In the Garden: Cut Flowers Can Brighten Your Home and Your Day | Home & Garden

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Some of us like to bring flowers indoors. Even in the summer, when there’s a lot of outdoor activity, seeing them on the breakfast table is a great start to the day.

Some gardeners use them as motivation – after weeding the perennial bed or after cleaning the kitchen – the flowers can be cut and brought indoors for a bouquet.

On days when it’s too hot, too rainy, too cold, or when we’re too busy, they bring the outside in, along with some fresh air and fragrance.

And while outdoors it takes lots of plants and large flowers to really make an impact, indoors the tiniest of flowers nestled in the base of a small salt shaker can brighten up a counter or table. .

Almost any plant deserves a closer look, including many that we don’t consider vase-worthy. The leaves of hosta, Solomon’s seal, coralbells, lady’s mantle, brunnera and other “mostly foliage” plants are surprisingly long-lived and can provide filler for flowers that are less abundant. Vines like Virginia creeper, clematis, bittersweet, English or other ivy, periwinkle, grapevine, and creeper offer a similar load as well as delicate trailing vines to spread around the vase.

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Annuals are all about flowering. Pansies, tobacco (nicotiana), cosmos, zinnia, lantana and many others are happy when stunned and do well as cut flowers. Midsummer landscape plants to cut include alliums, baby’s breath, bee’s balm, black-eyed susan, blazing star, coneflower, coreopsis, pincushion flower, roses, sage and yarrow.

In the fall, aster, sedum, goldenrod, sunflower, toad lily, and tortoiseshell can be brought indoors for more attention. For drying: feverfew, amaranth, lavender, gypsophila and hydrangea. For seedheads, good picks include faux indigo blue; poppy; Echinacea and Milkweed Mexican Hat.

Trees and shrubs can be more temperamental. Cuttings of some of them wilt almost immediately after cutting, but viburnum, forsythia, lilac, fruit trees and many others offer wonderful options for bouquets. A few that offer particularly attractive branching or foliage include willow, dogwood, redbud, deutzia, camellia, witch hazel, hibiscus and hydrangea.

Almost without exception, the intricate form and beauty of plants deserve more than just a glance. Putting them at eye level is a way to better enjoy them. And would we rather have a closer look at them while we weed around them, or while having them on our desks and tables?

Butterfly Garden Walk

The Papillion Junior Woman’s Club is sponsoring its third “Walk in the Gardens” on July 16 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Walking is a benefit for the Tri City Food Pantry and Heartland Hope Mission. Admission is monetary donation or non-perishable food.

Six gardens will be presented.

1301 Phoenix Circle, Butterfly: This home features cottage gardens, a long brick driveway lined with perennials, an edible garden, and ginkgo, umbrella, and blue spruce trees. The piece de resistance is a pumpkin. In the past, some have reached 400 pounds.

516 Deer Run Lane/515 Quail Ridge Road, Butterfly: While these two back-to-back courtyards feature several sunny gardens with a wide variety of plants, it’s the shady gardens where most people will linger. Hundreds of hostas are accented with ferns, epimedium, bleeding heart, trillium, celandine poppies, brunnera, hellebores and shade-loving shrubs. Both courtyards contain fountains and one has a pond.

404 Shannon Road, Papillion: This courtyard is a charming priest’s garden. An acacia tree will greet you in the front yard surrounded by beautiful shade plantings. A large oak tree awaits you in the back yard surrounded by plantings, a birdbath and a sweet little fairy. This garden says to take a chair, sit down for a while and drink it all.

7830 S. 98th, La Vista: This pollinator-friendly garden features native plants that attract bees and butterflies. Butterfly milkweed, prairie petunia, Golden Alexander, Joe Pye Weed, Mexican Hat and ironweed blend together in a beautiful coexistence. It also includes two beautiful clematis. Look for plants with charming names like rattlesnake master and verbena bonariensis.

Veterans Park, Halleck and Monroe Streets, Papillion: The butterfly garden quickly became an impressive showcase. The garden, built in the shape of a butterfly, includes a small water bubbler and a large monarch butterfly sculpture with many plants that attract pollinators. It continues to be a haven for birds, butterflies, bees and hummingbirds as well as an oasis of peace and serenity for humans.

Representatives from Tri City Food Pantry and Heartland Hope Mission will be on hand as well as master gardeners in select homes. Donations will be accepted at each garden location.

Outdoor signs, summer wreaths, plants and other garden treasures will be sold at the Shannon Road address.

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