Flowers

Cutting Gardens

By Anne Halpin and Betty Mackey

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One of the gardener's greatest pleasures is harvesting fragrant, colorful blossoms throughout the growing season. To bring fresh flowers indoors - with their heavenly scents, exquisite colors, and wonderful shapes and textures - is to bring indoors a little piece of paradise. Growing flowers especially for cutting is not difficult, and the range of suitable plants is surprisingly diverse, including many species of annuals, perennials, bulbs, herbs, and ornamental grasses, as well as vines, shrubs, and even trees. And there are cutting flowers that can thrive in a wide range of soil conditions.
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Bulletproof Flowers for the South

By Jim Wilson

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The former co-host of the PBS show "The Victory Garden" illustrates how to plant, grow, and care for a variety of heat-resistant Southern flowers.
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An American Cutting Garden

By Suzanne McIntire

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A veteran of meeting the challenges of gardening in the US Mid- Atlantic states, McIntire shares 200 choice plants and tips for doing the ground work and reaping the rewards of gardens that are small, shady, for fall, and/or for beginners. Appends information about growing seed under lights, volunteer plants in her garden, nursery sources, suggested reading, and a bloom chronology.

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The Rose in My Garden

By Arnold Lobel

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A variety of flowers grows near the hollyhocks that give shade to the bee that sleeps on the only rose in the garden.

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Daylilies: Beauty for a Day

I’ve gardened for years, both flowers and vegetables, and am a Master Gardener. My passion, though, is selecting, growing, and enjoying cultivated daylilies. Daylilies (hemerocallis lilioasphodelus, Greek for 'beauty for a day') are so named as each bloom lasts one day, yet the plants may be loaded with blooms, opening over several days, if not a couple of weeks. Daylilies come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. They generally range from about 12” to 46” tall and have blooms from about 2” to 8” across! Colors include cream, pink, peach, wine, almost black, red, orange, yellow, and variations and combinations of those colors.

Scented Geraniums Were Stars in Victorian Valentine Bouquets

Scented geraniums' modest flowers are almost invisible among the big blossoms of their flamboyant cousins...but their fragrant leaves made them the secret stars of Victorian Valentine bouquets.