Flower Fridays: Petunia

At this point I can only dream of petunias, but dream I will. I love planting petunias that drape and spill out of hanging planters. Each year I select a different color to plant—there are so many varieties to choose from in variegated and solid tones. Growing up my mom sometimes called me sweet petunia.Continue reading “Flower Fridays: Petunia”

Flower Fridays: Stock

Stock is such a boring name for a flower (though the species name, Matthiola incana is quite sing-songy). But I will forgive the flower-naming gods because stock is not boring at all. Frilly double flowers in all colors imaginable, some with heady scents, stock make wonderful bouquets. Florists regularly keep them in stock—pun intended! InContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Stock”

Flower Fridays: Anemone

Anemone flowers are such frilly beauties. Bold in deep dark crimsons and purples. Or delicate and soft in whites and pale pinks. They mean forsaken in the language of flowers though there is no reason to abandon them for your bouquet because they also mean expectation. So I say go for them and expect theContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Anemone”

Flower Fridays: Hydrangea

I would love to have a hydrangea bush in my garden. Alas, I have tried and not succeeded at keeping one from getting eaten by deer. Fortunately, I have a friend who has beautiful bushes that she clipped and used to help me create lovely table arrangements for my 25th wedding anniversary last year. AndContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Hydrangea”

Flower Fridays: Calla Lily

Calla lily are striking, bold flowers. Before researching them for this blog, I had never heard their botanical name, zantedeschia aethiopica. That’s a mouth full. Calla lilies are not members of the true lily family—they are in the Araceae family, along with caladium and philodendron. They are native to Africa and have become naturalized inContinue reading “Flower Fridays: Calla Lily”