Friday, May 11, 2012

"Poor People Have Poor Ways"

I can remember my Mom saying that...

Well, as you know there seems to be no or little money in the budget for flowers this year.
I hate to say how much I normally spend.
The twins got me a hanging basket and another beautiful basket for 1515, i brought home.
Mr. also took all the ferns, geraniums  and hanging geraniums to work over the winter. Thank goodness, it has saved us a bundle.
Here is something i have had for a long time.........
points!
From the local nursery, I had them in my purses, desk drawers everywhere.
I thought...lets cash them in this year!

I added and added....I had over 750 points! yippee!
enough to fill up part of the back seat.

I was so happy, they had a Sara Bernhardt peony. I lost mine when they had to dig up our yard for the water main break.
They also had a yellow peony. I have been wanting one for a long time, but it seemed they were always expensive.
Also replacing the hollyhocks and Shasta daisy I lost too.
I am so grateful they have the program for frequent buyers!

It is to fix this mess

one poor hosta and weeds...gone is the peony and I still need to replace my Mary Rose, David Austin rose.
The area use to look like this............

It will take a few years to look like this again.

I am grateful for other things coming up unexpectedly
All my dahlia's! and they are huge, guess I am glad I did not dig them up.

I would say this is a proven winner!! It came back in a window box!
Saved me $3!

I have some marigolds and  alysums that came back to.

So this is definitely a Thrifty Post!
It was all free!!


18 comments:

Diann said...

Way to thrift for flowers! 98% of my flowers are all freebies as well. Tomorrow is one of our local plant exchanges so, I am excited to see what I come home with for free! Thank you for joining TTF this week and have a wonderful weekend and a very happy Mother's Day!

Jill said...

Anything free is good and especially flowers, it can get quite expensive!!

Shelia said...

Hi Ann! Oh,that's wonderful you can save points for more flowers. I've never heard of this. I'm sure your bed will fill out in no time! Thanks for your sweet comments!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Curtains in My Tree said...

well good deal, YOU GOT FLOWERS again LOL
good for you keeping your flower coupons

I want some hostas real bad and waiting on my neighbor & daughter to thin theirs out LOL so I can get a start.
I have shot my wad of money already on a flower pot my dancing ladies

if you haven't seen dancing ladies , I did a post on going to a beautiful nursery with my neighbor lady who spends every extra dollar on plants , her yard is a paradise

Olive Cooper said...

Good for you saving points for flowers. Can you get cuttings of plants from your kind neighbors?

ann said...

I would say that you hit the jack pot. Usually those rewards don't carry over to the new season. Hope your Mother's Day is wonderful.

Sue said...

The nursery where I shop offers 10% back for each dollar spent and it often sends out $10 coupons for each $50 spent. I earned big bucks back for next month with my purchases this month! LOL How fortunate you were to have wintered over many of your plants. I am such a novice gardener and will have lots to do in our backyard this year. We had it completely re-landscaped in the fall. You can see our project HERE. Hope all your new plants do well!
:-) Sue

Rose H (UK) said...

How sweet to get all that for free! Your garden is going to look gorgeous again :o)
Rose H
xx

Tobi Britton*pinkpixieforest.blogspot.com said...

Hi Ann! I feel ya girl- I have tried in the past to save money by buying seeds... only to have a big box of them that finally got stuck in the rain when I carelessly left them on the porch. Funny thing happened- they started to sprout so I finally stopped procrastinating and planted them and had pretty flowers! great that you could redeem those points! You can divide up your hosta too and make a few more.
Happy MD!
Sparkly Hugs,
Tobi and the Pixies!

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Woo hoo! what a great system! Looks like you're all set! Love the new deck. That dent from your hailstorm was pretty impressive. I could not believe the size of that melting hail!

Susie said...

What a great deal. Now you can get your beds like you want them. Smiles, Susie

Lottie said...

Your garden will look beautiful again! Great bunch of flowers for free.

NanaDiana said...

I hate losing plants. They are so expensive to replace, aren't they? Your gardens will be beautiful again, you know?

I never even knew there IS a yellow peony! xo Diana

JoKnows said...

That's awesome that you got all those flowers for free! It's incredible how expensive flowers and plants can be. Your yard looks lovely.

Donna said...

Free IS good! How fun to spend your points1 I've never heard of yellow peonies before, sounds pretty. Can hardly wait to dig in the dirt once we get home:)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Point well taken. :) How blessed we are with natural beauty. Wait, I am referring to gardens, but you're pretty too. :)

Ivy and Elephants said...

So glad you've found a way to get all your pretty flowers back. Your yard will be just gorgeous again soon.
Hugs,
Patti

Pam said...

Well you got a tone of flowers for your "money"! I love the Sarah Bernhardts. I'm so happy that some of your other flowers have popped up too. It doesn't get thriftier than that!