Returning to Flowers

Well, I got back from the wilds of Central Illinois, but only after changing my flight to accommodate the summer nor’easter that blew through the mid-Atlantic states Friday and Saturday. It gave us about 7 inches of rain, which on top of other rain this month shoots us to more than a foot for the month of July.


The flowers in my garden are full of bees and butterflies and goldfinches. It’s a wonder. I need to pull some out, though as they are shading vegetables.

Things are back in order again here at home with clothes unpacked and put away, the fridge restocked, and the garden visited. I am going to have to rip out flowers, there’s nothing more for it. At least around certain plants that they’re shading.


I picked some cool colors and some hot colors. In the hot bouquet, I cooled things down with blossoming mint and artemisia ludoviciana or “silver king.”

In the meantime, I’m enjoying the bouquets. I made two large ones, one of which I gave to a neighbor, and two smaller ones. I was able to put flowers in the living room, at the workspace and in the bedroom.


I may take this bouquet in to work tomorrow…

So my home is full of garden flowers, just the way I like it!


The living room bouquet smells of mint and rosemary, which is a nice addition.

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39 Responses to Returning to Flowers

  1. Mary Tang says:

    Wow you are so organised! My bags usually sit in the hall for weeks. šŸ™‚ Your work station is looking great and the flowers really brighten the place.

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  2. Sylvie G says:

    You seem to know very well how to arrange flowers !

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  3. The flowers are so bright and cheerful and beautiful – pulling them out seems sacrilegious, but if needs must! Don’t talk to me about rain! Bah, humbug is likely to be my response! Hope you had a lovely visit and was pleased as punch to arrive home to your lovely apartment with sparkly new kitchen šŸ™‚

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  4. Lovely bouquets. Our Head Gardener is prone to ripping stuff out for the protection of others šŸ™‚

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  5. Laurie Graves says:

    Beautiful! Always hard to rip plants out of the garden.

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  6. Lovely! I’m a softie about ripping out flowers that are infringing, but sometimes it just has to be done.

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  7. jennypellett says:

    It’s a world wide thing, this rain. We’ve had nothing else the past few days. Actually, ever since the schools broke up for the “summer” holidays. šŸ˜•
    Your flowers are beautiful. My garden is very green…not much blooming at all. Maybe I’m using the wrong feed or something? It’s all very frustrating!

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  8. Brenda says:

    Your flowers are beautiful. I also love to put mint, lemon balm, sage, and other sweet smelling herbs in my bouquets. A double pleasure.

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  9. Lavinia Ross says:

    I have finally caught up with you again. I like the shore green/blue and yellow paint scheme, and your gardens look beautiful, and well ahead of ours. Blossom end rot is a problem here too, and it can be hard to get the mineral balance right. Calcium should fix that. With all our winter rain, the man trace minerals get washed out.

    I also mix flowers among the vegetables, and tend to plant thickly, as they help shade each other from the sun, which can be pretty strong in summer.

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    • arlingwoman says:

      hey thanks for coming by and catching up! Goodness, summer can be busy. I love your blueberries and that wasp nest. There was a wasp on the subway today, with long dangly legs, and I thought of your description…


  10. Welcome back. I hope you enjoyed your time at home. As for the rain, I can hardly imagine where it all goes when you get so much in such a short time. We average 15 inches in a *non-drought* year. I can’t fathom seven inches in a month. At least it spares you the chore of watering. Is it any wonder you have so many gorgeous flowers. Your vases are beautiful. Isn’t it fun, too, when you can share your bounty?

    You new desk looks terrific. It’s both pretty and practical. Do you wonder now how you survived without it?

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    • arlingwoman says:

      Well, we had some flooding in low places, but in general are pretty well set up for high volumes of rain draining off. I don’t know what our average rain is each year, I suppose because we we usually get enough. It’s nice not watering, which isn’t my favorite chore. I have to say the work area and shelves are great. I’m still pinching myself over the kitchen. Happy August.


      • Lisa, I agree with you that watering can be a chore. I’m not sure why it’s so boring, but it is. I prefer pulling weeds, pruning, deadheading, shaping plants, harvesting…almost everything but hand watering. Lucky for me most of the garden is on a well managed drip system. Most of my pots are now succulents which only need water about once or twice a month! I’m glad you’re enjoying your kitchen and work area. Did you manage to find a comfortable stool?

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      • arlingwoman says:

        I did find a good stool, but I also stand there a lot, as I sit too much during the day. We had a rainstorm tonight that included hail like the tip of your pinkie. Yeesh. It ended with a double rainbow, though! Pot of gold at Roosevelt Island. Very near me. I should go hunting it this evening.


      • Ah yes, the illusive pot of gold. That is an amazing rainstorm. Another blogger I follow just mentioned heavy rainstorms, but she’s in Minnesota. I guess this is not uncommon for your part of the country.


      • I just looked up your average rainfall. It looks like you get rain year round! Lucky. Your high average is 4 inches a month, so if you just got 7 inches in a storm, that is a lot!


      • arlingwoman says:

        A couple weeks ago we had three inches over a Friday night and Saturday morning. I had a look at your stat’s and boy, that is grim. I did know it rained there primarily in late fall and into winter, but with the temp’s you get and the low rain, it’s no wonder you’ve got pots of succulents! It’s interesting that we get rain as evenly as we do here. I think of November, for instance as a gray, rainy month, but the averages don’t show that, or the torrential downpours of summer afternoon rush hours! It’s not like, say, a spring rain in New Mexico that brings out the cactus flowers. Nature is a wonder, isn’t it? Thanks for introducing me to that site.


      • I too was surprised that you get such an even rainfall throughout the year. And knowing that you received three inches in under 24 hours really calls attention to some of the extremes we’re all facing. You are more likely to get that volume in a month, not a day. Our lack of rain and what feels like more and more days in the 90’s and above really make the summers drag on. I’ve always preferred autumn and spring, but even winter is looking more appealing. Nature is a wonder.

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      • Here’s ours for comparison. We average 15 inches a year, with barely a trace in June, July and August:


  11. KerryCan says:

    I love coming home from trip and getting settled again! I, too, have been pulling out flowers. I hate to do it but we’ve had so much rain that things have taken off and the crowding is amazing. I envy you your zinnias!

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  12. LB says:

    How lovely! I’m sure if I was a gardener, I would be doing exactly as you are (pulling up flowers).
    Since I’m not, I’m sorry that you have to pull them up. They make me smile


  13. Eliza Waters says:

    Sorry I missed this post last week – but glad I visited today. Your bouquets are beautiful!


  14. Have to admit I’m hopeless at ripping stuff out, even though it is necessary/ šŸ™‚

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