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Summer is for Cut Flowers

Updated: Oct 9, 2023

One of my favorite perennials is peonies. Every year in late spring or early summer they bloom these massive blooms with either a layer of petals or multiple. My favorites are the ones with multiple petals.

Over the years of living at our house, we have planted more peonies than the ones that were already here. I would admire them each year and think "I need to cut these so I can enjoy them inside." Year after year, I didn't cut them. They would die and I would miss my chance at admiring their beauty indoors.

This year, however, I have done my fair share of cutting and I will remember for years to come why cutting the flowers off outside to bring them inside is worth it. The peonies that bloomed first were the ones that were already here with a single layer of petals. My big multiple petals are starting to bloom and I can't wait to get more pictures.

When I am creating, I am happy. When I go out to cut flowers to make a bouquet, I use my hands and creativity to produce something beautiful and pleasing to the eye. This act of creating we were made to do, so no wonder it provides us with dopamine - the happy hormone. I not only feel that dopamine hit when I am creating but when I look over at the bouquets filling my home, I remember that visceral feeling and can then remember that feeling of happiness I got when I created that bouquet.

If you choose to grow peonies, remember to cut them and put them inside so that you can enjoy them for the short season they are here.

Another of my favorite perennials is the Lupine. If you cut them regularly they will produce blooms all summer. They are beautiful and add so much color to a flower bed. They also have great bushy undergrowth which provides a different texture in your garden.

Lupines are also great because their seeds can be shared. If you don't cut your flowers when they are in full bloom, they will die and a seed pod will start to grow. If you want more blooms, cut back your blooms or seed pods. But if you want to plant more Lupines for free, you can collect the seed pods and once they are dried you can plant the seeds. A good way to tell whether or not the seed pod is ready is to shake the pod. If the seeds are ready, you will hear them rattle around!

Aren't they pretty?! I love the different shapes and textures they provide. We have lots of different colored Lupines in our garden beds and they are a showstopper.

Dahlias are another favorite of mine and Jordan. Once they start producing, they don't stop!! There are so many varieties and colors to choose from. The big white one is a Dinner Plate Dahlia. We had to have the Dinner Plate Dahlia for its impressive size.


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