I love flowers! But, since our business is herbs and this year, having farm land, it has expanded into veggies as well, flowers kind of get put on the back burner. We have to focus all of our time on the things that create income for us.
I still want beautiful flowers around my home. In order to do that, they must take no effort on my part or cost anything. Tall order huh?!
It really is not as difficult as it sounds!
This flower bed is so insanely full that we have to and I do mean HAVE to thin it this Fall! But, it is gorgeous!
All of the plants in this flower bed were freebies. A cutting from this person, plants from plant exchanges and even a crushed bulb I found on the ground.
One of the things to keep in mind, is we live in a townhouse. We have no outside water source. Yup, that’s right, no water hose or spigot outside! So, if we have to water, it is taking pitchers from our kitchen out to the plants. Not a favorite chore of mine! So, we plant low maintenance things.
For this reason, I try not to do hanging baskets or planters. The only planters I like to use are big ones that can retain water better than small ones.
I just don’t like to haul water out. And so, I don’t! All of my beds, both flower and herbs only get water when it rains. And we haven’t had a lot of rain this year in our little town. It can be pouring rain less than a mile from our house and not touch us. It has to do with the fact that we live next to a Great Lake and when the storm gets close to us, it simple whooshes over and out across the lake.
This year we received a baby peony. I love peonies and have always wanted one. We also had a couple of lilies and some some rose plants that were given to us and needed to get planted. We had no room in our flower bed (above) so, we created a new bed.
Not a real attractive area. This is on the side of the building and right next to the ugly AC unit. It needed some pretty-ing up anyway!
The wood came from a pile we got off Craigslist for free. The bricks on the side came from my parents. And the soil we added was from our compost bin mixed with soil from the greenhouse, also free.The white wash tub in the corner (which we planted the mini roses in) was a dumpster dive find.
You can see that the two lilies went in first.
Next the little peony. Then we found a seed package that was just labeled “miscellaneous wildflowers”. We had the pack for several years from a gardening class we attended. We had no idea what, if anything would grow but, we sprinkled the pack over the rest of the soil and waited!
This is what it looks like today! Just beautiful! no weeding or watering has happened in the flower bed.
Calendula and marigolds.
Black Eye Susans
I don’t even know what these are. We have them in this pretty blue-ish purple and in a pale pink.
These beautiful little zinnias are just stunning in every imaginable color! And they just keep producing!
There are so many lovely flowers growing in here and there are tons of blooms that have not blossomed yet.
All of this stunning beauty from an old pack of seeds! No watering, no weeding and no chemicals added!
I have had several neighbors stop by and ask where I bought my flowers and what I have had to do to get them to look this lush. Imagine their surprise when I tell them the truth. LOL
How about you? Do you gather freebie flowers? How are your flowers doing this year?
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