Cutting gardens supply season's worth of bouquets

In acting, you have players and you have props. "Props" is a shortened form of the old word "properties," dating back to 15 century theatrical plays. Today, instead of plays we have television, and if television seems trivial it helps to find television trivia.

Superstition or simple pranks often require certain items to be displayed in each television show. Roseanne Barr's husband Tom Arnold hated her favorite 'Egg and Chicken' t-shirt, so after their divorce she made sure the shirt appeared in every episode of Roseanne, whether it was worn by a cast member or framed and hung on a wall.

Every episode of Seinfeld has a Superman somewhere. And in every episode of the TV show "Just Shoot Me" there is a new bouquet of flowers on Jack Gallo's office window.

Bouquets of flowers seem to strike us as somehow frivolous or fancy, rather than ordinary. Many gardeners love cut flowers so much that they plant a separate "cutting garden" to provide cut flowers without destroying careful landscapes. Best of all, many cutting flowers are hardy, easy to grow and can be inexpensively started from seeds.

Choose a planting site with well-drained soil, in full sun with easy access to water.

For best results, work organic matter such as compost or aged manure, into the soil. Because you won't be concerned with how the plants look in the garden you can plant your cutting flowers in straight rows for easier harvesting. Cutting blossoms encourages them to grow even more blooms.

Choose flowers such as zinnias. The zinnia is easy to grow, and very hardy

annual that comes in a vivid array of colors including reds, orange, pink, white and yellow. There are even striped zinnias such as "Candy Cane" and big spiky cactus flowered zinnias. You can dry zinnia flowers by placing them between books.

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