You know what I love about this time of year?
Seeing all of the hard work in the garden come to fruition. I love cutting flowers from my yard and making little arrangements. It just sums up the simplicity of summer.
I’m still working on my developing my cutting garden but this year I ended up with a great crop of Zinnias which are annuals. In addition I have been snipping Black Eyed Susans (not pictured) for the arrangements which are perennials. I like to round out the bouquets with Dusty Miller foliage, a biennial. Huh? Biennial? That means it blooms on the second year but the foliage is a nice silver accent both years. The perennial Astilbe adds height and feathery texture. And finally, a few sprigs of the herb Rosemary give the arrangement a wonderful scent.
So simple yet makes such a big impact!
Other than arranging little wildflower bouquets this month, I’ve also been obsessively making refreshing fruit smoothies. I’d love to say that I grew those ingredients as well but I’d be lying. I stick primarily to ornamentals, not edibles.
So basically I’ve been throwing about 8-12 strawberries into a blender along with a banana and about 2 tablespoons or so of Greek yogurt topped off with ice. The result is a fresh and amazing fruit smoothie! Sorry for the loose goosey measurements but, hey, this isn’t a recipe blog! There’s a baseline for you to start with. Feel free to add rum too. I won’t judge. Just as long as you are not having the rum smoothie for breakfast. Then I’ll start talking about ya.
I seriously can’t get enough of these flower arrangements and smoothies right now so I thought I’d share. Indulge yourself too!
What are you loving about August?
P.S. I stopped by local shop Phantastic Phinds’ blog this week and revealed what I did with an old dresser that lost its drawers. Lost its drawers? Hmm, not sure that came out right but anyway go check it out!