I mix these with my yarrow, which also dries beautifully, and use them in my fall wreaths.
Some suggested cultivars include:
The seeds are widely available, and last summer I saw the plants at several local garden centers. Here are some online sources:
I've found a really neat new tool in the flower-arranging arsenal: flower floats. These cork rings hold flowers like magnolias and camellias up in a bowl of water so they won't tip or sink. A package of four rings in various sizes is $5.75 and they are reusable. Visit www.shoptgw.com.
Lynda Grass, in a column in the Charleston Rose Society's newsletter, Ramblin' Rose, gives this tip to fight powdery mildew on rosebushes:
"We've had a number of foggy mornings of late, and have already noticed powdery mildew on some of our bushes. ... Steven has had good luck with what he calls 'Monica's potion' of 1 tablespoon baking soda, 1 tablespoon Crisco oil, and 1 tablespoon Dawn dishwashing liquid in 1 gallon of water. Spray on affected areas and, like magic, the powdery mildew will disappear. Monica Valentovic shared that concoction in Huntington's newsletter, The Thorny Bush, last year and it really works."
Reach Sara Busse at sara.bu...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-1249.