Cut…cut…cut…bunch…bunch…bunch…  I do a lot of this June through September.  Now is the time of the year to harvest everlastings–those flowers and branches that hold their shape and color by simply air-drying.

 The rafters of our barn home are slowly filling with Larkspur, Baby’s Breath, Tansy, blooming purple Oregano, Peonies, Roses, white and yellow Yarrow, Feverfew, and Lavender.  More will follow–much, much more–like Silver King & Queen, Wormwoods, Chinese Lantern, Bittersweet, Broom Corn, Hops, Love-Lies-Bleeding [Amaranthus], Costmary blooms, and Globe Amaranth [Gomphrena].

I don’t like the tedius cutting and bunching and hanging part of it–but the pay-off is having an abundant supply of natural botanicals for wreaths and potpourri, come Autumn.  That’s when it begins to be FUN!


About Sharon L. Clemens

Sharon and husband Merle and their children owned and operated a specialty shop and restaurant in a restored dairy barn for thirteen years in a village in Illinois. After closing their restaurant, they converted the barn into the family home and moved their shop to the garden level. They operated a collectable shop as a home-based business for another thirteen years before retiring to the country life. Sharon has been a special feature guest on the local NBC telelvision affiliate and has spoken professionally on topics relating to herb gardening and cottage lifestyle. In addition to conducting workshops and programs, Sharon writes a weekly cottage lifestyle e-newsletter called “Cottage Chat” and a Word Press blog: Seasons of Farm Grove. She has written five novels, The Younger Girl, Door County Cottage, Timeless-A Door County Love Story, Door County Cabin and Door County Escape, love stories with traditional values set in Door County, Wisconsin.
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