Saturday, June 26, 2010

Cutting Garden

Next to my potager (kitchen garden), I have a cutting garden.  Right now it has tall (6') sunflowers in the back row, not yet in bloom, zinnias in the middle and short sunflowers in the front (not in bloom).

Mr. Comforts of Home is expanding it.  I want to incorporate perennial flowers too.
Short sunflower in front, getting ready to bloom!

Do you have any suggestions for flowers for my cutting garden?

See the plant below?
This is growing on my hill side.  Do you know what kind of flower it is?

Here is the plant before flowering in  the picture has a leaf similar to irises.

So I would love suggestions for my cutting garden and I would also love to know what kind of flower I have growing on my hill side...any help would be wonderful!

(p.s. I don't have any wedding pictures from the post below....:-(  My battery died after taking the first picture along the river on the way to the wedding.)
Welcome Home,


  1. This looks like a gladiolus, although I have never seen one in this color. Beautiful!

  2. Your cutting garden is coming along great, Penny. Your mystery flowers are gladiolus...they grow from a corm.

  3. I agree with the others, it looks like a gladiolus to me. Your sunflowers are going to be gorgeous!! I love daisies in a cutting garden. And how about zinnias? Dahlia's are so gorgeous too. So many choices!!! Your beds are so nice and I know you have really enjoyed them. I missed some pictures the other day, because my battery died. Hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. Love & blessings from NC!

  4. I love the look of your garden. Yes, I believe your flower is a gldiolus. I had a lot of them when we first moved into our house but we've not kept them through the years because they were in places they didn't like - hardly any sun and they weren't happy!

  5. Very easy and cheerful Daisies - they are perennials, bloom a really long time, and can't be beat! Look for "Alaska" or "Becky" variety.

  6. Hi Penny, Would have loved to have seen some of the wedding pics . . too bad the battery died in your camera. I can't believe how fast your garden has grown. Looks wonderful . . Zinnias are nice and come in such beautiful shades ... would look nice inside with your decor. Sandy:O)

  7. Oh, Penny...your raised gardens are so so pretty. I can't wait to see them when the flowers are all in bloom. And to have a kitchen garden is awesome. Gosh, things sure have moved along fast around your new place. You and Mr. Comfort have really been working hard...and have accomplished so much. Everything looks so nice.
    Sorry I can't help you on the flowers...I am so not a gardner.:(
    xo bj

  8. Hi Penny, the mystery is a gladiolus. Someone planted them sometime. My sister grows them. Lovely flowers and great for cutting. My mom always had a cutting garden and fresh flowers in our home was a must. When we were small she would take turns asking us (the sisters) to cut the flowers. We had specific instructions and followed them carefully. Smile. She arranged them so well. Thanks for the memory you just brought back. Your cutting garden will be so pretty. Enjoy them.

    The grands and my daughters and son will be leaving today. My son and his three are already gone. The rest are still sleeping. Thus, the time on my computer. I am checking your previous post now.Smile.
    Hugs, Jeanne

  9. Hi Penny
    Your garden looks great! You're lucky to have fresh produce from your own garden.
    I'm in Cape Cod right now waiting for our little grandson to finish his morning nap.
    Hugs, Rhondi

  10. Love the ideal of a cutting garden. I cut my flowers all the time ... I also loved getting to see a bit of your home, so pretty. Thanks for visiting.

  11. yup, it's a glady all right!
    love that you have them growing freely!
    your garden is beautiful Penny. I love how you have a cutting garden bed too!! :)

  12. That would be so nice to have cutting flowers to bring inside. Don't know what that flower is, but the leaves sure do look like that of an iris.

  13. Sunflowers and zinneas are great for a cutting garden. I also like black-eyed-susans and maybe daisies in the spring.

    That's a gladiolus ~ the mystery flower. You might see some hummingbirds around it.

    Enjoy your garden!

  14. Your gardens are lovely and I agree with all the others that your mystery flower is a gladiolus.
    I also live in NC and have found black-eyed susan, coneflowers, daisies and zinnias to be nice for cut flowers. Also, if you like Calla Lilies, I find they are doing well for me.
    Happy Gardening.

  15. I agree - gladiolus and a pretty one at that! Love your cutting garden! I plan one for next year since I don't really like to cut the flowers in my regular beds. Daisies are pretty - maybe something that can also be dried so you have something for winter and to use in wreaths (that's what I plan to do).


  16. We use to have a very large vegetable and flower garden.
    Two of my favorite cutting flowers were white larkspur and white stock.
    They look wonderful together in the garden and in a vase.
    I also like white dill…works great as a filler.

    your garden looks wonderful....


  17. Hi Penny, you wouldn't believe but I had those glady's same colour and all growing wild in my garden too! I love iris's and you can get them in a purply blue, roses definately and for a real cottage look, spapdragons and cosmos, they sort of look like a daisy but are much finer and are on long stems and sway in the wind. Have fun planting, Maryann

  18. Penny your garden is coming along so beautifully! I wish I had the space you have,

    I like daisies, zinnias, dahlias, Bells of Ireland, sweet peas and hollyhocks...actually I love all flowers and any would look wonderful in a cutting garden.

  19. Penny, Betty Crocker's Recipe Keeper: from the heart, is offered online. Just type it in and it will come up. Only 12.00 brand new. And you can get one even a bit cheaper there also.
    FYI. :)

  20. Your garden is growing so fast!! The bulb you have is a gladiolus - like Mrs. Peace said. The bulbs will multiply each year. LOVE the salmon color!!