My very favorite hostess gift is a big or small cut mixed bouquet of flowers, herbs, and greens from my perennial gardens.  Depending on the season, and the host’s or hostess’s personality, and of course, what’s blooming or thriving determine’s what I put together, and using a simple glass cylinder works for all. Stocking up on inexpensive glass cylinders in a variety of sizes (you can find these at a place like HomeGoods) is a good idea, this way you’ll always be prepared.

This pretty bouquet for my dear friend, Bernadette, is made up of various colored hydrangea (white, pink, lavender, and green), mint, butterfly bush, coneflowers, daisies, aster, zinnia, and Rose of Sharon. This color palette reminds me of her…very pretty and sweet!

This is just another reason why I love growing my gardens.

Happy gardening!

Love, Nora


  1. Vicki Vadas on August 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm


  2. June Fisher on August 20, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Nora, How lovely. It may be me but it’s impossible to see this beauty in full because of the header. Am I missing something?
    Love everything you do,

  3. Cindy L on August 21, 2017 at 7:15 am

    That is also my favorite hostess gift to receive! I host my family’s dinners and one of my sisters-in-law always brings me the most beautiful vase of fresh-cut flowers from her gardens. Beautiful!

  4. joanne meier on August 21, 2017 at 11:54 am


    Beautiful, love everything you do.


  5. butchieskb on August 21, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    These pictures are masterpieces, I thank you so very much for brightening my day! Bless you❤️

  6. Barbara Bradham on August 21, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Love this idea. May I add one more thought, buy your vases at a local Charity Thrift Store. They usually have several and are a great deal. That way, you do double good. One for the charity and one for your friend. Thank you for this great idea.

    • Nora on August 21, 2017 at 4:05 pm

      I love this idea…..thank you Barbara!

  7. Dd on August 21, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Would love to see an issue of your various gardens in detail.

  8. JaneEllen on August 22, 2017 at 1:57 am

    What a very lucky friend and hostess. Your bouquet for her is gorgeous, love all the colors and softness of bouquet. Your garden is just incredible.
    Happy week

  9. Marcia on August 24, 2017 at 6:53 am

    Love this idea , thanks for sharing.

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