I also cut the annual larkspur that I sowed in the cutting garden way back in late winter, under berry cloches. They're getting past their sell by date, so I figured I better cut them and use them. It was nice that one of them was actually in a color that matched the sweetpeas.
I've been very happy with the performance of the cutting garden so far this year, its first year. I haven't used it to its fullest potential, really, just like when I was using the raised bed for veggies. But it takes some getting used to, this cutting of flowers.
Here's a look at the cutting garden. Everything here grew from seed except the Dahlias at the far end, and some tall Phlox in the middle. It's also a bit of a mess all around this area, because it's still cluttered with everything that I moved away from the house so they could paint it.
|Dahlias with lots of buds|
|I saved this empty space for Dahlia tubers that I ordered last fall, but by the time they arrived in the spring I had forgotten where I had left room for them, so I ended up potting them up|
|I sowed Nasturtiums and Calendula all around the edges -- this nasty is called 'Orchid Flame' and it isn't a bit nasty, it's gorgeous|
|The seeds came from Select Seeds, and every single one came true, although they don't look quite as vibrant as the picture on their website|
|This is another Nasturtium called 'Climbing Phoenix,' which are all supposed to be vining nasties with split petals|
|This came from the same packet of seeds, and is vining, but the flower is pretty much like an ordinary Nasturtium|
|Statice getting ready to bloom|
|Calendula 'Solar Flashback'|
|Also 'Solar Flashback' -- these have always appeared in these two colors, always with those red backs on the petals|
|Calendula 'Bronzed Beauty' -- also lovely|
So, that's a look at the state of the cutting garden this summer. I think I've made a pretty good start.
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