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GROW YOUR OWN BOUQUET
By Alex Berkowitz
When we think of getting a
bouquet of flowers our thoughts
normally turn to going to a florist
or a corner deli to pick up a pre-
made arrangement that may or
may not have our favorite flow-
ers. They tend to be pricey so we
wind up only enjoying flowers
on special occasions. This sum-
mer is going to change all that
because with my tips and tricks
for growing beautiful flowers
for cuttings, you’ll be growing
and designing your own flower
arrangements throughout the
summer into fall.
My first piece of advice is that
you don’t have to have a sepa-
rate space to grow your flowers.
In fact, your garden looks best
when flowers that are intended
for cutting are mixed in with the
rest of the landscaping. Second-
ly, let yourself get creative with
what you already have growing
in your garden. Just because it’s
not a flower doesn’tmean it can’t
be used in a bouquet. Small tree
branches, stems cut from a holly
or forsythia shrubmake great fill-
ers, as do larger hosta leaves. For
a special occasion or entertain-
ing, add fullness by mixing store
bought flowers with ones that
have been fresh picked from the
garden to give a personal touch
to a centerpiece.
Wedding season is upon us,
on what better way to add a
personal touch to a bouquet or
boutonniere than to use flowers
that you’ve grown for the occa-
sion? When growing for a spe-
cific event, I would recommend
choosing one to three types of
flowers to grow, and of course
make sure that their bloom time
coincides with the event date.
That said, youdon’t needa spe-
cial event to make an arrange-
ment. A few flowers in a bud vase
near the kitchen sink will bright-
en your mood. A casual arrange-
ment on the dining table will add
simple beauty and enjoyment
during meals. A singular rose on
a side table or bathroom sink is
effortlessly elegant. Flowers ele-
vate our moods so spread them
around!
The following are some of the
flowers that I recommend for
cuttings that can be easily grown
in our Rockaway soil:
Seed Form: Bells of Ireland,
Snapdragon, Zinnias, Celosia,
Cosmos, and branching Sun-
flowers.
Bulbs Form: Oriental Lilies,
Gladiolas, Dahlias and Elephant
Ears.
Herbs: Lavender, Mint, Basil
and Rosemary.
Perennials: Echinacea, Black
Eyed Susan, Salvia, Delphinium,
Phlox and Ornamental Grasses.
Woodies: Hydrangeas, Crape
Myrtle and Peonies.
The threat of frost seems to be
over (everything is blooming two
weeks ahead of schedule!), so we
can start planting our seeds and
flower bulbs in the ground. Peo-
nies also need to be planted very
soon as they bloom in June. Per-
ennials can be planted all sum-
mer long and bloom until frost.
Herbs like lavender and basil
like the hot weather, so I would
recommend holding off plant-
ing them until May 15th. When
planting annuals, you may find
some in the markets that grow
taller, like coleus. Experiment
with different styles and tex-
tures of plants and you won’t go
wrong. When you’re cutting your
flowers, make sure to cut in the
morning before the heat of the
sun. Place the stems in water im-
mediately to avoid wilt.
When choosing your flowers
to grow and designing arrange-
ments, remember there are no
wrong choices or styles. Have fun
and let your personality shine!
Alex is the Founder and Land-
scapeDesigner forSungoldDesign
Group, LLC a landscape design
and installation firm in Rocka-
way Beach & NYC. Her website is
www.sungolddesign.comand can
be reached at 718-551-6333.
ByArtieWallace
No matter if it is a couple of glass
panes on a door, a vase you want to
decorate or some other glass item
youwant togive that personal touch,
addingastainedglasslookcanbejust
theprojectyou’relookingfor.
Stained glass in itself is an art,
but you don’t have to master the
art to get the same look.
Just follow these easy steps.
Most items needed can be found
at any craft store.
First
: Decide on a design. You
can either sketch your design on
paper or recreate a design (or im-
age). Your design should be big
enough to cover your glass (or fit
onto the glass as desired).
Second
: Clean your glass thor-
oughly using alcohol and allow to
dry fully. Any moisture remaining
on your glass could affect the way
your creation turns out.
Third
: For windows, tape your
design to the side of the glass
you’renot going topaint. For vases
andnon-flat surfacesyouwillneed
to sketch your design on the glass
using a permanent marker (on the
sideof your painting).
Fourth
: Using Liquid Lead (it
comes in a squeeze bottle), carefully
tracetheoutlineofyourdesign.Using
a hair dryer, partially dry the Liquid
Leadthenallowtofullydryovernight.
Fifth
: Using Acrylic Enamel Paint,
paintbetweenthe leadlines tocreate
yourdesign.Usingatranslucentcolor
paintwillallowlight toshowthrough.
Remember Acrylic paint holds tex-
ture, so toget adeeper color apply in
layers and keep brush strokes in the
patternyou’relookingtocreate.
Sixth
: After the original painting is
completeandfullydried, applyaddi-
tional layeringasneeded/desired.
Seventh
: Apply a clear coat
(comes in a spray can) to pre-
serve your creation.
Eighth: This is themost important
step… Take a photo of your creation
andemail ittotheaddressbelow.
If you have ideas for future
DIYer articles, email me at rock-
timesdiy@gmail.com
Stained
Glass Look