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Floral Fantasy: Peonies

This is an arrangement I made at work the other day.  Florists love peony season, they are huge (the flower, not the florist-mostly!) and will give you a good focal point in an arrangement for a fairly inexpensive price.  We are always looking for more bang for the buck!

A Garden Arrangment

A Garden Arrangment

 
This arrangement was made in a clear glass cylinder vase and includes peonies, green hydrangeas, roses and dahlias.   I needed some extra greenery so I cut a few fronds from a fern.  The style of the shop where I work is very low and lush, we do mostly corporate work, so they must fit easily on a desk.  With a low vase, you have less chance of tipping the vase and ruining your keyboard.  And that’s a good thing!

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Free Plants Are Great, Part 2

It definitely pays to work where you can get free plants. 

 When we bought this house there was practically nothing on the property.  We moved in on a Victoria Day weekend and there was nothing but a lovely, but horribly overgrown bank of white lilac.  But after a few weeks, I noticed the sod being pushed up behind the house. The previous owner had laid sod right over the original plants. They were nothing spectacular, some orange daylilys, purple iris and 2 peonies, but they were the only perennials on the property. Now, I am only telling you this, so you realize just how many plants it will take to fill 3/4 of an acre.  Every time we had moved before, I was always able to dig up some plants and take them with me.  This time, we moved to England, so I had to leave everything behind.

So anytime I can score free plants at work, it doesn’t matter whether or not I like them, or if they are hardy, I take them.

My next addition to my “Lime Walk”, was leftover blue hydrangea from Easter.  Now, I had tested these “florist” hydrangeas before, they had lived (and flowered) the 2 previous winters.  Owen Sound gets a ton of snow in the winter and it sure does make a great blanket.  I planted these in a line behind the muscari.  If they make it great, if they don’t, it fills in the spot until I can afford to replace them.

Look at all the free Hydrangea!
Look at all the free Hydrangea!

I am sure that I should be planting “Endless Summer”  hydrangea instead of these florist ones, but even if they only keep the weeds away for the time being, it is worth it!

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