And this is why ...it pays me back tenfold ....
I have flowers in my 'cutting' garden and flowers just for show ...so I can cut the flowers without taking anything away from the beauty of the garden
And today I cut these glorious Gladioli ...never knowing what color they will produce
The pink one with the deeper pink inside is a new one for this year ...I have never seen them produce this color
The bushes are so large it does not harm the beauty by cutting one or two now and again
I will have Hydrangea's to pick all Summer long
And they also dry very well ..
Hang them upside down in a dark basement, room or closet
You can also buy a 'floral' spray paint from Michaels craft store to get the right color to match your home decor
I use scraps of fabric cut in to small ribbons to tie up my flowers, vegetables etc
It looks pretty and is much more gentle on the plant
Haven't got any spare fabric !! go and buy some from the thrift store
You can cut up old curtains, dresses, tablecloths etc.
Gladioli love sun, sun/shade ....
Go and buy some bulbs ..I think they are available in the Autumn or perhaps early spring