Hello everyone, welcome to this month’s market days, where I share whatever flowers are in season and available at the flower market. After last month’s peonies, this month’s focus is on summer flowers.
But maybe I should begin with: hello, is anybody there? After all, it’s finally summer. We have had our first official heat wave, and everyone seems to be getting ready for the great escape. When the weather gets warm, people spend more time outdoors, take time off from work, have long weekend escapes and go on holiday, while watching less television and spending less time online. And that’s a good thing! I hope, you too, are taking some time off, spending time with friends and family and enjoying the outdoors.
Since you are probably not in the mood for any heavy reading, I won’t make this post too long. I have tried to add lots of pretty pictures of summer flowers and I hope you enjoy them.
After the peonies I wrote about last month, I couldn’t think of a flower that really stood out this month. According to the Flower Council Holland, the lily is the first real summer flower. And even though there were plenty of lilies for sale at very reasonable prices, they didn’t fill the flower stalls like the tulips did in February or the peonies did in May.
At the beginning of the month, the market stalls were still filled with peonies, and I did buy a bunch or two. As I wrote last month, peonies can be tricky. They might not open quickly enough for your taste, or even at all.
It seems the double peonies are especially difficult. I had some bad luck with, what looked like, a bunch of beautiful, large, buds. After a week, they were still in bud. I was very disappointed, especially because they looked so promising.
I had my best experience with these single peonies, they opened beautifully and bloomed for almost two weeks.
But why limit yourself to just one flower when summer gives you an abundance of flowers to choose from? What I loved seeing most at the market this last month, were summer flowers best known from the garden, like nigella, Sweet Williams, alchemilla, sweet peas, delphinium, monkshood, stocks, campanula, hydrangea, veronica and even clematis!
I always go for the pinks and purples and don’t they look stunning?
There were lots of hydrangea at the flower market, as cut flowers but also as plants. It’s one of my favourite plants for the garden and I will write a blog post about it another time.
That’s it for this week! I hope to see you back next month when there will be sunflowers on the menu.
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