

  4. Bonnie and Jen, hope you will visit the cutting garden often this summer. I have high hopes for it.

    Anneke, you know that I would send it to you in an instant, BUT the darn roses are already dead! I am so angry. Bought them on Saturday and they didn't make it three days. I promise that I treated them right. Not a happy camper here.

  5. Webb, what a shame they didn't live, that's a very pretty arrangement.

    Tip for buying roses: press around the base of the flower, it should be firm and give some, if it is soft the flower is already spent.

    Not to say to buy " bullets" the rose can already be open but the head must be firm.

    Try this next time.

    pipe bomb, you are so right! hahaha