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The 2014 Farmers Almanac
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Simple Seasonal Bouquets

Simple Seasonal Bouquets

Nothing says laid back summer like a picnic by the lake, a cool glass of lemonade, and a handful of freshly picked flowers. But in case your life doesn’t mimic the videos on most country music channels, you too can grow a simple summer bouquet just by follow a few gardening guidelines.

To craft your own bouquet garden, begin with a sunny spot in your yard. A spot exposed to 6 to 8 hours of direct sun a day is most ideal. It should be within easy reach of watering since it will need almost daily watering for health and size. You’ll also want a design that allows you to reach each flower in the garden for cutting purposes. Consider a raised bed with access on all four sides.

For maximum summer availability plant your bulbs in the fall. Daffodils and tulips are quite possibly the most popular late-spring bouquet flowers and by getting them in the ground during autumn months, you should be able to start cutting your blooms by early spring.

Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus’, iris’, and tulips are the most popular spring bulbs and are very common in landscaping design as well as flower gardens.

Late spring is the perfect time to plant seeds for easy to grow summer flowers. The soil should be warm enough for germination and the spring rains will help the seedlings get going. Summer annual flowers include zinnias, sunflowers, dahlias, cosmos, petunias, bachelor buttons, balsam, and alyssum.

To achieve your best results plant a splashy mix of all different colors flowers, much like you’d find in a meadow. Or plant in coordinated colors. All pastels are very pretty. Pick two bright opposing colors like red and blue and fill in with plenty of white. Whatever the case though remember that the joy of a spring or summer bouquet is not always in the end result but in the process of discovery.

Extra Credit: What bouquet is complete without baby’s breath — that whispy, white (or sometimes pinkish), delicate flower that fills out even the dullest of palettes. While tender and a bit finicky about their soil and sun, baby’s breath is a rather easy to grow annual that prefer warm temperatures and fair best when planted in mid to late spring when evenings are warm. Note that baby’s breath will not grow particularly well in clay or sandy soil and prefer moisture over hot, dry spells.

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