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Motherís Day isnít the only holiday in May. There also happens to be National Wildflower Week from May 4-10. Go wild with a bouquet of wildflowers. Some wildflowers make great cut flowers.

National Wildflower Week began in 1987. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Texas is sponsor for the event.

The goal is to bring the beauty of wildflowers to the publicís view, and let them know just what a valuable asset these flowers happen to be.

In recent years wildflower gardens have become very popular. A number of these commonly grown wild flowers are ideal as cut flowers or everlastings.

With its fluffy, long lasting blooms, beebalm is an excellent choice. This flower is also prized for its pleasant fragrance. The strong, straight stems are easy to work with, which novice floral designers will appreciate.

You can never go wrong if you choose butterfly weed. The vivid orange blooms are sure to liven up a bouquet.

Coreopsis is a very popular wildflower. This daisy-shaped flower in hot-colors is always a good choice.

Columbines prefer shade, so theyíre grown in shady woodland gardens. Because these flowers are so unusual, make them the focal point of your arrangement.

In the fall, gather armloads of goldenrods for long-lasting bouquets. Forget about allergies. Despite what you might have heard, goldenrods donít cause hay fever. For a seasonal arrangement, combine them with purple or blue, fall-blooming wild asters.

Purple coneflowers are one of the most commonly grown wildflowers. From late summer on we can count on this plant to produce lots of long-lasting blooms. In spite of the name, the flowers are more pink than purple.

There are many kinds of black-eyed susans. Some are annuals, while others are perennials. The petals are usually solid yellow.

Texas is known for its bluebonnets, a kind of wildflower. These are lovely for bouquets.

When you need daisy-like flowers, the wildflower garden is the place to find them. Cosmos is among those. The blooms may be white, pink, or rose. They are also available as bicolors. Because the stems can be thin, they may require wiring. The delicate, feathery foliage adds a touch of softness to a floral design. Thereís also the blanket flower, also known as gaillardia. This summer-blooming daisy is in rich tones of yellow, orange, and red.

The flower form or shape is an important consideration. Normally one uses a combination of shapes in an arrangement. Thatís where the bishopís flower comes in handy. Its white blooms occur as rounded, flat heads. They open from spring through the summer.

Celebrate National Wildflower Week with a bouquet of lovely spring wildflowers.




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