One thing I love about having a garden is being able to have fresh fragrant bouquets from spring to late autumn.
As June is a month of bounty in this respect, I thought I'd post some of the bouquets I made and managed to take a picture of :)
Here is a recent one in a colour combination I'm rather fond of despite the fact that I'm generally not very drawn to getting yellow flowers for my garden.
It's Graham Thomas and the Pilgrim plus the mock-orange and a couple of lavender stems.
I found out that by crushing the wood stem of the mock-orange you can make its vase life considerably longer.
I've got these large cornflower blooms this year that last 7 days or more in the vase.
And they're just starting to show up.
And I've got a whole patch of them :)
I love this combination of sweet peas, scabious and corn flower.
June also means my girl's birthday and she had her first real party this year, so I picked flowers from the garden and made 4 arrangements.
This is one of them, the others I forgot to photograph.
And a natural self-made bouquet as this little rose always comes in perfect bunches
Here's a piece of my garden as seen from the balcony.
There were celebrations over the last weekend and fun was had and gifts were bought ... and received by the birthday girl.
Now the view to my garden includes a big garden house for kids and for people as tall as I am (1.65m) who can actually stand inside :)
I've got this peony as a gift...well, I got a "cheque cadeau" and I chose this beauty and an arch for the garden.
It is now in its fourth year and positioned in a rather dry sandy spot near the driveway of the house, but I've found it to be so carefree.
Itoh peonies are herbaceous, so they die back to the ground every year, but their foliage looks similar to a tree peony and the flowers are similar to those of tree peonies, too.
They stay in bloom for about a month because the flowers last for a long time and because there are several flowers on the same stem that are in various stages of development.
What's not to love about it?