Most children don't have to be sold on the idea that a bouquet is a desirable possession. They love to pick flowers. Unfortunately the flowers they covet usually belong to someone else, and they are always meeting with rebuffs and admonitions. With a garden of his very own this childhood frustration can be vanquished. Here a child can have his own wealth of blossoms, to pick as he likes. And when they belong to him he will soon understand why flowers are not to be snatched off willynilly in a burst of excitement.
For a special cutting garden for a youngster, single out Bowers that are heavy bloomers, so he may have his bouquets and his garden display, too. Make sure, also, that they are all flowers that last well when cut. Pansy, nasturtium, marigold, zinnia, sweet William, cosmos, calliopsis, annual chrysanthemum, nicotiana, larkspur and many other common flowers fit both of these specifications.
Little girls in particular will be enamoured of flowers that will make doll-sized bouquets. There are many miniature flowers suitable for the tiniest arrangements. Baby roses have blossoms tiny enough to put in a thimble vase. Linaria (Fairy Bouquet snapdragon), Signet marigolds, Imp violets, Pixie pansies, forget-me-nots, baby's breath, lobelia and sanvitalia are all good choices. Almost perfection is the Dahlberg daisy (Thymophylla tenuiloba), with the minutest of yellow flowers and fine-cut feathery foliage. The nickname "dollhouse daisy" bestowed upon it by one little girl is beautifully appropriate. Remember also that many cluster flower heads-larkspur, sweet William, some dianthus, ageratum, phlox, rambler roses, buddleia and many others-may be dismantled into single florets for use as individual flowers in miniature arrangements.
Tiny vases are often available at dime stores, and many little containers can be garnered from a child's doll tea set. You will often find suitable little containers among your own things, too. Salt dishes, ashtrays, nut dishes, after-dinner coffee cups, liqueur glasses, and tiny perfume bottles will serve very well.
FOR WINTER ARRANGEMENTS
For winter bouquets children can grow a wide range of attractive everlasting flowers. Many separate varieties are listed in catalogs, and some seedsmen put out packets containing quite comprehensive assortments.
A number of flowers not classed as "everlasting" may also be dried very successfully. Delphinium and larkspur keep their colors beautifully, and so do golden ageratum (Lonas inodora), Achillea taygetea, globe thistles, tansy and cacalia, the paintbrush flower.
Very decorative seed pods for winter arrangements come
from such plants as honesty (Lunaria), Chinese lanterns, baptisia, and Job's tears.