Fresh Flowers in the Hizzouse

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  May 29, 2012 — 2 Comments

I’ve long dreamed of having a cutting garden, a plot dedicated solely to producing flowers to be displayed indoors. Then, when I planted our vegetable garden earlier this year I didn’t want to overwhelm myself with too many different plants that would require tending and harvesting, so I decided to take advantage of the opportunity to maybe grow some flowers. After all, everything in a veggie garden is meant to be harvested, right? So I wouldn’t feel bad about stealing flowers the way I would from, say, a shrub growing out front. As if I can get any flowering shrubs to survive out front (so far I’ve killed two gardenias and three hydrangeas). So I dedicated two squares of my vegetable garden to a packet of seeds that simply said “assorted old-fashioned cutting flowers.” And this weekend I was able to harvest my first few blooms.

Anytime I’ve pondered a cutting garden in the past I’ve started obsessing over having the proper variety of colors and spacing bloom times efficiently and on and on and on…so it was kind of nice to just scatter these seeds in the dirt with no idea what would come up or when. These are probably not flowers I would have chosen to plant, but I love them. As for the greenery, I just snipped some rather leafy weeds from our woefully neglected front garden bed and stuck them in around the flowers until I liked the looks of things. The vase was a birthday gift from Nicholas last year from Crate and Barrel (available here).

I’ve got the arrangement sitting next to a little mason jar candle near the TV. I spend a lot of time on the couch these days so I figured I’d get plenty of enjoyment out of it in this spot, haha.

This little wall is one of my thriftiest spots in the house. I made the book page wreath and the cat silhouette myself (pre-blogging). The silver platter is from the thrift store and hung with one of those 3M mounting strips. The dresser was rescued from the side of the road circa 2005 or so and the two fabric-covered boxes inside are just cardboard boxes gussied up by yours truly (see how I did it here). The jute basket on the lower left was on clearance at Hobby Lobby a while back, and the middle right cubby had a thrifted wooden box¬†corralling¬†those Wii games until I stole it for the mantle in Jack’s room this weekend. The only thing I don’t like here is the ugly cable box, DVD player, and Wii on display. We use the DVD player so rarely it seems cruel that I have to see it so often, but I’m not ashamed to admit that the cable box and Wii are a part of our daily lives (the DVR and Netflix’d episodes of Lost are in my top five favorite things right now). Anyone know of a way to hide components without compromising the effectiveness of the remote control?

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


2 responses to Fresh Flowers in the Hizzouse

  1. I have always wanted flowers just for cutting. I am like you. Every time I go to plant I get carried away with what kind and what color and end up not planting what I wanted. I like your flowers and the arrangement. Are they zinnias?
    It is so nice that you can relax and enjoy your little area and realize it didn’t cost much.

    • Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap May 30, 2012 at 7:48 am

      I have no idea what they are. The seed packet has a bunch of varieties listed on the back and zinnia is one of them, though, so it’s a possibility! I feel like I’m living on the edge here, growing flowers I don’t even know the names of, haha.

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