Way back in winter 2019/20, I decided to turn some of my bigger planters from vegetables to flowers. Yes, I made a cutting garden in the Microgarden. With no regrets. Not one.
When the Plague of 2020 had everyone else scrambling to buy up veggie seeds, I already had my seeds – for Zinnia, Calendula, Cosmos, and other long-blooming flowers – as well as Dahlia tubers and three more cultivars of Gladiolus corms. As a result, when spirits have needed boosting most, we have been blessed with an ever-changing display of cut flowers.
Giving over my largest planters to the flower garden also doesn’t mean I didn’t plant vegetables. I still have baby cucumbers (you can see them climbing in the background in the first pic below), tomatoes, pole beans and herbs, all in new soil and most in new planter bags. But it does give me a chance to let the soil in my very large water troughs rest for a year because that’s where I put the shallow-rooted gladioli.
When it comes to overwintering summer bulbs, I’ve found glads to be almost idiot-proof (I’m the idiot that needs proofing). And they last a long time as cut flowers.
I really had no idea what they’d really look like when I ordered from Canadian bulk bulb retailer FlowerBulbsRUs.com. I just picked three I thought might look well together. And they did! [Full disclosure: I pay for my bulbs, just like a regular person.]
Then came the glads! ‘Greenstar’ is a star, for sure. ‘Spic-and-Span’ has great striations and purple stamens. And ‘Sotsji’ has to be my favourite. All frills. Cursor over the thumbnails for the caption or click on any image for the slideshow.
Here are some of the other beauties in this year’s cutting garden. A couple of years ago taught me I should never be without zinnias.
The cutting garden has brought me a lot of joy. And thank goodness for that. How about you?