Cut Flowers for Wellness
One of the best ways to add a layer of wellness inside your house is with cut flowers from your garden — the scents are lovely, the colors lively and the forms intoxicating.
I spotted these flowers at the Moss Mountain Farm of P. Allen Smith. I’ve been honored to be a guest at his lovely home and farm for a number of years now, and I never tire of the stunning touches he adds to his interior spaces. If you have the room, display a collection of clear glass containers and vases on your kitchen island and add soaring stems, buds, flowers and seed heads to them.
These flowers were popped into a silvery vase in a bathroom.
And these were displayed in a tiny bud vase on a dining room table.
Add cut flowers to a display with charming topiaries and little urns of fruit.
In my book, The Cancer Survivor’s Garden Companion, I recommend bringing cut flowers inside particularly when you are ill and can’t get out to garden like you normally would. If you are going through cancer treatment, know that chemotherapy can alter your sense of smell and taste, so use heavily scented flowers with caution — or opt for only lightly scented ones. If you know someone who is ill or going through treatment, be aware of these issues before you bring or send flowers to them.
I don’t have a cut flower garden, but I aim to. Until then, I do have some Knockout roses that I enjoy cutting, and I combine them with cuttings of my bamboo muhly grass — I love the textures and colors together. What is your favorite cutting flower? Do you have a cut flower garden?