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It’s a bloomin’ shame

By Penny Stine

I have to confess, I’m not much of a flower gardener. I love them, but I know nothing. If they’re perennials that I planted more than a year ago, I probably forgot their name. I planted all my annuals from seed this year, and most of them got in a snit and refused to come up at all. 

Except for the amaranthus candelabra (that’s the big maroon monster) and the orange cosmos, which grew beyond my wildest expectations.

Since I can’t eat them, I’m not as concerned about flowers as I am about tomatoes or the potatoes, but I really tried to plant more blooming perennials and more showy annuals in all my gardens this year. In spite of the annuals that went on strike, I’ve enjoyed some kind of flower blooming somewhere in my yard since March, when the first itty-bitty crocuses popped up.

So why did I wait until everything was showing off for the last time before I bothered to cut a few flowers and stick them in a vase?

Vow for my 2011 garden: Don't just stop to smell the roses... Cut a few and put them in a vase once in a while. 

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