One of the most incredible things about gardening is that with a little extra work, you can often grow your own things for a fraction of what they would cost in a store. Living in NYC, I got used to paying incredibly high prices for flowers, both because of the high markup and because of the distance they often traveled to get there. Cut flowers make me so happy that I worked them into my budget as a part of regular life (in exchange for not buying new clothes) and got used to sometimes paying $10-$12 a head for truly special flowers, like giant tree peonies or fritillaria. But now that we live in a rural area and have access to some space to grow, I’ve been making plans for a small cutting garden so I can grow my own flowers and not only save money, but learn something and enjoy the journey of watching them sprout from seeds and tiny plants into full grown beauties.
So for today’s Home Ec, I decided to focus on flowers you can easily grow at home — or even in a window box if you don’t have outdoor space. All you need is a little patience and some dirt and next season you’ll have beautiful flowers you can cut and display at home. xo, grace
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