It’s full-on summer here and I have wildflower fever.
I’m constantly scouring ditches and fields for pretty wildflowers and this year with all the rain and warm temperatures there is no shortage of material.
On Sunday I threw on my sunhat, grabbed some shears and a pail of water, and and joyfully hit the road in search of treasures. I’d seen a vision and I was on a mission.
First of all I clipped a whole clump of purple vetch. It’s a must to put it into a pail of water immediately or it’s not going to make it. It wilts extremely fast and has a hard time recovering (if ever does at all). Most wildflowers (weeds) are like that – they need water asap. After I had gathered everything, I let it sit in water overnight (outside and out of sunlight.) The next day in the cool of the morning, I arranged my bouquet.
- re-trim ends of all flowers
- fill a vase with fresh cold water (I used a plastic cup inside this old cream can)
- cut the cow parsley short and into single florets, and cluster them in the centre of the bouquet
- strip most of the leaves off of the fire weed and place three of them for height
- let the purple vetch do what it does best—spill out over the edge and fall over
- add a bit of white yarrow for fill, keeping it close to the cow parsley
- keep the bouquet out of the sun and change the water daily
So here’s what I used:
- fire weed
- purple vetch, white vetch
- cow parsley
- white yarrow
- purple or white clover would have worked beautifully as well
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