When this is posted I will be at the Princess’s preschool for their Spring Dance. At the request of the Princess, I will be wearing my most twirly-swirly skirt so I can dance better! LOL
My thrift thing for today is to help you fill your flower beds with beautiful free flowers!
The pictures I am sharing are from last summer. They are all of our perennial flower bed. And every flower in this bed was free.
This beautiful Daylily was a freebie. I was at Walmart garden area one day and a kid was sweeping up the floor. I saw a crushed bulb in this dirt and asked him if I could have it. He gave me an odd look and said sure. I had know idea what it was but, I took it home and planted it. That summer only a few green leaves popped up. I knew it was a Daylily from the leaves. I just left it in the pot until the next year. The following year a small but, pretty bloom appeared. That was about 5 years ago and we have planted and divided this plant several times in the flower bed. We will be doing it again this year.
Another type of Daylily. This was given to me from a woman I met somewhere (I so can’t remember where). She was thinning out her Daylilies and offered me some of them. Ask friends, family and neighbors if they thin out their established flowers if you can have some. Trust me, those of us who love our flowers are thrilled to give them to a good home! LOL
These and about 50% of this bed are free from plant exchanges. I can’t wait to go to this years exchange which will be next month. Check you local papers for upcoming plant swaps. They will be starting in the next month or two depending on where you live. To be honest, most of the flowers we receive at the Plant Swaps, we have no idea what they will look like when they bloom. We just plant them and wait and see. If we don’t like them, we can always remove them.
This is actually an herb called Bee Balm. It is a major attracter of Hummingbirds and Butterflies. They love the tubular petals and the nectar inside. We knew we wanted some Bee Balm in our perennial flower bed for just that reason. We saw in Craiglist that someone put an ad in there saying they were clearing some out of their yard and would be happy to give them away. So, that is how we got this beauty.
A couple of things that I love about this bed is that the flowers bloom at different times throughout Spring, Summer and Fall. So, we always have something blooming. Also, the greens are lush and varied in colors. So, even when flowers are not in bloom, the greenery is gorgeous! And of course, they were all FREE!
This year, this bed is so thick we will be thinning out flowers to take to the plant exchange for new plants.
So, you can get plenty of beautiful free flowers/plants if you check around. Lots of sources out there, you just have to search them out.
Don’t forget, this Saturday is this month’s Thrifty Tablescape Party! I hope you can join and show your pretty thrifty table things. Remember, you don’t have to do a full blown tablescape if you don’t want to. It can me a thrifty tea setting, a setting for one, a birthday party table…etc. As long as it is thrifty!
Okay, let’s see your thriftiness!
I am joining: