Cut Flower Garden 2022

I'm so not ready for it, but sadly, the growing season in Michigan is coming to an end. As you know, gardening and flowers are two of my favorite things! It was so nice to be outside this summer and watch everything grow. I wouldn't say it was my best cut flower garden year (I remember producing a lot more last year), but it was great, nonetheless. Any amount of flowers are better than none!

From the peonies in June...





To the cut flower garden that bloomed from late July-October... (but look how they started when I planted them in late May!)


Here's how it looks now... (well, as of 3 weeks ago when these pictures were taken!)



I've also been so happy with how my roses did this year. I got this new rose bush called Angel Face in the spring and it did amazingly well!



These are Asters and behind that, cosmos (which bloomed incredibly late, but are doing well!)

Here's the scabiosa and phlox...


Lots of pretty zinnia!




The hydrangeas also did really well! I'm excited to see all the pretty colors they'll turn next year. 

 

I had a couple pots on our deck filled with this dainty Euphorbia, alyssum and Vinca.


Things I'm going to do differently in my cut garden next year:


+ I realized I can pack a lot more plants in my small patch, so I'm going to hope to double the amount of flowers I plant next year
+ fertilize more often (I didn't even realize I should do this until last month ha!) 
+ I love zinnias and I did a ton of them this year, but I would have loved to have more of other varieties. I really want to get more snap dragons, phlox (in different colors, this year mine were super bright which was fun, but I'd love to have a more subtle color as well), asters, scabiosa, globe amaranth, and strawflower.
+ Next year I'd love to try to grow some greens/filler varieties. Maybe lemon basil and some snow on the mountain.


I'm already excited for gardening in 2023! Before the cut garden though, I'm hoping to produce a lot of spring bulb flowers by growing them in different pots of the winter. I'd love to put the pots on our porch in the spring and have them exploding with hyacinth, daffodils and tulips! We'll see how it goes ;)

Thanks for following along in all my flower adventures.

xoxo



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End of Summer Lemon Party

Last week I hosted an end-of-summer party in our backyard and it was so fun, I just have to tell you about it in case you want to throw your own. It's not too late, you know! Summer doesn't officially end until September 21st ;) (Yes, I'm one of those who protests fall until October 1st!)  I love any excuse to gather, celebrate, create beauty, and see friends, so this just thrilled my heart to put together. I wanted to have a bit of a theme, so I thought "what's more summery than lemon?!" 

Almost every food item at the party had a hint of lemon, and it just made it that much more festive and fun. We did apps, a full dinner and desserts. I asked some of my friends to bring apps or desserts so I could focus on the main course, and it worked out perfectly. I'll go through the menu throughout the post!

To start, I sent out an evite with the details and asked for the guests to let me know if they could bring a lemon-themed app or dessert. In the invitation, I also told my friends to wear their favorite summer dress! Such an easy way to make the evening feel even more special :)

Oh, and here's the playlist I used for the party. It was perfect in every way. If you know Nancy Myers movies, then you just know!

THE LEMONADE BAR


One thing I knew right away I wanted to do was create a lemonade bar. We had an ice bucket full of other drinks, in addition to a few wine choices, but this lemonade bar was the true favorite! I had pink and regular lemonade, then 3 garnishes of mint, muddled blueberries and raspberries. What summer party is complete without a signature cocktail?! Enter the Limoncello Spritz!

If guests wanted to, they could add prosecco and club soda to their lemonade to make a little cocktail. It was so delicious and summery! I love making sure there's an interactive element at any party. It gives people something direct to do and makes things feel more celebratory. 



DINING ALFRESCO

We ate in our backyard, so I really wanted to make it feel extra special and elevated. We strung up more twinkle lights, then set up two 6' tables with inexpensive white, floor length linens and yellow colored runners. Then I borrowed all the tabletop dishes and glassware from a friend who is an amazing thrifter! Her basement is like a treasure trove of every dish you could ever need. I knew I wanted to mix blue chinoiserie dishes with the yellow runner. I added napkins, candles, mix matched amber glasses and I just love the way it all played so well together! It felt very Santorini ;)

I am so thankful to have a couple friends with gorgeous flower gardens, so I grabbed all my flowers from them! 










THE MENU


For appetizers, we enjoyed homemade bruschetta with lemon basil and a charcuterie complete with a lemon-feta dip that truly was a hit!

For dinner, we served cilantro-citrus chicken skewers with veggies, a subtle lemon garlic couscous, salad with apples, raisins, parmesan cheese and a lemon dressing, fruit salad and of course, homemade sourdough bread ;)









Dessert was also delicious! Friends brought lemon bars, brownies, scotcheroos (if you've never heard of them, you must try them!) and a dutch almond cake topped with strawberries. It was the perfect assortment! 



So grateful for all these sweet friends and neighbors!



Here's your nudge to throw a party for the heck of it! Sometimes you just need to do something fun for no reason at all, especially in the midst of hard seasons, like it has been for us. It was the best evening and it may just become a new summer tradition!






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Coastal Farmhouse Guest Bedroom Reveal

Today I'm giving you a peek at my parent's guest bedroom (aka our room, when we visit!) To remind you, we went for a "coastal farmhouse" style for my parent's home and this room already had tongue and groove ceilings, so it leant itself nicely to that style right away! All sources I can link to are at the bottom of the post.

We started with a coastal bedroom, layered with luxurious blue and white bedding (you know it's my favorite!) and were able to use our previously owned nightstands. I can't believe they fit so well-- you can see we had a very small space to work with there!





We happened to find this sitting chair while out shopping one day and so my mom and I stuffed it in her car and were so happy it worked in the bedroom!



This neutral jute-blend rug is perfect for that coastal style while giving you a soft place for your feet to land getting out of bed. It truly is soft, which a lot of jute rugs are not.


We got this gorgeous dresser for the other side of the room so guests have a good amount of storage when they come. The distressed look fit the style we were going for so well. 



I love the natural light and tall ceilings in this room. It's just so serene and lovely!


SOURCES | bedding / accent pillow / bed frame & headboard / dresser / rug 
Paint: Stonington Gray at 75%


It's always a treat to stay here! My mom is such a great hostess, always adding special touches, like fresh flowers, to the room when I visit.

xoxo


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