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We're still on narcissus, but not for long....

Congratulations on the book, it looks wonderful! I am currently most excited about peony tulips.

Yellow tulips ... and what a great idea for a book. Passing this link along to my garden editor friend.

The scarlet amaryllis having finally faded and the many hydrangeas still a week or two away from starting their full glory, I'm left with the perfectly lovely Rosa "Louis Phillipe", some sweet woodland phlox (P. divaricata), and the white cemetery iris (I. albicans), which has established some clumps 6'x 8' out by the little 19th Century family graveyard near the live oaks. Maybe I'll just put a handful of each in an old milk bottle and leave them to just be their gorgeous selves.

I had been entertaining thoughts of trying one of those elaborate, good ju-ju incantations to get the troll’s attention, and had been going over the particular steps, again and again in my head.

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The camassia quamash is just started to open its buds, the perfect time for picking this beautiful flower with a good vase life. I would love to win this book as I started a locally field-grown cut flower business two years ago when a friend told a restaurant that I grew flowers more beautiful than they were buying wholesale. The feedback from the customers is great. When I delivered bleeding hearts this week, one customer said she came in every week just to see what flowers were delivered. It's now time to expand and this book seems aligned with my business model.

daffodils .... lovely spring daffodils. can't help but smile whenever i see them.

With the crazy warm weather here in New York, the dogwoods are starting to bloom! I love just a branch or two of dogwood in a vase - I'm not that talented at doing the whole Japanese arranging thing, but dogwoods and a Japanese vase make it easy!

The daffodils on the north side of the house started blooming a few days ago. The crabapple tree in the front yard is right on the verge. And the dandelions and violets make the lawn beautiful.

Would love to win a copy of book, a new-bee in the garden world. Everyday I am starting my work day drinking my green tea and reading Garden Rant at work. Have a great day ALL.

I counted last Sunday and we had 46 species and 58 varieties of flowers in bloom on our little urban lot in Madison, WI. The Tulipa linifolia and Tulipa clusiana are beautiful but I wouldn't want to put them in a vase. The great white trillium can't be picked without killing the plant and the Virginia bluebells don't last. We have bleeding hearts and hybrid tulips in a vase at the moment. I think I'll pick a little bouquet of pansies. They wintered over from last fall and are blooming merrily away. They will brighten the shelf by the sink in the kitchen.

I have many different kinds of daffodils, and the epimediums have popped open. But the crowning glory right now is the white trout lilies that I splurged on last year at $5.00 a bulb. They are not getting picked.

Thank you for sticking with your dream of seeing this important and beautiful book to publication. I am reading it now and LOVING it.

The violas blooming like crazy that my two boys helped plant this weekend. They are so proud (as am I)!

my old fashioned roses have started blooming and they smell wonderful. The smell of Tipsy Imperial Concubine is wonderful and makes a good cut flower. Also irises. lots and lots of them.

Everything is early this year here in upstate NY. I have narcissus, hellebores, epimediums, magnolia, amelanchier, grape hyacinths and plum trees all in bloom or about to be.

As I look outside, I think a combination of Helen Jane's rose (a passalong from a friend's mother's garden) and the foliage of larkspur would make a great study in texture and color.

I actually have many a bouquet of foliage! In my kitchen there lies; Tansy, Nepeta, Lysimachia "aurea", and a sprig from a fallen Sentinel Pine... Flowers included are pinched off Arugula and what's left of my white Muscari. It's quite stunning. Definitely a blend of great textures and colors.
In other areas of my house it's butterfly bush cuttings rooting in water. I consider my experiments to be proper for vases for decoration. Doesn't help that my sense of 'proper' is quite askew. ♥

My azaleas are blooming, and my roses are just starting....

What a great book idea! And a good book back-story too.

In my garden right now are blooming a row of young black cherry trees. Some didn't fare too well in last year's October snowstorm, and need pruning. Into the house the pruned branches will go, to snow petals on the tablecloth!

Hydrangeas are just starting to bloom ... once a few more start to open, they will start to go into vases.

Since we are still landscaping the yard, little is actually planted that could bloom, but we do have some weeds blooming! Don't think that they would look good in a vase ...

I will have to add fresh cut flowers to sell at the Roadside Possum Stand - Mountain Medicinals and Curios, that will supplement my meager SS check in my decrepitude.

This is not what you want to hear, but I prefer flowers on their own roots, so I have fabulous plants blooming in pots. However, I am a big fan of the troll and April Fool's Day. My best friend was born on 4/1 and I met my husband on April Fool's Day.

This book sounds terrific! Has been on my wishlist since I first heard of it. Right now, I would have to say apple blossoms...the trees in our old orchard are full out open and beautiful! I had apple blossoms and lilacs from our farm for my wedding bouquet and it is still my favorite combo.

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