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Bringing in a Bouquet

Discussion in 'Flowers & Roses' started by digitS', Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Feb 7, 2019
    digitS'

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    Do you have favorite annual flowers to plant for cutting?

    What are good choices for brightening the home, maybe as a gift when visiting?

    Sure, I have ideas but I feel a little stuck in a rut :).

    Steve
     
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    ninnymary

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    This is a hard one Steve. It's like choosing your favorite ice-cream!

    I guess I like the smell pretty ones, like sweet peas, tuberose, and stock. I don't grow annuals or flowers for cutting. I only have 4 David Austin roses and anything else that blooms stays outside where I can enjoy it longer. This spring I plan to scatter some zinnias here and there but I won't be cutting them. If I did I wouldn't have anything out there! :eek:

    Mary
     
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    canesisters

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    I LOVE having anything in the 'daisy' family on the kitchen counter. It's just so cheery.
     
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    digitS'

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    I'm with you, Debbie! It does seem, however, that "doubles" have better lasting power. It could be because multiple petals hold more moisture. Of course, with few petals, if a couple dry up, the daisy flower looks bad. Still, daisies are "brighter" than even colorful "cushion" flowers!

    Wow. Did I just use that many quotation marks and commas in a comment on flowers this early on a February morning??? Sure did!!!

    Zinnias should be on everyone's short list. I'm planting Stock again this year. (Isn't that a funny name for a pretty flower that smells so darn good?) Stock is a bit risky if our summer comes on like I'm afraid it might. Worth the gamble!

    Steve
     
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    flowerbug

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    we both like seeing the flowers outside but not too many are brought in. once in a while i like a spring tulip, single and serene in it's own small vase.

    roses have not done well here, but if we had some that were scented we'd likely bring some in more oft.

    one that comes to mind that i really liked for scent were the dianthus... alas, i never had good luck with them either. the rabbits seemed to target them for snacking in the winter and nothing would be left to return in the spring.

    as i'm reactive to so many flowers we can't bring in some that are strongly scented like lilacs. i love them, but they will do me in if brought in the house like the lavender too...
     
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    catjac1975

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    Not an annual, but. Try plucking a few daylily blooms and have them float in a bowl of water.
     
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    digitS'

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    Not an annual either but a biennial: the dianthus that I usually have is Sweet William.

    There used to be an outside row of them left in the garden, surreptitiously. This was pre-tractor guy ...

    Abundance, the following year ..! But, pre-tractor guy ... I don't remember that the rabbits were hard on them but if you think I should start using the name "Peter" for the tractor guy @flowerbug ...

    Steve
     
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    i liked the spicy fragrance of some of the dianthus, but like i said i never had much luck with those particular ones. the smaller flashing lights were shaped like pinks in flower size, but the color was a different shade of red. they did well, but it was too difficult to keep them weeded.

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    I have this particular rudbeckia, and I've forgotten the name, but it grows really tall, has large leaves, long petals, and the center cone is green. That's a favorite. [ looked it up and it's Rudbeckia lacinata]

    I like Japanese anemone also, but they don't last long ,so they're best by themselves. They are so pretty in a huge bouquet that they're worth it even though it's brief.

    Echinacea, Maximillian sunflowers, feverfew, ... Sweet cicely is nice in a bouquet, smells licoricey. :)

    Annual sunflowers, sweet peas, and stocks for annual flowers.
     
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    digitS'

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    We have an attractive wild carrot. I've grown ammi majus deliberately. Licoricey would be really special ;).

    Clove pinks and licorice?

    Whoa!

    digitS'
     
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