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Quote of the Day: Anais Nin

April 24th, 2011

“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.”

~ Anais Nin

I found this little beauty laying in the flowerbed yesterday where a mole or something had chewed through it’s stem. I figured it would perfect in my windowsill.

I don’t pick a ton of flowers from the garden to bring indoors, I never want to take them out of the garden. I’m hoping that with my new garden area I’ll be able to add more flowers just for cutting. I’ve always wanted to have a dedicated cutting garden and in a few years my dreams may come true!

Do you cut flowers often to bring inside?

19 Comments to “Quote of the Day: Anais Nin”
  1. Mich on April 24, 2011 at 5:49 am

    I love having cut flowers in the house but I hate cutting from the flower border….. Instead I have dedicated an area in one of my veg plots for growing cut flowers; rangin from bulbs, perenials, annuals to tender plants. :)

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  2. kristin @ going country on April 24, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Not really, but the MiL does the flowers for her church, which means that she cuts random flowers from our property to make a bouquet that she then brings home with her on Sunday after the service. So we always have at least one big seasonal arrangement in the living room. Nice.

    Happy Easter, Susy.

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  3. Jaye Whitney on April 24, 2011 at 7:33 am

    Yes! I grow Zinnia’s specifically for cutting. They are my favorite summer flower and really do well being cut. They are SO cheerful and colorful that I can’t resist :) I’ve planted eight varieties for this summer – can’t wait!

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  4. Emily Jenkins on April 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    We have a huge bed at the base of our yard that I planted as a native perennial (and a few cultivars of natives) meadow a few years ago with the intention of them naturalizing.

    They’re doing well so far, and because they’re such an unruly bunch of wildflowers I tend to use them for cutting so we get blooms all season. This spring I need to make sure I get all of the thistle out of that bed before they get established though!

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  5. The Sage Butterfly on April 24, 2011 at 9:15 am

    Like you, I often do not want to take the flowers from my beds. However, I am in the process of creating a cutting garden so I will have plenty to cut without affecting the beauty of the beds. That is a lovely photo of your tulip.

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  6. farmgal on April 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

    I don’t have a cutting garden and I don’t have many flowers just for the sake of flowers yet, I am planning on adding a few more this year but I do have about 1/2 acre in wild flowers and fruit tree’s, We cut paths thoughout the area and around the tree’s but let the rest go wild and in there, I go out weekly and cut wild flowers/grass’s to go on the table.

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  7. Misti on April 24, 2011 at 11:39 am

    I too have a hard time cutting flowers!

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  8. KimH on April 24, 2011 at 12:24 pm

    Love your photo.. ♥ I dont have a cutting garden, but I do have a little mostly wild sanctuary for a back yard that I’ll occasionally pick a few flowers from and display much ilke the one in your photo.
    I tend to prefer one to five flowers in a small vase or jar as opposed to a more generous bouquet.. Generally, the more simple it is, the better in my opinion.

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  9. Katrina on April 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm


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  10. Tasha @ Voracious on April 24, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Such a lovely photo – and a gorgeous flower! I love that buttery, sunny color.

    Our front yard, in fact the entire compound we live on, is overrun with the most luscious flowers imaginable. Bouganvillea are absolutely everywhere, jasmine, roses, petunias, geraniums, oleanders, etc. But I rarely bring fresh flowers inside, I think my cat might try to knock them all over the place!

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  11. goatpod2 on April 24, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    I don’t cut flowers but my sister has when she was still here at home!


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  12. Melissa on April 24, 2011 at 1:45 pm

    A friend brought me some beautiful pink roses from her garden this morning when they came over for Easter Brunch! I’m hoping for a cutting garden one of these days. For now, I’ve just been tucking flowers in wherever I can in the hopes of maybe having a few to cut and bring inside!

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  13. Lucy on April 24, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    There are so many different little insects that get nectar from the flowers that I have a hard time cutting many…unless they are for someone else…the few times we have had cut flowers inside, the cats rearrange and carry some off ….sigh

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  14. SixBalloons on April 24, 2011 at 4:04 pm

    I love having some flowers in the garden like tulips and hydrangeas, but it does pain me to cut them!

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  15. MAYBELLINE on April 24, 2011 at 5:08 pm

    Not often but whenever I remember.
    Today = sweet peas and roses.

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  16. Kathi on April 24, 2011 at 7:34 pm

    Love to have flowers in the house all the time. I also supplement my flowers with roadside “weeds” daisies,tiger lilies,queen annes lace. Even as a girl I would beg my parents to pull the car over so I could pick flowers for the house if I saw any growing wild on the side of the road. Now I enjoy making arrangements that include herbs (sage,parsley) along with the flowers. Beatiful tulip!

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  17. Sincerely, Emily on April 24, 2011 at 9:05 pm

    Many years ago, I used to cut flowers a lot and bring them in. I have planted several flowers this year in hopes of doing that again. I do bring sprigs of herbs in quite often. I love the scent of them. Rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, oregano. I also like mixing herbs w/flowers. Happy Easter. Emily

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  18. bonnie on April 24, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    pansies in the little glass bottles syrup is served in at one of the restaurants we go to; azaleas make surprisingly good cut flowers; right now a huge bouquet of snowball bush (viburnum opulus); a single bloom from a Knock-out rose.

    I have before forced sassafrass as well as forsythia. Daffodils would be lovely but they make my son sniffle.

    daisies; oriental lilies with ferns

    recently I put a sprig of jessamine with a sprig of greenery from the Leyland cypress; I like experimenting with greenery such as Eastern red cedar with pinks

    black haw blossoms with Leyland cypress sprigs

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  19. Heather on April 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

    I love this quote! I absolutely LOVE to bring flowers indoors. I rent so I don’t have a ton of gardening spaces but over the years I’ve tucked quite a few blooming beauties in and around so that I can cut a bloom or two to bring in. So often the things blooming outside can’t be appreciated as well as when they are right in your home. I use to have a CSA membership that included a cut flower share and I LOVED that!

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