Barefoot by the Sea

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Last year, I decided my love for fresh flowers in the Summer was an expensive treat.  I can barely resist the bunches of colorful flowers when we make our weekly trip to the Farmer's Market or when we are visiting the animals at our favorite farm.  Call it an addiction?  It's dangerous!  I try to budget our weekly market "allowance" and that should be reserved for fresh veggies and fruit.  There may or may not have been some excessive spending last Summer when I "needed" a new bouquet of peonies.  Or, there may have been a week where I opted for sunflowers instead of kale. 
I decided to try to plant our own little cutting garden this Summer and to take advantage of the perennials that are already plentiful in our yard.  I'm happy to say we've started clipping tiny bouquets and it's become an absolute pleasure sharing this with Riley and Sydney.  I love watching Riley put different color combinations together and Sydney as she carefully treats the blooms.  Last year, she would yank them out by the roots...this year she is gentler and is learning the different varities.

I love these State Fair Zinnias, which are tall enough for bouquets.  We also planted a few of the dwarf varieties for added color in our front.
I also love the daylilies, especially the pink ones!
and these lemon yellow...
We planted these daylilies back when we moved into our home, five years ago.  It's amazing to see how they've multiplied.  Now, if I could just divide them in the Fall, I'd have even more!  I always worry I'll damage the plants when dividing them.  If anyone has any tips, I'd love to hear! 

Have a wonderful Thursday!


  1. I don't think you can kill day lilies. I hack at mine every year, and they keep coming back...and spreading. I love having perennials that we can cut though. I have really realized how much I enjoy fresh flowers. And I have to confess that in the dead of winter I definitely buy them to brighten the house :-)

  2. I am already a follower, I planted Zinnias too. LOVE your pictures! XO

  3. Daylillies are easy to separate - use a shovel to dig them up & use the shovel to separate them at the root base if needed. Similar to separating Hostas.... cannot really hurt them! I love the yellow ones too. I have some yellow with red near the center.


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