Minneapolis is in a state of worship. Every alley, sidewalk and forgotten yard has big luscious heads of peonies bowed, petals pooling. At $10.99 a bunch, why not cut? Yet it can be strangely difficult to actually harvest our own flowers - even in a cutting garden.
What do you think? And what's in your cutting garden?
We plant cheerful, grandmotherly and highly prolific flowers that are easy to grow like zinnias, dahlias, daisies and weird forms of sunflower.
But before our own flowers are up, the early waves of wasted lilacs and peonies in this short northern summer make us want to take to the street with shears.
Yes, we asked a neighbor if we could grab some low-hanging alley dwellers. He said well, ok, sure... a few.