June 18, 2021

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Garden Bouquets from San Diego

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Today we’re off to San Diego to visit with Catherine Dickerson.

One of the things I love about growing lots of flowers is the abundance of bouquets that come from the necessary trimming and cleaning up. I used to complain that most of my work here in San Diego is hacking and trimming. Now I think of it as tender care, and that shift in perspective makes it all very enjoyable.

For over half the year, we have the delicious luxury of flowers in every room. Here are a few bouquets.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA little powder-room bouquet of overgrown cerinthe (Cerinthe major, annual) and geranium.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsMore cerinthe, with broken snapdragons (Antirrhinum majus, annual) and trimmed ligustrum (Ligustrum species).

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsSweet peas (Lathyus odoratus, annual) in front of two Moses-in-a-boat (Tradescantia spathacea, Zones 9–11 or as a houseplant), the first of the latter I’ve been able to grow after failing with several. Sweet peas have to be cut daily, as they rush to produce seeds, which of course reduces flowering. I get most of my vases from local estate sales—on Sunday afternoon when the prices are cut in half. This vase is a treasure I brought home from a charity shop in the UK while visiting my sister over 10 years ago.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAn abundance of alstromeria (Alstromeria hybrids, Zones 8–10). We have this very determined and expansive plant growing in five colors around our yard. The orange ones grow to 5 feet tall. Visitors often go home with a large bouquet.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsA modest bit of broken-stem snapdragon and trimmed ligustrum.

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsLots of sweet peas! The purple flowers outside in the background are cineraria (Pericallis × hybrida, Zones 9–10 or as an annual). We brought two from a trip to Northern California a few years ago, and they reseed every year. A vigorous abutilon is growing behind them. (The sign in the window has pictures of our cats, in case of emergency.)

, SEO, Wordpress Support & Insurance, Mortgage, Loans, Legal, Etc BlogsAnd last but not least, my first ever cauliflower. Broccoli, beets, kale, spinach, assorted lettuces and snow peas are delicious, but not as photogenic.

Thanks so much for this opportunity to share these wonderful treasures with people who share the same great joy!

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