Pick Your Weeds – Don’t Pull Them Just Yet


It is a great time of year to pick your “weeds” for a joyful bouquet.

Any time of the growing season makes a nice arrangement with wildflowers. Above, from late July and a bit more on the formal side. Below, October 6th looser and informal. Above, Hydrangea leaves (limp in the hot summer weather) are used as filler, and below, Hosta leaves.  Above the QAL is large and full. Below they are much smaller in scale.


The colors of the meadows make me happy, so I brought some home for a little fun today.


Pick some weeds for a pretty arrangement. You can add grass heads, colorful berries, ferns, or add crabapples on picks. Use oasis for a better presentation, or a vase that is not transparent like mine. I just threw these arrangements together, but I hope I gave you some inspiration. Now go pick some weeds! Add a few garden flowers as I have done too.


It is best to pick the wildflowers in their prime, which was a few days ago, but they still make a nice arrangement even a little past prime. Knapweed, abundant last week is done now.

They are displayed on a brick pillar with a cut stone cap, and also on a poplar log stripped of bark. I did bring them inside to see how long the wildflowers last.

When I first brought them into the backyard, the term “beeline” made a lot of sense. City bees were on them in a flash. You might even see a bee or two in the photos, even though I was chasing them away.


Of course when I walk to the meadow, I bring the camera too. This time I brought my tiny collapsible shears.  In the meadow, these guys were all over the boltonia if that what the tiny daisy-like flower is in the one arrangement. Same with fleabane, anything with daisy petals attracted them.

SkipperI was happy to see the pollinators busy at work. It was warm yesterday at 79° and quite humid.


The asters were popular too.


Moth-Lopper-Anagrapha falcifera


Up next, what’s blooming in the garden in an unusual way. Another project. The hydrangea and Hosta leaves are from the garden, but all else is from the meadow.

See last weeks popular posts on native flowers and the benefit of non-natives to pollinators.

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37 Responses to Pick Your Weeds – Don’t Pull Them Just Yet

  1. These are my favorite kind of bouquets! A wonderful Monday morning offering!
    Thank you, Donna!!! 🙂

    • I think they are my favorite too, although I do cut my garden flowers at least twice a year for big arrangements, and daily for little nosegays to have in the kitchen. Besides the color, I like the fragrance, especially the lilacs, lilies not so much. Right now, I have the delphinium in the kitchen.

  2. Beautiful Donna! We can’t have floral bouquets or arrangements in the house on account of my wife’s allergies. I cannot imagine what one of your bouquets above would do to her!

  3. You are so talented! I have some pretty flowering weeds that I had growing in my garden for a long time this year partly because I didn’t have time to weed and partly because they’re pretty. I think I yanked all of them last week. I’ll have to keep this tip in mind. I used to love picking flowers from the fields behind our house when I was a kid.

    • Thank you. I let the weeds grow in my garden at this time of year, but I have pulled them now too. They were getting to where they were ready to go to seed. I like the flowers, but don’t want a crop of them next year. The kid in me is why I pick them too. I was constantly bringing them home to my mom. I think all artists like you have a bit of kid in them.

  4. Lovely informal arrangements of garden (or meadow) grown flowers. I guess you are using the term weed loosely because asters and goldenrods are some of my favorite flowers in my own garden right now—the stars of fall.

    • I too grow aster and goldenrod cultivars and they are waning down for the season. Same in the meadows, but the species (what I was jokingly calling weeds) hang on much longer it seems. You can tell, I love ‘weeds’. It has been so dry up here many of the meadow wildflowers only bloomed for a few days and were done. Today and yesterday, we got some rain. In between rains yesterday, the sun popped out and I walked to the meadow to cut the flowers. I knew with a little rain some would be in bloom.

  5. nutsfortreasure says:

    I love weeds best when in a vase INSIDE

    • I use them in summer on the outside dining table under the umbrella because the bees love them, but I lost the glass top in a storm, so the wildflowers moved inside. They have been inside now for a full day and not one petal has dropped. That is far better than the delphinium I have inside. I use the wildflowers in inside arrangements often with garden flowers, but never took note of their longevity since the arrangements get trashed once the garden flowers go.

      • nutsfortreasure says:

        Yes and I never seem to cut my flowers and bring them in as I am always outside even when making jewelry 🙂

  6. Patrick says:

    Must have forgotten floral artistry is also in your repertoire, my oh so talented friend.

    • Very kind. I had a few classes in my garden club, but I rarely follow the rules I learned. I am always in too much a rush, hence no use of a frog or oasis in a dish… People who do this for a living make such artistic arrangements. I would need lots of practice to come even close.

  7. I love meadows (go figure!) and you have some of my fall favorites in your bouquet! I love the image on the stump!

  8. Lovely post, flower arrangements, and photos. I love the flowers and beasties of the meadows. Have a great week. Blessings, Natalie 🙂

  9. Love wildflowers. Even my “formal” flower beds are planted so haphazard as to look more like an assemblage of wildflowers. Somehow I think the pollinators are more attracted to the flower beds this way. 😉 Thank you for always reminding us of the importance of pollinating insects. Life on Earth would not exist without them.

  10. I love these arrangements. Asters and goldenrod make such a classic combination, in the border or in a vase. Queen Anne’s Lace and dried hydrangea are also among my favorite cut flowers (even if QAL is non-native)! I also really like the way you use the hosta leaves.

  11. ChrisC says:

    Beautiful! I love arrangements from the garden.These days,after all our rain,in Florida,I am totally overwhelmed with weeds.I think it will take me all winter to get caught up.

    • Weeds like it dry too. When all the perennials start to turn up missing, the weeds go gung ho! With our dry weather, it was weed heaven all summer. It is always the weeds one doesn’t want too, crabgrass, plantain, creeping Charlie, bindweed….

  12. Perfect displays of all the beauty you find in nature.

  13. Stephi says:

    Such pretty arrangements! I have the feeling even with the same flowers, mine would not look as pretty 😦

  14. londarmonica says:

    Lovely photos! Thank you for sharing.

  15. dianaed2013 says:

    What a lovely idea – we sometimes forget nature’s garden

  16. Patty says:

    Very cheerful and inspiring for a fall day. Have a great day.

  17. Carolyn says:

    Oh you’re having way too much fun, Donna. Love your “weeds”. but to me a flower is a flower and I’ve never met one I didn’t like… in a bouquet at least.

  18. debsgarden says:

    Gorgeous! There is something so romantic about a bouquet of wildflowers. My heart responds to these types of arrangements far more than to formal, grand arrangements, however more I may admire and ooh and ahh over the latter.

  19. Pat says:

    I love the wild floral arrangements.

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