My greatest garden joy is cutting fresh flowers. My arrangements are cottage simple and vary from month to month as each perennial cycles through its growing period. They always include roses - that's my signature!
1. Cut first thing in the morning and before your sprinklers have a chance to hit them.
2. Choose flowers that are closed or just beginning to open because they will last longer.
3. After cutting, gently tip them upside down and give a little shake. This gives a spider or other insect the chance to escape before you bring them in the house.
4. Carry a small bucket filled with fresh water so you can immediately put them in it.
5. Keep the flower bucket out of direct sunlight as you cut.
6. Keep your variety under 5; otherwise, it looks too busy.
7. Do include different shapes, colors, sizes and textures.
8. Bring them indoors for the final cutting and arranging. Start by arranging the larger flowers and work to the smaller. Reserve the filler flowers for last. My two favorite filler flowers are goldenrod and lady's mantle.
9. Change the water every few days. No need to re-cut garden flowers.
(see more pictures under Cutting Garden section - more to come!)