Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: St. Lynn's Press (February 1, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 7.3 inches
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"Slow Flowers" was published in early 2013 and has an interesting premise for a book: The author, a west coast garden design expert, wondered if she could make a bouquet from locally-grown flowers every week of the year.She didn't grow everything herself, but she avoided blooms imported from other countries, although she did buy them from local growers, some of whom used greenhouses during the winter.Obviously, since she lives in the Seattle area, she was able to "arrange locally" more easily than many of us who live in the midwest or the northeast. But even though she is from a warmer climate, her book is still useful to the rest of us. In the back of the book, she included a list of all the plants in her bouquets, and the majority of them would grow here in the midwest, either as perennials or as common summer annuals.And many of the bouquets included branches with leaves and berries in the fall, forced bulbs and flowering branches brought inside to bloom early in spring. These are all materials that are available to colder-climate gardeners, if not during all 52 weeks of the year.Since I started my own cutting garden last year, I have been interested in suggestions for flowers to grow, and this book did provide me with many ideas. It also has a number of sidebars containing practical information for cut flower bouquets: how to make hellebore flowers last inside, how to use flower frogs to help flowers stay upright, etc."Slow Flowers" is altogether a useful book, and one well-worth reading several times over.
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