cutting garden inspiration

I love the notion of cutting gardens.
They’re beautiful planted outside & then beautiful as cut blooms inside.
I don’t have a formal cutting garden per se but I bring as much of the outside in as I can during this time of year.
Cutting garden 1
I shared here {summer decor} how I used my hydrangeas in my kitchen.
Well, they are in such abundance, I added them to my dining room as well.
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I hate to see these bushes all weighed down with the gorgeous blooms on the ground.
So I cut a whole bunch for the dining room.
Fresh cut flowers from your garden are a wonderful hostess gift to bring to someone else’s home as well.
Cutting garden 2
I absolutely love the colors!  Swoon.
Although I’m a bit sad my blue ones aren’t doing very well this year {not sure why?}.
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I added things I usually use when guests come over {plates, extra silver, candles…} to have them ready instead of hiding them away in the cabinet.
It’s not only convenient but also pretty to look at.  Don’t you think?
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The dining room opens up right to the patio so this way I can grab what I need & go right outside since we like to be outside as much as possible this time of year.
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The fresh blooms brighten up the dining room & make me smile every time I see them.
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Garden cuttings don’t have to be limited to flowers either.
I cut these large fronds from my front yard.
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I love the scale of these.
We inherited this plant from the previous owners so I don’t have the slightest idea what it is.
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But I’m loving how the large leaves look in my front foyer, whatever they might be.
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And to add to the garden theme I included some floral frogs & glass cloches.
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Notice the vintage post card?  You can read more about that here {estate sale findings}.
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I also included one of my outdoor containers from the patio to compliment this lily that belonged to the same plant as the large fronds.
I love container gardening and hope to do a whole post on that soon.
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Yellow is one of my favorite flower colors.
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It’s like a little bit of sunshine in the corner of my kitchen.
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I don’t know if you noticed but I didn’t use a traditional vase as a home for any of my cuttings.
My hydrangeas sit in an old French canning jar.
The fronds are perfect in my large glass container I use for sangrias & punches.
The lily peeks perfectly out of an old milk bottle.
Pretty blooms in unexpected containers tell an even better story I think.
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And although I don’t have a cutting garden per se I do have a vegetable garden which I love.
Mr. Masterpiece made sure it was one of the first things we did in the backyard.  I love clipping herbs or harvesting tomatoes, peppers, lettuce or whatever we have for dinner.
And since we live in California the season is long to enjoy from dirt to table.
Someday I hope to have a small area where I can plant some of my favorite blooms to clip & bring inside, but I really can’t complain.  I love all the sunshine sprinkled around our home.
Happy Gardening!
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what’s it wednesday @ ivy & elephants
treasure hunt thursday @ from my front porch to yours
home & garden thursday @ a delightsome life
think & make thursday @ table & hearth
your turn to shine @ anderson + grant
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shabbilicious friday @ shabby art boutique
frugal friday @ the shabby nest
morning cup of joe @ the cottage market
simple & sweet friday @ rooted in thyme
friday features @ oh my heartsie girl
saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes
sundays at home @ love of home
motivational monday @ burlap & bees
make it pretty monday @ the dedicated house
motivation monday @ a life in balance
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metamorphis monday @ between naps on the porch



  1. MYLLLS says:

    Thank you for stopping by to share your post on Friday Features, the lantern has caught my eye. Thanks also for the mention above!!
    Hope you enjoy your weekend!

  2. Mary Jo, your blooms are gorgeous! I love bringing the outdoors in as well. I too love yellow, especially with purple. Certainly does say, sunshine! Only my Limelight is large enough to harvest many blooms. All of my other Hydrangeas are still so young. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. thanks for stopping by karren. i love those lanterns too. i have them in all 3 sizes. lol. you know how that goes. xo- mj

  4. thanks for stopping by jann & all your sweet comments as always. yes purple with yellow is beautiful! i have lavendar around my vegetable garden fence & i want to plant yellow daffodil bulbs this fall. hopefully i’ll get to it. the limelight hydrangeas are my favorite! xo- mj

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