Plants For Cut Flowers
Not all flowers are suitable for cutting and arranging. Those that have long, sturdy stems and the endurance to last at least a day in a vase of water are best for fresh arrangements. 'Everlastings' - flowers (or other parts of the plant) that remain attractive and don't fall apart - are best for dried arrangements. Consider planting a row or two of annual flowers for cutting in your vegetable garden or near the kitchen door so you can gather fresh flowers whenever you harvest vegetables. Also included on this list are any plants that provide materials (leaves, bark, etc.) that are useful in both fresh and dried arrangements.
Around this time of year farmers here in Kentucky remove the flower buds from the waist-high tobacco (Nicotiana tabacum) plants. Sometimes they miss a few, like this on, and the showy, fragrant flowers make an appearance. Click to download a large of version (800x600) of this beautiful burley blossom from my home state of Kentucky (which is also preparing to re-enter the commercial hemp, Cannabis sativa market).
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