Café Love

My oldest daughter celebrated her birthday this week, so this weeks arrangement was inspired by her love of pink.  I will say that it is one of my favorites too so it might be where she got it from 🙂

Pink Arrangement pic 1

Pink Arrangement pic 2

The flower that stole the show again was the Dahlia ‘Café Au Lait.’  I cannot get over how much I love this flower.  This Dahlia is one of the best I have grown.  Great flower producer! I purchased the tuber from Sunny Meadows Flower Farm this spring as a part of a fundraiser they were having to help rebuild one of their greenhouses.

Pink Arrangement pic 3

Cafe au lait

Cafe au lait pic 2


Other flowers that were added in include;  Nanho Blue Butterfly Bush, Red Lime Queen Zinnia, Cramer’s Amazon Celosia and Wendy’s Wish Salvia.  The Wendy’s Wish is a other one that I cannot get enough of as well.  For me it is an annual so I have to replant every year but I do not mind.  It supplies blooms from late spring till frost.   I noticed a light fragrance this year which seems strange because I have not before but it is welcomed.  Also a great Hummingbird attractant!

Butterfly Bush

Lime Queen

Cramers Amazon Celosia

Wendys Wish close up

I hope everyone is having a great day!



Garden flowers

Summer is my favorite season. The garden beds are full and crammed with plants.  Below is the back flower bed of a view from the kitchen window.  I am afraid not much color reads from this view but I think one of the factors is not enough rain.  Our lawn does not look so good but we have tried several times to seed the lawn and amendment but still not success.   Who needs lawn space?  I think I hear grass being grubbed out for more plants and a stone patio going in 🙂


The view coming down to the side to the back flower bed.


I love having flowers in the garden and being able to cut some to bring insideand to give away.  Here was this weekends cuts.  It includes flowering Oregano, Dahlia ‘Café Au Lait’, Butterfly Bush, Marigold, Nicotiana sylvestris and some Knautia.

Cut flowers

Here are some of my favorites that are blooming in the garden now.


Sanguisorba – love the dark red flowers.

Chocolate Sunflower

Sunflower ‘Chocolate’ – love this color, it appears almost like velvet.  If I could have fields of different sunflowers it still would not be enough.


Rudbeckia subtomentosa ‘Henry Eilers’ – looking great I would love to have more of these scattered in the garden beds.

Toad lily

Toad Lily Samurai has proven to me how tough it can be.  It has done very well for me in a rocky dry spot.


Lastly for today, Zinnia Queen Red Lime.  Last year I could not figure out if I liked the color of them or not but I have decided yes.  They look great inside as cuts and mix well with other flowers.

I hope everyone has a great week!