Christmas festivities are winding down as the 12th day of Christmas draws near so it's a perfect time to reflect and take a look at what worked or didn't in my garden this past year. So to get a better grasp of cut flower gardening I'm reading the following books: Gardening For Flower Arrangement--Nehrling, The Cut Flower Garden-James; Cutting Gardens--Halpin & Mackey. Hopefully I can glean a few (less than 10) practices that I can realistically achieve. I started with a 4 X 24 foot raised bed this year and have lengthen it to 32 feet and plan to add another one that is 4 X 32 also. The zinnias, sunflowers, and ageratum did well but the celosia and asters not so good. The expansion will permit succession planting and some additional varieties like gladiolas. I've learned a lot about the types of foliage and flowers needed for arrangements and conditioning this past year. I never really got into this aspect of gardening before so its an adventure for me.
The weather was mild this weekend so I spent time working in the garden mostly pulling winter weeds and moving perennials as well as getting most of the plants that I had bought this fall in the ground. The two new flowers in the garden this week are Loropetalum and Snow Drops. They are blooming a couple of weeks early due to the mild winter weather.
I planted a new hellebores 'Red Lady' near a Daphne and noticed the buds are starting to swell.
A hard freeze is forecast for the coming week so thought I'd share this picture of a Bears Breech before it dies back. I've planted this one with hostas and when they die back in the fall Bears Breech fills in.