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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Favorite Late Summer Bouquet

Late Summer Bouquet
What’s blooming in your garden that makes a last-minute summer bouquet? Here’s one for a Ball canning jar – it’s a combination of a few of my favorite things:  Sunflowers, Asters, Lavender and Russian Sage. You could add in something additional but if you’re looking for that last-minute bouquet to brighten someone’s day, what better choices can you find than bright Sunflowers with splashes of purple to anchor the vase?
Asters, Lavender, Sunflowers, Russian Sage
Sunflowers are so easy to grow. You can dry and save your seeds each year. Often times, you’ll get volunteers the following growing season by cutting them back and allowing them to naturally seed themselves. Asters, Lavender and Russian Sage are staple perennials so this is a good add to your borders come spring. But even if you only have some annual purple Petunias, those can add a bright purple punch as well. I love this color combination plus those empty Ball jars are waiting for canning night with the deluge of recent tomatoes so one or two of the canning jars won't be missed for your favorite late summer bouquet.  When everything is turning Mums and pumpkins, it’s nice to share the last of the late summer blossoms in your garden. 

As Victor Hugo pointed out in ‘Les Misérables’, “A garden to walk in and immensity to dream in – what more could he ask? A few flowers at his feet and above him the stars.” And don’t forget a late summer bouquet for someone who needs a smile.
What's blooming in your garden for a last-minute summer bouquet?

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