Celebrating American Flowers Week

American-Flowers-Week

Just because I love herbs doesn’t mean I don’t also love and adore fresh cut flowers. Nothing quite brightens my day like the sight and scent of fresh flowers. That is why I want you to join me in celebrating American Flowers Week, June 28 – July 4, by gathering flowers and foliage from your garden and combining it with American-grown flowers to make a patriotic bouquet for the Fourth of July. Of course, you know I’m going to tell you about what you can clip from your herb garden to enhance your bouquet:

Scented Geraniums – These geraniums have small, unremarkable flowers but they also pack a big punch in the aroma department. Choose from a variety of scents, including rose, ginger, lemon, peppermint, spice, apple, and more.

Calendulas – The showy flowers of calendulas (aka pot marigolds) can provide flavor in the kitchen but their flowers are also bright and cheery.

Lavender – If you are fortunate enough to have a lavender bed, of course you should use the flowers in bouquets. Ditto on the leafy branches which also have the same wonderful scent.

Pineapple Sage – You probably don’t have this herb in bloom right now but when it does flower it adds a bright firecracker red color to any bouquet.

Rosemary – The deep pine notes of rosemary’s aroma also provide a nice backdrop to colorful flowers. The stems are sturdy and can help keep an arrangement upright.

Yarrow – For fresh or dried arrangements, yarrow is a sure-fire addition to your bouquet. This perennial herb comes with flowers in a wide range of colors so look for ones that appeal to you.

So get out there this weekend and create your own All American bouquet. Even if your garden can’t provide all the flowers and foliage you want, your local florist, farmer’s market, or even supermarket should have flowers you can use. Be sure to look for the red, white, and blue “Certified American Grown” logo on the flower sleeve. And as a final incentive, for those of you (or members of your family) who enjoy coloring you can click here and download this map of the United States and color to your heart’s content.

American Flowers Week Map

 

2 comments on “Celebrating American Flowers Week

  1. Debra Prinzing

    hi Ann ~ thank you for such a fun idea to share with all of our #americanflowersweek participants! I have to add that many specialty cut flower growers have spearmint and Thai or opal basil crops for the floral customers — all are beautiful in bouquets (and long-lasting, too)! Debra

  2. Ann McCormick

    And that reminds me – the Arnosky’s Flower Farm (http://www.texascolor.com/) also had fennel growing in their field. That was a real surprise to me.

Subscribe to My Newsletter

Powered by Robly

Recent Blog Posts

  • Expert Researching

    ‘Expert’ Is Not a Four-Letter Word

    April 04, 2017

    The internet is a fine and wonderful thing. However it has caused our society to develop certain schizophrenic tendencies when it comes to expertise….

  • Crowded Fish

    Excuse Me, Martha Stewart?

    March 03, 2017

    A few days ago I got a question via Facebook from a friend in Idaho. She had seen an article from the Martha Stewart website with five tips on how to…

  • Spring Flower

    Starting Your Spring Garden

    March 03, 2017

    Spring has come a little early this year. I’m seeing signs all throughout my garden. The daffodils that poked through the soil in late January are n…

  • Seeds Ready to Be Sown

    Questions About Seed Starting

    February 02, 2017

    February is the season of love…and of the very beginnings of your summer garden. This is the month when you can buy fresh packets of seed and start…

  • Oranges and Spices

    Wow Guests With Cranberry-Lemon Punch

    December 12, 2016

    With the holidays here, you are probably connecting with family or friends to share the joys of the season. Whether it’s just a few buddies over for d…

Topics:

The Herb ‘n Cowgirl is a member of