First of all, I would like to apologize for not coordinating a Monthly Garden Bouquet for February.  I wish that I had a great excuse for not doing one such as maybe not having any flowers in my garden.  But, that would not be true.

The reality was that I was just awfully busy last month and I did feel a bit guilty about it.  So, even though I am still recovering from pneumonia, I drug myself outside, (in my pajamas I might add), to find flowers to cut.


It really wasn’t hard to venture outside.  A clear blue sky and temperatures in the 70’s…..it was so beautiful.

Here is what I came up with…..

 
The blue flowers are Bachelor’s Button, which I have growing as a companion plant in my vegetable garden to help attract pollinators.  This is the first year that I have grown them and I just love their vibrant blue color.
The yellow flowers are from my Desert Marigold (Baileya multiradiata) perennials that I have dotting my front garden.  They survive on rainfall alone and are flowering off and on all year.  I do give them a ‘haircut’ three times a year to help them look their best.
Lastly, are some pink flowers from my potted Dianthus, which have done so well throughout the entire winter in my front entry.
I ventured outside in my PJ’s because I was sure that I would only take 2 minutes and no one would see me.  But no….. my wonderful neighbor saw me and I spent a delightful 1/2 hour talking with her in my front garden in my pajamas 😉
**I would like to thank you all so much for your kind comments and well wishes for my recuperation from this awful pneumonia.  I have a lot of medicine to take and am feeling much better.  I am just feeling tired and weak now, which is hard when I see the spring pruning that needs to be done in my garden.  Thankfully, my husband is more then willing to help out.
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Okay, so maybe some of you are wondering about this Monthly Garden Bouquet.  Well, here are the details below…..
If you would like to participate in this month’s MGB, 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! 

It can be as simple or fancy as you like.  Each month, I cannot wait to see what you all come up with.

**Please stop by and read my latest blog post about “Welcome Residents in the Vegetable Garden” on Birds & Blooms.  Your support means a lot to me and the editors 🙂


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."

11 replies
  1. Balisha
    Balisha says:

    Your bouquet is lovely. Take care and get your needed rest. Pneumonia can sneak up on you. So glad you are feeling better.
    I'll have to get out and find something to make a bouquet with. I'll be back later…Balisha

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  2. Gardens at Waters East
    Gardens at Waters East says:

    Whenever I look at your Blog I get a little jealous because when you have all those blooming flowers at this time of the year, and we have all the snow we do – I think I am meant for warmer climates. The bouquet was very nice – but makes me jealous! This week I posted more snow from the storms Tuesday and Wednesday. true, the snow is pretty but I have had enough! Jack

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  3. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    Glad you are feeling better. Very vibrant colors on those blooms. I need to get some desert marigold then, since they can survive on just rainfall in an arid region.

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  4. David
    David says:

    Hi Noelle,
    I love your March bouquet. It's so bright and fresh and colorful! Thanks for hosting another year of monthly bouquets. It's such a great idea.
    I've got one ready and I hope all will enjoy it.
    Happy Spring!
    David/ Tropical Texana/ Houston

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  5. Jenni
    Jenni says:

    Hi Noelle, I'm really sorry to hear about your FIL's diagnosis with ALS. I lost my beloved 'Oma' grandmother when I was only 12 to the disease. She shared her love of gardening with me and I feel bonded to her by going forth and sharing with my own kids the joys of gardening.
    I understand the bittersweet memories you'll have of your special family trip. I'm thankful that you were all able to be together and create those special memories. Jenni

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