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By Linda Beutler

As an complete gardener florist, Linda Beutler bargains specific insights into developing encouraged flower arrangements and becoming the crops that move into them. one of the themes that Beutler discusses are the philosophy of floral layout; making artistic use of vegetation you are already transforming into; options of harvesting and getting ready lower plant life; "bouquet basics"; and growing preparations for designated events. The ebook culminates in "Plants for the slicing backyard: vegetation, Foliage, and Fruit," which includes distinct descriptions of greater than two hundred impressive vegetation. including vastly to the book's attraction and value are Allan Mandell's breathtaking images of plant life in each degree from the backyard to entire association.

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The flowers we used were columbines and grape hyacinths, early iris and tulips and forget-me-nots. Peonies were too big for the baskets, but anything daintier was fair game. I know now that my mother was a really good sport. Even the most casual herbaceous perennial garden is a cutting garden. Most herbaceous perennials make excellent cut flowers, and using them in this way actually prolongs their blooming season. Such plants as Scabiosa caucasica (pincushion flower) will bloom all summer as long as they are not allowed to set seed.

Some, such as Rosa helenae, develop vivid autumn foliage colors. These may be fragrant; they make wonderful hedges and focal plants in gardens, giving three seasons of interest and ample scope for floral design. If you want roses for cutting but have a small garden that dictates that they must be interplanted with everything else and provide more than one season of interest, then let me heartily recommend the old garden and species roses. They can do everything a good ornamental woody shrub should do.

The onus of a limited color palette was offset by the wild beauty of the flowers, the intoxicating perfumes, and the ease of care. Species roses bring another set of virtues to the table. These are the roses that will, for the most part, create beautiful hips as they mature; round, oval, or flagon shaped, in colors from yellow to orange, Chinese and true red, and even the color of milk chocolate. Some, such as Rosa helenae, develop vivid autumn foliage colors. These may be fragrant; they make wonderful hedges and focal plants in gardens, giving three seasons of interest and ample scope for floral design.

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