I am a little late in posting this morning because I had to venture out into my garden and cut flowers for today’s post.

“My Garden Bouquet” began last month rather unexpectedly.  I was preparing for my daughter’s birthday part and had forgotten to buy flowers.  So I rushed out into the garden with a pair of hand-pruners determined to cut some flowers from my flowering plants.  I was quite honestly surprised at how beautiful it was and it lasted for about 7 days.  You can see what it looked like in the photo below.

My February MGB 
Globe Mallow, Desert Senna, and Purple Lilac Vine.

And so, the idea of have a monthly “My Garden Bouquet” (MGB) post really appealed to me as well as the fact that I have a beautiful bouquet to enjoy.  You can’t beat the price (free), how long the flowers last and how beautiful.
This morning, I wanted to concentrate on the cooler flower colors in my garden and so I picked flowers from both my Pink & White Globe Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua), and Goodding’s Verbena, (Glandularia gooddingii).
 
As you can see, it is not fancy, but that suits me just fine because I am not a very fancy person.  You do not even need a vase…..any container will do, just add water.  As you can see, I used a mason jar.

I would love to see what types of flowers from your garden that you  use to make into bouquets.  If you do not have much blooming, you can do as my friend Balisha of Never Enough Time did last month when she had no flowers in the garden.  You can view her February Bouquet here – it was very creative.

And so, on the third week of each month, I invite you to venture out into your garden and see what you can use to create a beautiful bouquet.  Please leave a comment and your link on my MGB posts so that others can visit you to see your bouquets.
I hope you take a walk outside in your garden today…I cannot wait to see what kinds of bouquets you create. 

**Please visit the following bloggers and see their beautiful bouquets:

Diana at Elephant’s Eye

Balisha at Never Enough Time

Heidi at Gippslandgardener

Catherine at A Gardener In Progress

Jan at Thanks For Today.

Noelle Johnson, aka, 'AZ Plant Lady' is a horticulturist, certified arborist, and landscape consultant who helps people learn how to create, grow, and maintain beautiful desert gardens that thrive in a hot, dry climate. She does this through her consulting services, her online class Desert Gardening 101, and her monthly membership club, Through the Garden Gate. As she likes to tell desert-dwellers, "Gardening in the desert isn't hard, but it is different."

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  1. Christine B.
    Christine B. says:

    I love using mason jars or reusing old jelly jars for bouquets, too. Unfortunately, mine would only have a handful or two of snow in it for this month. Drat!

    Christine in Alaska

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  2. Curbstone Valley Farm
    Curbstone Valley Farm says:

    I think your bouquet would rival any florist's. The globe mallows and verbena together are lovely. You have height, color, contrast…and most importantly, the satisfaction of knowing you grew them yourself. Bravo! I can't wait to get more flowers planted in our gardens. (I love that you're making this a regular piece on your blog).

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  3. Floridagirl
    Floridagirl says:

    I love your garden bouquets! Your cool colors are lovely, but I don't think I have much of those colors that will hold in a vase. Me and my loud garden! I too love to cut odds and ends from the garden to bring in. My mom does floral design, so I'm sure she finds my attempts somewhat humble, but any flower I love in the garden is welcome in a vase. It's a great way to trim and pinch back and still get to enjoythe blooms. And like you said, you can't beat the price!

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  4. Liza
    Liza says:

    Agreed, that's a gorgeous bouquet. I really liked the one from your friend, too. Very creative, especially using the snow as a background. This is a great idea, Noelle – kudos to you! Keep the inspiration coming!

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  5. Joseph
    Joseph says:

    very creative and lovely! you could compete with local florists, no problem! i love using mason jars for vases. heck, we used them to drink out of for our wedding, too!

    well, i can't wait until i have some flowers to cut and make arrangements out of … i was mentioning that to my wife yesterday because i was reading online that wildflowers will produce more flowers the more you pick 'em. i'm still waiting for the first flower to bloom …

    in fun, i created a parsley and broccoli bouquet last night and gave it to her. she didn't seem too impressed, but i wish i had taken a picture to share here! 🙂

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  6. debsgarden
    debsgarden says:

    Your bouquets are really beautiful, and I like the mason's jar, too. I am always amazed what I can find on any given day to make a bouquet. This may be one meme I can't pass up!

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  7. debsgarden
    debsgarden says:

    Your bouquets are really beautiful, and I like the mason's jar, too. I am always amazed what I can find on any given day to make a bouquet. This may be one meme I can't pass up!

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  8. Meredith
    Meredith says:

    Noelle, the bouquet in the mason jar is my favorite: just beautiful! Both bouquets have that lush, romantic feel that says "bouquet" and not "flower arrangement" to me. I'll have to give this idea a try. I've always loved homemade bouquets. 🙂

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  9. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Hi Noelle,
    Thanks for mentioning me on your post today. Your creation is so beautiful and full of color. I like the use of something other than a vase. My bouquet is up and I must say…I had to do it with very few flowers. It takes courage to show an arrangement with no experience. I love this idea.Let's keep it going and hope that many more join us.
    Balisha
    Balisha

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  10. Meems
    Meems says:

    Hi Noelle,
    Both of your bouquets are really beautiful. Just the kind I prefer. Also love the use of the mason jar. Your flowers are beautiful, too. And how nice that you have so many to choose from. I like to make arrangements using foliage from the garden. It is always available and lasts a really long time inside. Not sure I'll post one because I'm not very good at doing memes but if I get a chance I'll sure give it a try.
    Great idea.
    Meems

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  11. Gail
    Gail says:

    Noelle, That's a lovely bouquet and hopefully the Middle South will have blooms enough to cut before long! Maybe a cutting garden is needed here! gail

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  12. jeansgarden
    jeansgarden says:

    Noelle, I love this idea for a meme. As soon as there are enough flowers in bloom here (usually sometime in June), I gather cut flowers from the garden twice a week for house bouquets. -Jean

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  13. evolutionofagardener
    evolutionofagardener says:

    Wonderful idea for group blogging theme. Unfortunately, the only thing blooming here in Connecticut is crocuses that are only a few inches tall. Soon, though, hopefully very soon we shall have lilacs and irises and dainty little bleeding hearts. Your blog has been such a joy to follow through the winter. 🙂

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  14. Jan (Thanks For Today)
    Jan (Thanks For Today) says:

    What a wonderful idea, Noelle! I just happen to have some daffodils and hyacinths blooming now…and if it isn't too late, I'll join in tonight or this wkend. I didn't see your post about it last month…sorry for not coming by regularly. I'll try to remember to join in each month. I did see Catherine's and that's how I knew you had this great idea! I love both of your bouquets. So very bright and 'free' is definitely good!

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