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Monday, July 2, 2018

In A Vase On Monday and A Look At The Cutting Garden

For my In A Vase On Monday post, I cut some sweetpeas, which have finally started flowering. They smell wonderful. I sowed them in my cutting garden around the time you normally plant regular peas here, which is St. Patrick's Day, and they have been slow growers. They're flowering, even though they are barely halfway up the trellis. I'm new to sweetpeas, or maybe they're new to me, however you want to put it, I don't have a clue what normal behavior is for them. I do know you're supposed to keep cutting them if you want more, so I cut every single one that had opened.

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.

Cathy at Rambling in the Garden hosts In A Vase On Monday. Check out her post here.


  1. Your cutting garden is looking great! I love your Nasturtiums. The are so cheerful.

  2. At first I was taken aback by your tern I love them, but then realised they were shortened and 'endearing'. The calendulas are rather good too, and you have certainly got an attractive cutting garden.

  3. The sweet scent of your sweet peas must make you smile whenever you're over there by the sink! Your cutting garden is very exciting, especially the chap inspecting the soil.

  4. "it takes some getting used to, this cutting of flowers"... I love that sentiment. I planted some cheap lily bulbs from Fred Meyer in one of my driveway stock tanks. I keep meaning to cut more of them, but then again I kind of like them out there, and I don't have to listen to Andrew worry about the staining potential of their pollen. Re: the cutting of sweet peas, I had no idea you're supposed to cut them to get more. This is my first year growing them as well.

  5. I think your cutting garden is doing fantastic! Last week I pulled my mom's sweet pea vines out, but we had vases for months, so it always shocks me a little to find out they're summer growers elsewhere. Calendula won't take summers here either, at least in my experience. So I'd probably fill my theoretical cutting garden with dahlias for summer, (even tho the two in my garden are having dreadful mildew). Statice would go in my cutting garden and strawflowers too. Maybe lilies for cutting?

  6. Oh wow your cutting garden is fabulous.....I adore the nasturtiums and my dahlias are budding too. And I have larkspur envy! Gorgeous. As for sweet peas, mine are only about a foot or 2 tall and now just flowering. I presprouted them in late March and put them in biodegradable pots and when warm enough I planted them. I think they would have grown faster if June had been warmer as it should have been. Thanks for the reminder to cut the sweet peas. Oh and your vase is beautiful!

  7. Beautiful blues and pinks. It looks as though you have plenty to cut and lots more to come.

  8. Your cutting garden looks great, Alison! It's much fuller than mine at the moment as the cool season flowers bloomed longer this year, leading to a delay in their eviction to make way for my warm/hot season flowers. Does the bust with the hat work in deterring critters like a scarecrow? I hold the bunnies responsible for nibbling at my sweet peas in late winter, delaying their usual bloom cycle here so I need a solution to apply next year as the rabbits seem to be here to stay.

  9. Cutting gardens are fun, so many pretty flowers to pick, or just to enjoy. Much of our vegetable patch is devoted to flowers.

  10. Beautiful! I had a cutting garden, but turned it back into a strawberry bed. The flowers are lovely!

  11. It’s nice to see your cutting garden doing so well, and with so many blooms to choose from. Can just imagine how even more bountiful your selection will be next year and years to come!

  12. You featured two favorites of mine: Nasturtium and Sweet Pea. The fragrance of the sweet pea has no match.

  13. What pretty colours of larkspur you have to acoompany your sweet peas.One of the UK television garden ing presenters cuts ALL his sweet peas every 10 days, not that I have followed his suggestion yet! Good to see your cutting beds - they do take some getting used to don't they? I love mine now - even just looking at them!

  14. Your cutting garden looks beautiful. I'm trying one myself because it was a veggie garden and I don't much like growing veggies. That Calendula 'Bronzed Beauty' is particularly nice--very tempting. It must be a winter annual here, like Sweet Peas and Nasturtiums.

  15. I love Nasturtiums. Didn't plant any this year, though. When I do, it's usually 'Empress of India'. Yours look great.


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