Thrifty Things Friday #53

Hi everyone!

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

happythumbWell, the weather is slowly starting to warm up a bit again. We have had a couple of weeks of cold weather.

My thrift thing for today is to help you fill your flower beds with beautiful free flowers!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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!

 


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Okay, let’s see your thriftiness!

I am joining:

Fertilizer Friday

Tickled Pink

Home Sweet Home

Feathered Nest

21 comments :

  1. Hi lovely lady.
    Your garden photos are Beautiful for this Spring. Thanks so much for hosting your linky party today so sweet of you. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Happy Easter.
    XXOO Diane

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  2. Thanks for helping our gardens grow in a THRIFTY way!!! You're a great hostess!!!

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  3. I shop my own gardens all the time. I also participate in seed exchanges and cutting exchanges from blogs. Love that Monarda!

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  4. What gorgeous flowers! Thanks so much for hosting! Happy Easter to you and your family.

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  5. Love getting free flowers and plants! I used to have a Gardner's brunch every year- friends would bring all their overflow of plants and seeds and we would have a big party exchanging them!

    Thank so for the party! Have a blessed Easter with family and friends

    Bee blessed
    mary

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  6. Thank you so much for having me great hostess! These are some gorgeous flowers. Have a HAPPY and BLESSED EASTER!
    FABBY

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  7. Gorgeous! I've never taken part in a plant swap, what a terrific idea. Happy Easter! Joined in this week with my thrifty birthday finds.

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  8. My mouth dropped when I saw all your plants...then I realized they must be from last year! I need to thin my day lilies and iris out this year for sure. I hope I can find someone that would like a few.
    Thanks again for hosting!
    Happy Easter to you, Troy and the Princess!

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  9. Love your blooming post. Nothing I enjoy more than beautiful flowers.

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  10. Thanks so much for hosting my friend. Come by on Monday to NTT and see how I spent my Sam's Gift Card that I won from your blog (I almost I had it). Hope you and your have a wonderful and blessed Easter.

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  11. FLOWERS are lovely, indeed. FREE ones even better. Nothing much blooming here. I can't nurture a garden anymore with my knees problems. hope the SPRING Dance with the Princess was delightful. HAPPY EASTER.

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  12. Your day lilies are just so pretty.
    I hope that you had fun and danced well in your swirly skirt. How cute.
    Have a Happy Easter
    Hugs

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  13. Your flowers are so pretty and each year I think i'm going to get a nice planted bed done....maybe this year? Thanks for hosting this fun party! Happy Easter to you and your family. Hugs, Linda

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  14. Your flower beds are beautiful. What a beautiful lily that was almost swept away! I want to see the swirly skirt too….
    Happy Easter.

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  15. Love the triple bloom of that orange daylily! And such an amazing find! I'd probably end up with another 'Happy Returns'. :P

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  16. Ah, I love free plants :) The people at wal-mart and meijer usually say no when I try to remove their 'dead' plants that are in their big trash bins, so I have to sneak it. jerks!

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  17. Thanks for hosting! And thanks for the great tips on the plants! Yours are so pretty.

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  18. I love your beautiful FREE flowers. Great assortment. Great idea about asking neighbors to share. My next door neighbor has always sahred with me. My Amaryllis bulbs are all up and down my street.
    Have a joyful Easter, Ginger

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  19. Such a great tip, Diann. Thank you!! Your flowers are gorgeous. Thank you for the invitation to your party. I have linked up #37 and#38! Happy Easter!

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  20. I am so far behind this week that I can't even see straight!!! I am here now enjoying your share in my little party. Thank you so much for linking in this week!!! I hope to see you again soon!!! I am sharing this post on the Tootsie Time Facebook page! Hugs from Alberta Canada!!!
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  21. Beautiful flowers! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

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Thank you for taking the time to comment! I love to hear your ideas. If you ask a question, I will answer it here in a comment back to you. Please check back! Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful day! Diann :)