The Modern Southern Garden: Goldenrod

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The Modern Southern Garden

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Goldenrod

The modern southern garden should include a variety of blooms that open late in the season. Goldenrod, also known as Solidago, is a member of the Aster family of plants & may be identified by their bright yellow blooms that from a distance appear to have a feathery texture. Generally speaking, there are over 100 species of goldenrod with most as perennials, meaning they will return each year. Goldenrod is often found along roadsides or meadows swaying in the breeze with their tiny flowers atop 4 to 5 foot leafy green spikes. They spread underground through rhizomes or directly through seeds & although the blooms appear as golden brooms from a distance, up close you will notice the minuscule daisy-like composition of each one. It is noted as a natural resource of rubber that is located in the leaves & said to have been used on Henry Ford’s very first Model T’s. 

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How To Create Beautiful Arrangements With Goldenrod

Lovely flower arrangements should change with the seasons so begin by choosing items currently in bloom. Savvy southerners know to have distinctive, indigenous garden varieties planted around their outdoor space that can be used for a number of occasions. These arrangements are designed to be effortless & fast to prepare since entertaining involves many fine details as the event draws closer. Solidago is a lovely wildflower known to attract bumblebees & other insects. The blooms may be used to create simple arrangements perfect for entertaining.
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Once you are familiar with several plant varieties, making your own flower arrangements can be fun & fulfilling. Goldenrod is the state flower of Nebraska & Kentucky. It actually thrives in poor soil & is known to be drought tolerant & deer resistant. However they perform quite well in semi-shady woodlands & boggy locations, too. Goldenrod is a wonderful cut flower as their bold blooms pair beautifully with sunflowers, St. Johns Wort & seed pods when creating lovely fall entertaining arrangements ideal for tailgating festivities, birthday parties & small casual gatherings with friends. 

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* Southern Born * Southern Bred * Tailgate Queen * Football Fanatic * Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Techniques Instructor * Cooking & Baking Tutorials * Media Personality * Baking & Pastry Artist * Gardener * Runner * Retainer of Useless Pop Culture One Liners * Terrible Dancer * Even Worse Singer * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rebecca Gordon shares over 20 years of cooking knowledge in the instructional filled original editorial content on Buttermilk Lipstick as well as the cooking class format videos that can be found on her YouTube channel through regular collaboration with numerous media outlets. Gordon draws from an extensive background in corporate publishing spanning over 13 years on both the business and editorial side focusing on women’s southern lifestyle. She is a classically trained pastry chef and draws from fine dining restaurant experience from a James Beard award winning chef as well as her southern roots upbringing to share cooking, entertaining & style content relevant to today’s modern woman.

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