What’s that?!?! Are those SNAPDRAGONS?!?! If you’ve been around the blog for awhile, you’ll know that I’m absolutely terrible at growing snapdragons. I’ve tried several times, but something always go wrong. Not this year! I grew actual snapdragons – look, there’s even photographic evidence!
This variety isn’t one of those fancier hybrids, but rather came from a package labeled as ‘Tall Mix’. I think I bought it from Baker Creek. I’m so happy with the colors and the size of the blooms. Okay, who am I kidding? I’m so happy that they even bloomed. Here’s hoping that I will be able to duplicate this success next year.
I couldn’t resist taking a picture of my pretty snapdragons with some sunshine and a lens flare.
Using my snapdragons, I quickly made this cut flower arrangement from the cutting patch. There’s honestly not much blooming right now, so grabbing a few odds and ends was a little bit of a challenge. I think it turned out rather lovely, still.
‘White Wonder’ feverfew from Renee’s Garden remain to be one of my absolute favorite small flowers – both when used in a vase and when growing in the landscrape. The huge sprays are so pretty and attention grabbing. The only downside that I’ve noticed is that the can smell a little “skunky” when they’re wet. Not a fan of that, at all.
The ‘Orange Sun’ pansies are also still blooming. I really like using pansies as cut flowers this time of year, as their stems are the perfect length for making jars full of flowers. There’s something about them that makes me feel carefree and happy. It might just be because they’re bright yellow though, I’m not sure.
I think this flower jar would have looked really nice if I had just omitted the snapdragons; and used only the greens, yellows, and whites. You can see above, I also used a little bit of sweet basil for foliage-filler. I love adding basil to flower arrangements. It very seldom wilts, and it’s so easy to grow when the weather is blazing hot in the summer.
Last, but not least, I added a few alpine strawberry leaves. Though not very large, I think the shape offers a nice contrast. What do you think? I’d love to hear all about it in the comments! Thanks so much for reading!