I took Wednesday off to get ready for a class I was teaching on roses at the local library. I wanted to have time to make bokays to have for door prizes! The dreaded Japanese beetles who had descended a few days earlier and an all night rain meant there was a chance that no “suitable” roses would be found for my bokays.
So I woke up early eager to get started and I was greeted with a cool, peaceful, misty morning. A morning perfect for gathering flowers! Sometimes you just feel you have God’s stamp of approval on the task at hand and this was such a time! #grateful
I loaded up my wagon with buckets of water and a nice big container to hold the weeds and dead heads I found along the way.
The fruit of my labor…
There are few things I enjoy more than a morning in the garden to gather! Unless it’s arranging the “gathering”! I forgot to take pictures of all the arrangements but here is one…
TIPS FOR YOU
Last week at Rosefest I did a mini workshop on flower arranging. It was such fun! Here are some tips I gave those who attended for extending the life of their bokays.
- Morning is the best time to cut flowers.
- Use sharp snips or pruners.
- Choose blooms not yet fully open.
- Place in water immediately. (Take bucket to garden!)
- Re-cut stems under water before adding to arrangement.
- Remove leaves that will be under water.
- Use flower preservative in water.
- Change out water and recut stems every day or two!
On this Bloom Thyme Friday, I wish for you a beautiful, peaceful, misty morning to be in your garden and flowers to pick for your bokay!