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Summer Arrangement with Wildflowers, Herbs, and Citrus

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement Using Wildflower Herbs and Citrus | CreativeCainCabin.comI was scurrying around getting our guest cottage ready for the summer, my Mom and Dad were on their way from Florida. I made a batch of egg salad and cut up some fruit to put in the refrigerator. I knew after all that driving they would want a quick bite to eat before they dropped into bed. 

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement Using Wildflower Herbs and Citrus | CreativeCainCabin.comAnd at the last minute I decided they needed a batch of fresh flowers in the house, to welcome them. Well no time to run to the store so I decided to make do with what was close. Luckily in Michigan something wild is growing in the roadside ditch all summer long, I never have to purchase flowers. 

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement Using Wildflower Herbs and Citrus | CreativeCainCabin.comI hopped in my Jeep and drove out to the road where I could cut the flox that grow wild, back to my herb garden to cut mint springs, and into the kitchen to slice some lemons. I used two parfait bowls in different sizes and nested them, placing the lemon slices between the two bowls. 

DIY Summer Flower Arrangement Using Wildflower Herbs and Citrus | CreativeCainCabin.comLoaded it in my vehicle and drove it to the guest house. While it was closed up inside the Jeep I could smell the mix of mint and lemon, it smelled so nice together. I had it placed on the side table before they got home, and was delighted I decided to go to the extra work. Whew what a whirlwind kind of day. I think I went 100 MPH to get everything just perfect, now I can relax and enjoy their company for the summer. 


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  1. Lovely wild arrangement. I just learned lately that the blooms we see now are Dames Rocket and not wild phlox, which we all call them. Dames rocket has 4 petals and phlox has 5. Phlox blooms later in the summer, and there I thought it was a second round of blooms. Enjoy the visit with your mom and dad.

    1. Linda, I never knew that I will have to read on it. Yes my phlox in the garden beds bloom later. Thanks for the correction 🙂

    1. Thank you Windi it will be a short 2 month visit that’s for sure.

  2. Dawn, that is so pretty and thoughtful and I’m sure your parents appreciated that after their travels.

    1. Kim, yes my Mom noticed them right away and they smell so lovely.

  3. Very pretty. The yellow lemons are a pretty contrast to the purple floWets. Enjoy your time with your parents.

    1. Thank you Becky, it’s so nice to have my parents right on the property I see them every day.

  4. I love this idea.

    We always have lemons because our neighbors have lemon trees.

    This will be a today project.

    1. Carol, perfect go get some lemons and make an arrangement.

  5. How fortunate you are to still have your parents. The floral lemon arrangement is stunning!! I don’t have wild Phlox to pick but I do have the mint and lemon and since I’m in no hurry, I just might go out and buy some to create a similar arrangement. Great job! 🙂

    1. Bev, you can use any flower you can find. I just happened to like the purple, green, and yellow combination.

  6. What a lovely arrangement. Enjoy your visit with your parents.

    1. Michele, thank you so much. I love having them near.

  7. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    Yes..that is Dames Rocket..which I learned last year from Claudia..so pretty with the bright yellow lemons..Welcome to your parents..may you all have a wonderful Summer together!!!

    1. Nancy thanks for the info, I went out and counted and yes it is a 4 petal flower which makes all the differenc.

  8. Very pretty arrangement and very thoughtful of you! You are so fortunate to still have your parents so enjoy every minute with them.

    1. They spend every summer in our guest home and it’s right on the property so I see them every day. They come for dinner and we sit on the porch talking and swinging.

  9. What a lovely arrangement, Dawn! You are so lucky to have things growing in ditches where you live, including asparagus! All I ever see in ditches are WEEDS! However, along the roads where there are fences, trumpet vines grow rampant. We have one in our yard that is growing on an old clothesline pole, which makes a great support for it. Love the lemons in your arrangement. To me, they say summer! Enjoy your time with your parents!

    1. Jane, yes we are about done with the asparagus this year. I think hubby just brought back the last batch. We plant trumpet vines here too but they don’t grow wild.

  10. What a gorgeous combination, Dawn! What a sweet thing to do for your parents. I bet they loved the arrangement and the smell!

    1. Yvonne, the arrangement is still making the place smell lovely 🙂

    1. Shirley, do a post with it I can’t wait to see 🙂

  11. This is most beautiful, Dawndie! Leave it up to you to make pretty – always! Thanks for your advice.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    1. Thank you Shelia, it turned out so nice 🙂

  12. That is simply gorgeous Dawn! I love phlox and the lemons are so pretty inside the vase.

  13. What a beautiful sentiment for your mom and dad. I’m sure the fragrance when they walked into your guest cabin was delicious, and delightful to their senses. Enjoy every minute. Journal some of your conversations. You’ll so appreciate those memories later.

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