Today is July 4th, we are about 13 weeks away from wedding day. I am resting assured that we will have plenty of flowers.
Wow! We have been blessed with nice rains every week, no intense storms, and a hot year. It is all I can do to keep up with flower harvest and processing. The time will soon come where I can't keep up with it all.
Strawflower - I think I have over 500 plants and I have been harvesting about 15 flowers/plant/week! Wowza! Just wait until next post to see what fun I am having processing them. Think fairyland...
There only only seven of these Persian Jewels Love in a Mist. I spent 3 hours weeding those few plants out because I love them so.
Another plant being babied are these Bells of Ireland. About 10 of these plants, said to bring good luck. Check back to see how cool they look when being processed. Lots of fun!
I only started a handful of Gomphrena (below) but they are big producers. Today there were about 20 flowers on each plant. Given that I am harvesting twice a week, that means I will have no less than 240 stems for the wedding.
Celosia can have issues with disease, so I have had to pull a few plants, but luckily I have around 200 plants so its no big deal. Similar to the Ageratum, once harvested these are pressed and turn out marvelous, keeping their color.
Above is a poor pic of a great flower, Drumstick, been harvesting by the handful check back to see their true nature.
This above is Sweet Annie, perhaps my favorite filler, it smells amazing! Plus, it combats the weeds well so it is low maintenance.
Ageratum abounds! Harvested by the ton, pressed n' dried.
Not to be confused with Starflower below. That was the first bud forming, I have now harvested 3 flowers. With only 15 plants these are some of the prescious plants which I have been babying.
Above and below is Cornflower, also called Bachelors Button. Similar story as Persian Jewels Love in a Mist, these little ones needed to be direct sown as seed. They had a fit with the weeds and took a long time to come up, so I planted a second round at our home garden. Now they are coming on strong!
This glowing beauty pictured below is a Statice. They are a graceful flower that is easy to dry and will be a wonderful complement!
We got decorative Sunflowers - Sunbright is the variety pictured below, bred for their ability to dry well... time will reveal whether we agree.
These that follow came to us from previous gardens and luckily I have a keen eye for these ones as babies and when others were claiming I was being ignorant of the weeds, I knew that they would bring beauty to the plot, be a fun summer bouquet for friends, and bring cheer to my home and work environments.