Well, it is time again for our Monthly Garden Bouquet.  July is a great month to create a bouquet from the plants in your own garden since so many plants are in bloom.

I am announcing a change in this ‘me-me’ that I created over a year ago.  Instead of featuring bouquets from my garden (which you have seen a lot of), I thought it would be nice to feature bouquets that you create from your own gardens.  

That way, I can share with all of you a great variety of different bouquets using different types of plants from all over.

I must admit that I got this idea from David from Tropical Texana who created a beautiful bouquet last month and ‘sent’ it to me (virtually).

So, if you would like for me to show your bouquet, please email me your photo (using the email link on the sidebar) by the 15th of each month.  You can always post your pictures of your bouquet on my facebook page as well.  Please tell me what type of flowers you used – in case I can’t recognize all of them.  As much as I would like to claim that I can recognize all plants – it is certainly not true 😉

Well, are you ready for this month’s bouquet?  Becky sent me a photo on my facebook page of this beautiful arrangement that she created using flowers from a Plumbago shrub (Plumbago auriculata).  

Becky wrote that this photo is of three of her recent fascinations – raising backyard chickens, rescuing beautiful containers and taking photos.

I think she did a fabulous job, don’t you?

Cape Plumbago is one of my favorite shrubs – first, because I love the color blue and secondly, because it brings back memories of growing up in Southern California, where this is a popular landscape shrub.

Luckily for me, it also grows in Arizona where I now live.  I actually planted some in our first home in Phoenix and they did very well.  It is native to Africa, grows to 3 – 10 ft. high and wide.  Hardy to zones 8b, it does suffer frost damage, but quickly comes back in spring.  In the desert, it does best planted in light shade, in my experience.

For those of you who blog, if you would like to share your Monthly Garden Bouquet, please feel free to add your link to Mr. Linky below.  You can also post your bouquet to my facebook page for us all to see.

So, I am very excited to see what types of bouquets you will create for August’s Monthly Garden Bouquet.  Remember, you have until August 15th.

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."

7 replies
  1. Esther Montgomery
    Esther Montgomery says:

    Bother. I just filled in the linky, thinking I was putting in details for a comment. Apologies. Can you delete me?

    What I was going to say . . and now am . . . is that I don't have a bouquet today but it's a good idea and I'll remember this for another month.


  2. Elephant's Eye
    Elephant's Eye says:

    I'm sure the Plumbago appreciates a little shade. It is from the Eastern Cape and expects some rain year round. We saw it clambering way up into the trees.

  3. A Daughter of the King
    A Daughter of the King says:

    Ooh It's exciting to have my little project on your blog! I have many Cape Plumbago plants. One of them is in a pot on the west facing side of my house and climbs up about 9 ft. Another is in shrub form on a hot South facing wall with afternoon shade. Several are under a 60 ft Eucalyptus tree in part sun, and yet another is on the north facing wall. Pretty versatile! They all get a shot of water daily, and a deep water once per week. It blooms most of the year, taking a break Dec-March. I love the rare blue it offers in the desert.

  4. David
    David says:

    That's a great bouquet idea! Thanks for mentioning my blog and I hope you get some great bouquets to post in August. I'm posting my July bouquet by the Mr. Linky method. It's a living bouquet for my wife.
    Happy Flowers!
    David/ 🙂

  5. Marguerite
    Marguerite says:

    Noelle, I'm pretty late adding a bouquet this month but I just managed to squeeze it in before it turns August. I like the new idea, can't wait to see what others are creating from their gardens.

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