It is a great time of year to pick your “weeds” for a joyful bouquet.
Any time of the growing season makes a nice arrangement with wildflowers. Above, from late July and a bit more on the formal side. Below, October 6th looser and informal. Above, Hydrangea leaves (limp in the hot summer weather) are used as filler, and below, Hosta leaves. Above the QAL is large and full. Below they are much smaller in scale.
The colors of the meadows make me happy, so I brought some home for a little fun today.
Pick some weeds for a pretty arrangement. You can add grass heads, colorful berries, ferns, or add crabapples on picks. Use oasis for a better presentation, or a vase that is not transparent like mine. I just threw these arrangements together, but I hope I gave you some inspiration. Now go pick some weeds! Add a few garden flowers as I have done too.
It is best to pick the wildflowers in their prime, which was a few days ago, but they still make a nice arrangement even a little past prime. Knapweed, abundant last week is done now.
They are displayed on a brick pillar with a cut stone cap, and also on a poplar log stripped of bark. I did bring them inside to see how long the wildflowers last.
When I first brought them into the backyard, the term “beeline” made a lot of sense. City bees were on them in a flash. You might even see a bee or two in the photos, even though I was chasing them away.
Of course when I walk to the meadow, I bring the camera too. This time I brought my tiny collapsible shears. In the meadow, these guys were all over the boltonia if that what the tiny daisy-like flower is in the one arrangement. Same with fleabane, anything with daisy petals attracted them.
The asters were popular too.
Up next, what’s blooming in the garden in an unusual way. Another project. The hydrangea and Hosta leaves are from the garden, but all else is from the meadow.
See last weeks popular posts on native flowers and the benefit of non-natives to pollinators.