I love to display summertime cut flower arrangements in every room of our home. Even more so, I love growing my own flowers to use in these arrangements. Check out my tips to create beautiful arrangements for your home all summer long- and it won’t cost you a penny!
For the past several years, my husband has been purchasing mixed wildflowers and tossing them into a meadow at our home to create a beautiful wildflower field for me! We aren’t much for planting these in perfect rows; as our main focus is on our vegetable garden at this time.
Eventually I would like to be more intentional with my cut flower planting and include flowers such as cosmos and zinnias in a more controlled manner.
But for now, my meadow of wildflowers suits me just fine!
At our new home this year, he continued with the wildflower meadow tradition but also added a field of sunflowers out by our pond! I absolutely love walking outside in the mornings and seeing all the sunflowers facing the morning, summer sun!
I am always amazing that the sunflowers all grow in the exact same direction, towards the sun!
Using flowers grown on our own soil, makes these floral arrangements even more special to me when I see them in our home. Flowers and greenery brighten my soul and the abundance of fresh flowers in the summertime add to the many reasons summer is my favorite season of the year.
I have even been known to decorate with yard weeds before cut flowers are ready to pick, but the flowers are just oh so beautiful! My mother and I share this love of fresh flowers in our homes!
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5 TIPS FOR CREATING beautiful SUMMERTIME CUT FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS
1. Include some unconventional greenery in ARRANGEMENTS
I like to look around my yard for greenery in the form of weeds, leaves, and herbs.
I have used leaves from our garden vegetables, such as the long leaves of a corn stalk. Cilantro is a beautiful filler in a summertime flower arrangement as well!
Our woods are overfilled with mini bradford pear trees (oh how we despise that tree and the way it spreads). However, using a few limbs from this tree in some of my floral arrangements can add quite the touch!
2. Use non-traditional vessels for arrangements, not just vases
Ironstone and ceramic pitchers are my all time favorite way to display my cut flower arrangements.
I also love to display flowers in my antique blue mason jar collection.
Whatever is already in your home, whether it be metal galvanized buckets, ironstone pitchers, or jars, put the flowers in that!
3. Include some flower buds
There is just something so sweet about a flower bud waiting to open. I love to pick wildflowers that still have a few unopened buds attached.
Also cutting back the flowers, encourages more to grow in its place, especially wild flowers.
This only creates more beauty to enjoy all summer long!
4. Add flowers at varying heights
I love the look of an imperfect arrangement. I like to tower the sunflowers over the wildflowers to add some dimension and add taller greenery to the back of the arrangement.
Flower arrangements are meant to be fun and relaxing in my opinion, so have fun with the design!
5. Remove leaves towards the bottom of the stem
Removing the lower leaves on each stem will help the flowers fit into your vessel much better as well as help them thrive longer. These lower leaves will continue to pull nutrients, which takes it away from the flower at the top. I usually remove these from each stem as I cut my flowers outside!
Sunflowers– This was our first year to grow sunflowers and we just threw the seeds out by our pond after turning up the soil. We are very pleased with how the field is turning out thus far.
We do plan to plant them more strategically next year though!
I hope you are inspired to grow your own flowers in the spring and summertime!
With these beautiful flowers, you can have fresh blooms in your home all summer long without spending a penny!
And your soul will always be smiling!