Woo, two weeks in a row! I think I'm on a roll or something... seriously, it's been a busy summer and I'm trying to get back in the swing of sharing.... so here we go!
Last night I wanted to create another flower arrangement while I was waiting for dinner to be ready. I had picked up the fun bag at my local thrift store a few week back for just $2.00. The size is pretty big and the bottom is actually a thin, flat piece of wood. I love the funky, vintage "gems" on the front and knew it should work well to hold a flower arrangement. So I tucked the handles inside along with three of my milk glass vases and headed out to the veggie and cutting garden to see what might work well with the gems and glitter on the front.
On the way out the door I thought I'd share a bit about how my gardens are doing mid-August. This year I not only started my usual seeds of impatiens, wave petunias, marigolds, zinnias, sweet peas, bacopa/bicopa, hollyhocks, cosmos, sunflowers and cornflowers... I also started calibrachoa or million bells from seed too! I found all my million bell seeds at Harris Seeds, a new to me company, in yellow, white, purple and bright pink!
Here my window boxes are full of purple million bells and the porch is covered with wave petunias and a variety of million bells.
A wee bit closer look at the window boxes and pots...
Million bells in white and bright pink cascade down over this pot inside my painted chair.
All bright pink million bells in hanging baskets... this is my view from my kitchen window. Makes dishes a bit easier when you can look at this everyday.
And the veggie and cutting garden around back... hard to see the flowers from this distance.
Great blooms, sweet smells and long, long stems for cutting!
Floret Flower Farm in a neighboring county sells these seeds and they are worth it if you like to cut and enjoy your sweet peas inside! I didn't even follow their tips that they include with all their orders and still had super long stems!
I used cosmos from Botanical Interests this year; the all white Psyche White and pink is named Candy Stripe. My cornflower is also from Botanical Interests and although I grew 3 or 4 varieties I only used the standard blue here, Blue Boy, trying to bring out the blue gems from my bag.
The two zinnias used are new this year to me... Hidden Dragon, the multi pinks-colored larger bloom, a new one from Park Seed.
The orange and red zinnias in the foreground are Crouching Tiger also a new zinnia from Park Seed. Very similar to the Hidden Dragon except the coloring.
This pinkish zinnia in the front is from Floret Flower Farm and is the Zinderella in lilac. The color isn't a true lilac but is a very pretty pinkish, purple. It is the second zinnia in my flower arrangement above, the smaller bloomed mostly pale pink zinnias.
This year I also added a number of dahlias to the front of the chicken coop and barn.. I'll have to look up the names but they came from a variety of sources including our own local Dahlia growers group, a dahlia farm in Oregon and a few mail order sources.
The good old returning dahlias along the coop.
Although I thought that my new Cafe Au Lait dahlias would be my favorite, I was surprised by this new one name Kelgai Ann... it's a water lily styled dahlia and looks so much like a peony as it is starting to open! How fun in August to have this and from our local dahlia group for just $3!!!
Of course I can always a pick a few more when this one is done!
Hope you are enjoying this second half of summer,
Chris at Red Gate Farm