Entertaining this weekend? Save your hard earned cash for the food; no need to buy flowers, too. The abundance of herbs in the garden at this time of year makes it very easy to come up with a suitable arrangement. Cut handfuls of basil, mint (make sure you cut some stem so you can put it all in water), chives, whatever you have on hand. If any of your herbs have started to flower, grab some of them, too, for color. Adding onion flowers (the white bulb-like blossom in the picture) would be a mixed blessing because it means your onions stopped growing prematurely (usually due to extreme temperature fluctuations similar to what we’ve experienced this summer). On the other hand, they’ll look stunning in your centerpiece!
You’ll want a relatively shallow vase because your stems won’t be that tall, and I’ve found it helpful to have a dense bunch of herbs so they stay together and don’t droop. It’s amazing how long they’ll last, giving you enjoyment long after your guests have left.