Monthly Garden Bouquet

The leaves are beginning to turn and air is finally becoming cool and crisp.  I always look forward to fall as it is my favorite time of year, full of holidays.

My entry for this month’s Monthly Garden Bouquet (MGB) consists of a simple, but beautiful bouquet of some of my favorite flowers.

Now, as I ventured out into my garden to cut the blooms, the rain that had been falling had stopped.  But wouldn’t you know it…..after I made the trek to my side garden, the heavens opened up and I was caught in a torrential downpour.  

I didn’t want to be a ‘sissy’ and decided to cut the blooms as quickly as I could and then run inside.  Well you guessed it….I was completely soaked when I came inside.  But, I was successful and had a bunch of blooms from my single plant.

After drying my hair, I placed the blooms in my vase….

Monthly Garden Bouquet

I realize that I could have put maybe one or two more flowers, but I was NOT going out to venture out into the rain again because first, my hair was finally dry and second, there was lightning and I am paranoid about getting struck by lightning.

I got out my trusty SLR camera and started clicking away.  When I went to download them onto my computer….my camera started to have issues and my photos were lost.  So I had to resort to my small Sony Cybershot camera.  Under the circumstances, I think it did a pretty good job.

Monthly Garden Bouquet

The beautiful flowers of the Red Bird-of-Paradise also known as Royal Poinciana (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), do not need any other types of flowers or fillers.  They are so striking on their own.  

Newcomers to our area often comment on the beautiful shrubs and their bright summer flowers.  I have two by my kitchen window and I love viewing their blooms close up and the hummingbirds who come to drink their nectar.

If you would like to participate in this month’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.  **You can also create an autumn bouquet with fall colored foliage.**

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! 

Have a great week!

Spring’s First Monthly Garden Bouquet…

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."
20 replies
  1. Alice Joyce
    Alice Joyce says:

    Lovely, Noelle!
    I've what I believe to be the final bouquet of the season–annuals that is, colorful zinnias that grow in T's community garden in full sun. Here at home I have Anemones and Eupatorium blooming, but they don't do very well in a vase.
    xo

  2. Alice Joyce
    Alice Joyce says:

    Lovely, Noelle!
    I've what I believe to be the final bouquet of the season–annuals that is, colorful zinnias that grow in T's community garden in full sun. Here at home I have Anemones and Eupatorium blooming, but they don't do very well in a vase.
    xo

  3. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    What a beautiful bouquet…I love the look of those in the glass vase. I just posted mine. I wonder what we Northener's will come up with in the next few months?
    Balisha

  4. Rose
    Rose says:

    A beautiful bouquet, Noelle, and I agree it doesn't need more than this one flower. It looks very elegant.

    I can't believe you're having a downpour in Phoenix, and we're dying for some rain. Certainly makes a believer of me in climate change!

  5. Marguerite
    Marguerite says:

    Noelle, fantastic bouquet. You're right, it needs nothing else as the plant seems to contain everything in one – amazing flowers, berries, leaves and branches. Very full and yet very airy at the same time.

  6. Floridagirl
    Floridagirl says:

    Beautiful bouquet of autumn colors, Noelle! That Dwarf Poinciana is so colorful, it looks as though many different flowers were used to create the bouquet. I think the photographs are wonderful, by the way.

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

    Hi Noelle,
    I love your garden bouquet…simple and stunning! I wish I still grew Caesalpinias.
    I've got my bouquet posted and would love for you to see it. I can't believe I made it to the end of October with flowers.
    Happy Gardening! David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston 🙂

  8. Elephant's Eye
    Elephant's Eye says:

    Noelle – will you update the link on your side-bar? Still says September and I struggled to find this. My post will be up on Monday. I'll come back for Mr Linky ;>)

  9. Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA
    Sara Chapman in Seattle, USA says:

    This is my first visit and I love the idea of the meme, posting a photo of a bouquet I picked last week.

    Of the two photos you posted, I much prefer the natural light one. Glad you picked it safely! Very beautiful flowers in a simple arrangement.

  10. africanaussie
    africanaussie says:

    I also have a vase with just one flower and am entering your theme for the first time on advice from Floridagirl. I entered my link – hope I did it all correctly! we are just moving into summer here in tropcial Australia. I love your vase with the simple orange poinciana flowers – shows them off to the best advantage.

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