Market Flower Monday Garden Flower Arrangements

If you are just finding us for the first time, welcome! Every 2nd Monday is Market Flower Monday here at Red Cottage Chronicles.  I showcase a simple arrangement made from flowers from our local Farmer’s Market or grocery store that you can make yourself! 

garden flower arrangements

Do you grow peonies in your garden? Without fail, every single year, as soon as my peonies start to bloom it starts to rain!  Not light rain.  Heavy downpours for 3 days! I wanted today’s Market Flower Monday to focus on garden flower arrangements and I was lucky enough to snip a few pale pink peonies before all was lost.  

Unfortunately not enough to create a nice full arrangement though, so I supplemented with a $5 bunch of gorgeous fuschia coloured peonies. 
Garden Flower Arrangements

In my front yard garden I have planted mostly pink and purple flowers.  With some white daises, because every garden needs daisies! The only things blooming so far are the peonies and the Russian sage.  Soon the hydrangea will be blooming in both pink and purple!

Garden Flower Arrangements

I clipped a bit of Magic Carpet Spirea that hasn’t quite come to bloom yet, but I like the texture it adds.  That is what I love about garden flower arrangements, just use what you have and it will be stunning!

When I am arranging flowers I always shop the house for containers to use as vases.  This time I used a small copper canister that holds our teabags.  It holds water and is just the right size for the small arrangement I made.

garden flower arrangements

garden flower arrangements

We have had the most wonderful first weekend of summer as far as the weather goes.  It was perfect for spending time in the garden.  I dead-headed my window box annuals, and some spring blooming perennials.  

garden flower arrangements

I also had the chance to style a table in my friend’s garden, which I will be sharing with you later this week.  Garden flower arrangements are perfect for such tables.  Simple and relaxed, yet striking as a centrepiece on a garden table.

garden flower arrangements

Garden Flower Arrangements

I don’t want to wish my life away, but I am looking forward to this upcoming three day holiday weekend.  Celebrating Canada Day is always a highlight.  I am just happy that the Mr. is off this weekend.  There are so many activities and events in our area it will be hard to choose just one!

The following weekend a local town is hosting a garden tour.  Fingers crossed the weather will cooperate!

Garden flower arrangements

One things is for sure, I am hoping we can get to the park for a picnic lunch.  There is always shade, a breeze, and it is the perfect way to spend an afternoon! 

Garden Flower Arrangements

 In the meantime, I hope I have inspired you to get out into your garden (or maybe even plant one if haven’t already) and harvest some blooms for your own arrangement. 

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Until next time….

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  1. Beautiful flowers. I buy vegetables in the farmers market, I think they don’t sell flowers around here. I don’t like to buy flowers from far away lands because of the environmental impact, it’ll be wonderful to have access to local flowers like you.

    1. Thank you Loren! I am lucky to live in an area that has many local growers. The selection is always best in the spring and summer of course!

  2. I just love your creative ideas. Farmers Markets and floral warehouses are so fun to buy flowers from. I can almost smell the aroma from here. 🙂
    Thanks for inspiring me.

    1. Hi Linda! I too love mixing home grown and purchased flowers. Sometimes in the peak of summer I am able to harvest enough just to create an arrangement from my garden! I always intend to plant a cutting garden, but we have so few options at our garden centres and I know that starting from seed would be an epic failure!! I have recently read that you can sow perennial seeds in the autumn and they will grow the following spring. I think I will try that this year! There are so many varieties I want to plant, but they aren’t available locally.

  3. Maureen, I hope you are able to save a few more of your peony plants’ gorgeous blooms! We have had rain every week at least once since we moved into our new house here in Texas ~ wonderful for the grass and saving on city water for watering lawns but not so good for flowers. I feel your pain!

    My little peony plants are doing well but are just babies so a long time to go before they bloom. Hoping for next year! 🙂

    Enjoyed seeing your flower arrangement and your garden and home,
    Barb 🙂