this week’s bouquet

This week’s bouquet is a result of a need to do some serious cutting back.  I needed to tie up the wayward new raspberry branches and to do that, I had to first remove the netting.

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But, I couldn’t even get near one side of the raspberry bed because of the verbena bonariensis.  They had reseeded from last summer and become a gigantic patch of one of my favorite garden flowers.  They run the length of the raspberry and zinnia beds, and I could not have planned this beauty if I had tried.

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The verbena were tall and tangled and it was like hacking through a jungle to get to the far side of the raspberry patch.  They had even mingled themselves in with the raspberries.

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At first, I just cut and threw them on the compost heap, but then realized I could stick them in water and make a bouquet with them right then and there.  I usually don’t like using them in an arrangement because they drop so much debris, but doing it outside eliminated this problem.

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I tucked the vase into a corner of the herb bed so it wouldn’t topple over, and kept sticking the cut stems in the vase.

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I didn’t make any effort to cut the stems the same length or make it look arranged.  This was more about not wasting a lovely flower than making a perfect bouquet.

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I set them on the concrete bench in front of the greenhouse for a photo shoot, someplace different than always using my screened porch.

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But they ultimately ended up on the wrought iron black table on the deck.

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It is a rather large arrangement, and looked so much happier outside than in my dark house.  Plus, every time I look out the windows, it makes me smile.

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Verbena bonariensis is one of those special summer flowers that has an exquisite floating, airy quality that needs nothing else to add to it’s simple beauty.

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Linking with Cathy at Rambling in the Garden for “In a Vase on Monday”.  Check out all the pretty arrangements this week.



20 thoughts on “this week’s bouquet

  1. I wish Verbena bonariensis did half as well in my garden, Cindy! I’ve planted it a few times but the plants never self-seeded. It looks splendid all by itself standing tall and proud on your deck.


  2. Thanks Kris! I usually grow it from seeds every spring and get a few plants. Last summer the few plants I had fell over, and surprised me this spring with hundreds of new plants coming up in the gravel. This wasn’t exactly the place I would have planned this abundance. Next spring, I think I’ll transplant some of them to an area I would like them. I think it’s a tender perennial, so I have to start with new plants every year. I was thinking next year, I’ll pinch it back and grow it in pots on the deck. I saw a picture of this and it was beautiful. Maybe it would grow that way for you. I’m sure it should survive your winters.


    1. Mine never reseeded in this manner before. I really had nothing to do with it. The few plants from last year simply fell over and laid on the ground for awhile. I assume that is when all the seeds dropped. I didn’t realize it reseeded and would survive our cold winters, so hopefully next spring there will be another crop.

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  3. Oh yes, I would be happy for this verbena to self-seed but it does not do so with any abandon. I like to pot up any seedlings to sell at my garden openings. Your vase of them is lovely, especially in the white spotty vase

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    1. This is a first for me Cathy. No one was more surprised than me when I saw hundreds of seedlings in the spring. The deer did their damage by giving many of them the old “Chelsea Chop”, and trampled on them when I was chasing them around the garden, but it didn’t seem to bother them much. They just grew on to the beautiful grouping they are today.


  4. I am not surprised that glorious arrangement of verbena made you smile every time you looked out of the window! It is magnificent, and the plants clearly love your garden! It is a terrific plant and I have some in my outer garden, as I call it. Only a small clump but it towers over the garden wall and has been a happy refuelling station for bees and other pollinators all summer long! Amanda

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  5. They look so lovely in a large group. It’s like a sea of purple floating above everything else. I have a few stragglers in my front garden and I don’t like them as much that way. I need to coral them somehow to make a grouping. I still haven’t figured out if the plants survive the winter or just reseed. I’ll know next spring I guess.


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