Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cutting Flower Basket


After our garden tour we had a presentation on
how to plan and grow a cutting garden.
This is something I had wanted to do for years
and this year I finally have my first one!


One of the recommendations was when going out
in the early morning or evening to collect your flowers
you should cut them and put them directly into cold water.


Now this makes perfect sense,
why didn't I think of it before?
So out I went with my ice cream bucket with some cold water in the bottom.
Unfortunatly, it just didn't work very well
as I had flowers with short stems and long stems.
I needed a better system.


So I went through my pantry and found this old basket.
It is sturdy with a good handle and a good size as well.
I then took three different sizes of canning jars.
The tall one for long stemmed flowers,
the medium for medium stemmed,
and the small for the short stemmed flowers.


There was also enough room for a pair of my gardening gloves
and a sharp knife, which was another recommendation.
She said, "no dull kitchen scissor." - lol.
I added an inch or two of water into each jar
and went to the garden to collect some flowers.


It worked amazingly well.
It was so easy to just put the flowers in the jars,
it looked pretty while you were collecting,
and it was so easy to carry around as I moved
from one section of flowers to the next.
I love it!!


I made three arrangements from this batch of flowers I collected
and when I was done I just set the basket in my back porch,
ready for the next day - and it looks cute sitting there as well :)
I am just so thrilled with this little basket!
It makes cutting and collecting flowers a breeze.


~Finding the amazing in the simple~
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32 comments:

  1. So cute, to go out cutting fresh flowers with your pretty basket. I love all the flowers you planted for your cutting garden. Love the color and style. Beautiful!

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  2. your flowers re beautiful....I love the way flowers look in the basket while I am in the garden cutting them...so pretty..
    Mona

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  3. Hi Alana

    What a great idea! I'm definitely stealing/borrowing this one!! Your flowers look great just as they are in the mason jars.

    Have a great day!!

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    1. Glad I could share it with you! Hope you enjoy your basket as much as I do :)

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  4. So beautiful. I used to grow zinnias and cut them all the time but haven't done so in quite a few years. Your arrangement and post makes me want to plant some next year! Thanks!

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  5. Great idea. Sometimes the simple suggestions are the best! Don't be like me...last week I picked flowers and brought the spider right to the table with us!
    ~betty

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    1. Oh, that would be horrible! I hate spiders sooo much.

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  6. Beautiful arrangement! Having fresh flowers in the house makes a room so inviting.

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    1. I agree! They always add that extra special touch :)

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  7. Those are so cute, and what a nice way to have a wide presentation in that cute basket. I love you can bring in your own blooms...and make it so pretty.

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  8. The cutting basket is so cute! What a great idea! Your flowers look so lovely! What a treat to be able to enjoy them all summer long. :-)

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    1. Thanks! I just love spending time in my flower garden :)

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  9. I love flowers from our garden! Sometimes my husband will cut some for me, and I enjoy that. :) I love the idea of using a basket. Your flowers are so beautiful!!

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  10. The cutting basket is adorable and filled with those lovely flowers, picture perfect! You're so blessed to have such lovely flowers to enjoy them til fall comes..or maybe even winter?! Thanks for your sweet and kind visit.
    FABBY

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    1. Well, on a rare year I may be able to enjoy them to November but definately through until fall :)

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  11. Your basket is so pretty and practical. I love the idea of the 3 jars for the different sizes of flowers. This is a great tip, so thanks for sharing! It's easy to see the care you've put into your garden because your flowers are beautiful.

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  12. How beautiful! Thank you for sharing these tips :)

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  13. Oh my! Perfecly gorgeous Alana! The flowers and the photos are so beautiful! Great tips too! Have a fab week! Angie xo

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  14. Your flower basket looks great! The colors are perfect together! Liz

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  15. What wonderful tips Alana. On Saturday I thought I would take a bouquet to my dil who was in the hospital after having our new grandson. At first I was going to go buy some then I thought, why buy? I have some beauties right here. I took the vase out and just cut the Zinnias and Larkspur and put it right in. Tied a burlap bow and Voila. It really did turn out cute. I forgot to take a pic. One mistake, I use old dull scissors. lol! Now I know better. Your flowers are lovely and the basket and bottle idea is great. Thanks for sharing your smart tips with Share Your Cup.
    Hugs,
    Jann

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  16. So pretty!!! I am hosting a Giveaway to win a 50 dollar gift card to the store HomeGoods. It would be great if you stopped by and entered. Thanks Anu

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  17. Such an amazing article and very interesting detail about the flowers basket i really love it.
    holiday flowers

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