Hello Everyone…..I hope you are all enjoying your summer so far.  My August has been quite busy and filled with kids back in school, preparing to teach a vegetable gardening class, planning my fall vegetable garden, a baby shower (more about that later), knitting class, baking and writing for a magazine.  

But, I did venture out into the garden to create my Monthly Garden Bouquet and this is what I came up with….

My ‘Rio Bravo’ Sage is in full bloom and I love the light fragrance of the lavender flowers.  I decided to add a cluster of Gold Lantana flowers since they have been blooming in my entryway for the past 6 months.  I love their bright colors.
I must admit that I sometimes overlook my Lantana.  They do so well and are almost always blooming.  They require no fertilizer or special attention except for twice annual pruning.  I think gardeners tend to pay more attention to the plants that take more care,  and ignore those that work hard and look beautiful without much effort, don’t you?
Before I went out into the garden to create my bouquet, I searched for a suitable vase or container to place it in.  I have used the same containers more then once for previous MGB posts and was determined to find another one.  It was then I remembered a special vase that I bought on a visit to Ireland over 9 years ago.

My vase pictures a farm cat and her kitten.  It is from the ‘Landscape’ collection from Nicholas Mosse Irish Pottery.  I have other pieces of the ‘Landscape’ collection and they are beautiful,  painted with farm animals, flowers, and much more. 

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If you would like to participate in August’s Monthly Garden Bouquet (and I hope you do), here are the guidelines.

1. MGB begins on the 21st of each month and runs until the end of each month. Bouquets can be submitted during this time (or even later 🙂
2. Create your own garden bouquet as fancy or simple as you like.
3. I would appreciate it if you would provide a link back to my post inside of your MGB post, but it is not required 🙂 
4. Add your link to Mr. Linky below and that’s it!

I cannot wait to see what bouquets you create from your August gardens.

Have a great week!

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."

19 replies
  1. Rosey
    Rosey says:

    I am glad you showed the close up of the vase, I love the cats!

    Is it too late to join in? I think I might have to rustle up something.

    Thanks,
    Rosey

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  2. Gail
    Gail says:

    I like this meme and want to join next month! September still seems the time to start school~even though it's been August for decades! I hope all goes well with school transition time. gail

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  3. Kathleen Scott
    Kathleen Scott says:

    I love your garden bouquet posts.

    We have that same gold lantana here. It's a champ in our hot summers. I didn't know I should be pruning it twice a year. Does yours die back to the roots in winter?

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  4. Catherine@AGardenerinProgress
    Catherine@AGardenerinProgress says:

    What a pretty bouquet and I just love the pottery. I agree with you on tending to ignore my easy plants.
    I meant to do a bouquet today, but by the time I was in the garden things were looking a bit droopy, hopefully I can get an earlier start tomorrow.

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  5. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    Beautiful bouquet and absolutely stunning vase!! I agree with your comments about lantana. It's actually a staple in my front side and rear corner gardens. I use them often in bouquets for my mother-in-law.

    Love your purple and yellow color combo…it's my fave!

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  6. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Hi Noelle…I think that so many of us have had really bad luck with our gardens this year. The flowers are just limp and dried because of the heat. Maybe that's why people just can't get a bouquet together. Next month may be better here in the midwest.
    Balisha

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  7. David, Melanie and family
    David, Melanie and family says:

    Hi Noelle,

    Sorry I'm a bit late, but I'm a teacher and we are back in school fulltime. Pluse, there's that pesky drought going on and all I seem to have time for is watering.
    Thanks for getting Mr. Linky to work. I always love this group. It forces me to get real creative sometimes. 🙂 August is a tough month down here in Texas, but I managed to find something blooming. 🙂
    David /Tropical Texana

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